Thursday, August 22, 2013
Maine's Credit Unions are proud to be announce its recent commitment as a major supporter of the World Acadian Congress, which will be hosted by Acadia of the Lands and Forests throughout August 2014. The event, which has been held every five years since 1994, is a major celebration of Acadian history and culture, and draws on the community's commitment and promotes the Acadian culture, heritage and amenities.
The celebration brings together Acadians from everywhere through a series of reunions, conferences and events, and will be held August 8 through August 24, with events taking place in the St. John Valley in Northern Maine, as well as in Northwestern New Brunswick and Southeastern Quebec. The 2014 World Acadian Congress will have an economic impact of more than $55 million dollars in the areas the celebrations will take place.
"The history of the Acadian Culture and that of Maine's Credit Unions are strongly connected," John Murphy, President of Maine Credit Union League, explained. "We look forward to celebrating the common bond of this shared heritage, as well as the shared philosophy of 'people helping people' with this historic occasion."
This shared philosophy can be seen through the sale of commemorative World Acadian Congress 2014 License plates by Maine's Credit Unions. By special legislation passed by the Maine Legislature, these plates can be placed on the front of a vehicle, over the existing plate, through December 31, 2015. A portion of all plates sold goes to Maine regional committee and to the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger. A list of credit unions selling these special plates can be found here.
Additionally, through this sponsorship, Maine's Credit Unions will donate $25,000 to the celebration over a two-year period. The Maine Credit Union League will furnish profiles and articles of how credit unions have embraced the culture inherited from their Acadian descendants. In addition to this monetary support, the events surrounding the celebration will be promoted to the nearly 630,000 Maine Credit Union members, in credit union branches, through statewide communications, and with media partnerships and opportunities.
Murphy and credit union representatives from Aroostook County announced the partnership at a special gathering with officials of the World Acadian Congress in St. Agatha recently. Emilien Nadeau, President of the World Acadian Congress, was among those attending the gathering and called the support of Maine's credit unions "very much appreciative and a tribute to the commitment of Maine's credit unions to supporting the people and communities they serve. We value this partnership."