The Francophone community shaken by the death of Martin Arseneau

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The Ontario Francophonie is in mourning following the death of the Executive Director of Réseau Ontario (RO), Martin Arseneau, 42 years old, for natural causes.

The reactions on social networks were quick to come out. First of all, Réseau Ontario honored the memory of a greatly appreciated man who made an invaluable contribution to the French fact in Ontario.

A proud Acadian from Tracadie, Martin Arseneau chose French Ontario to occupy numerous management positions up to the general management of RO. His career also led him to get involved with the Congrès mondial acadien as director of communications in 2014.

Wave of reactions

The announcement of the death of Martin Arseneau spontaneously caused a tsunami of publications on social networks to pay tribute to him.

“My heart is in pieces. You who have always encouraged, guided, advised, reassured me. You who could always make me laugh until I cried. Who saw in me what I could not see myself ”, commented Pascale Arseneau of which he was the godfather.

“A man so dedicated, so much for his work, the Francophone community, his family and his friends. He will certainly leave a big void around him,” said his niece, Amélie Arseneau.

It is thanks to his leadership and his vision that we owe him major projects that will mark French Ontario forever.”, indicated Benoit Roy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Réseau Ontario. In his comment, he highlights in particular how Martin Arseneau was able to guide the RO boat during the pandemic period.

The director of the Les trois p’tits points cultural centre, Marie-Claude Sabourin, also contributed to this concert of praise for him. “A departure much too early. Thank you Martin Arseneau for everything you have done for the cultural community in French Ontario, but also, thank you for being an exceptional mentor. “, she wrote.

“Dear Martin, you will be missed. Your thoughts have influenced our plans and we will do our best to honor them. We will miss your humor and your analyzes »published for its part the Cultural Alliance of Ontario.

Tributes are planned soon by Réseau Ontario. More details will follow.

The article is in French

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