Michel Chartier becomes president of the Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface

He brings valuable knowledge and expertise to the Board, particularly as a seasoned negotiator. 

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Winnipeg, March 15, 2024 - Michel Chartier was named President of Les Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface at the Board of Directors meeting following the Annual General Meeting held on February 1. 

A native of Saint-Lazare, Manitoba, Michel Chartier is a lawyer with Monk Goodwin LLP specializing in civil litigation and administrative law, with a particular interest in heritage preservation issues. He brings valuable knowledge and expertise to the Board, particularly as a seasoned negotiator. 

“I am honoured by the confidence of my colleagues on the Board who have chosen me as Chairman," says Michel Chartier. The mission of Les Ami.e.s du carré civique is fundamental for Saint-Boniface, since its success will enable us to safeguard for future generations a jewel of our heritage that tells a large part of the story of Manitoba's French-speaking community. But more than just preserving buildings, the mission of Les Ami.e.s. is also to ensure that this site remains vibrant and public, and that it serves the residents of the neighbourhood and all Winnipeggers. That's what we're continuing to work on with our partner organizations and the City of Winnipeg.”

At its inaugural meeting on February 28, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the St. Boniface Civic Square also appointed the other members of its Executive Committee. In addition to Michel Chartier as president, they are: vice-president Bintou Sacko, treasurer Marc Normandeau and secretary Walter Kleinschmit. David Dandeneau is responsible for fundraising initiatives and Sylviane Lanthier is in charge of communications and social media.

Carole Boily, Lucienne Châteauneuf, Alex Comeault, Ruphine Djuissi, Nicholas Douklias, Roland Painchaud, Bertrand Pauget and Gilles Pelletier complete the Board of Directors.

Following recent public consultations on the future of the Civic Square, and an online survey in which some 1,000 people gave their views, the City is organising a fourth meeting of the public engagement committee leading the project. 

The meeting, which takes place on 15 March, is Michel Chartier's first as president of Les Ami.e.s du carré civique. The purpose of the meeting is to allow municipal administrators and some twenty people representing various community organizations to take stock of the consultations and prepare a report to be submitted to the Standing Committee on Property and Development. 

The president of the Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface points out that at this stage, "It is essential that the municipal council agree that the city should retain ownership of the former city hall, the fire station, the sculpture garden and the building housing the offices of the Festival du Voyageur”. Michel Chartier stresses that it is "equally essential that the City commit to negotiating a long-term lease with a community organisation that will be responsible for managing this land and the heritage buildings on it". 

Become a Member

Your $5 annual membership ensures the continuity of the entire St. Boniface Civic Square for the benefit of Manitoba's Francophonie. With your membership, you will receive accurate and current information on the development of this property. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the governance of the organization.

Make a Donation

Les Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface inc. is a charitable organization (charitable number - 793544701) that will issue a tax receipt for all donations received.

One-time donations can be made by PayPal, credit or debit card. • By e-transfer to: Les Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface inc. , with notice to carrecivique@gmail.com • By cheque payable to: Les Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface inc. • Send to our PO Box.