The evening started with a bang – MP Philip Toone
presented the Queen Elizabeth medal to Joan Dow,
Founder of the British Heritage Village (BHV)
in New Richmond.
Joan and Philip talked together about the Village.
Then Joan Dow spoke about the beginnings of the village.
The BHV is now run by the dynamic Kim Harrison,
a descendent of the Deserter and thus a relative.
She has built the Heritage Village into a thriving institution
commemorating the contribution of the British Isles
to the now mainly French Gaspe Coast.
Then we moved to the small but vibrant
church of St. Mary Magdalen.
Philip introduced me to Doreen Bird-Daley,
the dynamic United Church minister.
Philip is undoubtedly the best Federal MP
our region of the Gaspe has ever had. Doreen,
new to The Alford Saga, bought all five books!
First Philip Toone, Federal MP, introduced me
with a talk about how churches are
the backbone of his territory.
I spoke to the tiny community, which nonetheless
bought over fifty copies of The Chaplain
to support their church.
Joan Dow busily kept track of the books she had sold.