Nancy Russell, Donna Allen and Audette Chaisson recognized
The Sister Antoinette DesRoches Historical Committee has announced that the Gilbert Buote Award for 2008 has been presented to Nancy Russell, Donna Allen, and Audette Chiasson for the series “Vive l’Acadie de l’Île.” The series was a project of CBC’s Island Morning show in collaboration with Radio-Canada’s morning show, Le Réveil. It was produced to mark the 250th anniversary of the Deportation of the Acadians of Prince Edward Island. Sixteen episodes were broadcast on Island Morning and seven on Le Réveil. In addition, a few episodes were broadcast on Maritime Noon produced in Halifax.
In awarding the Gilbert Buote Award to Nancy Russell, Donna Allen, and Audette Chiasson, the Sister Antoinette DesRoches Historical Committee recognizes the quality of this large-scale project. According to the Committee it brought to a broad audience, both English- and French-speaking, important chapters dealing with the history of the Acadian community of Prince Edward Island, as well as significant information pertaining to the contribution of the Acadian community to contemporary Island culture. The Committee says that this series, which featured interviews with Acadians from across the Island, also underlined the major challenges involved in keeping both the French language and the Acadian culture alive and vibrant on the Island.
“Vive l’Acadie de l’Île” can still be listened to in English on CBC’s website (www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2008/10/21/pe-f-vive-lacadie.html) and in French on Radio-Canada Acadie’s website (www.radio-canada.ca/regions/acadie/dossiers).
The Gilbert Buote Award is presented annually by the Sister Antoinette DesRoches Historical Committee as a means of recognizing outstanding projects in the fields of Acadian history and heritage on Prince Edward Island.