Celebrations for the 100th anniversary of 68 Prince-Edward Avenue
Last week, the City of Pointe-Claire celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building that now houses the Valois Branch of the Pointe-Claire Public Library. This building, located at 68, Prince-Edward Avenue, was formerly an elementary school, the Valois Protestant School, and first openedin September of 1923.
The event allowed for members of the West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) organization,as well as former students who attended the Valois Protestant School, to gather and celebrate the building’s special milestone.
For the occasion, on August 15, a commemorative plaque installed at the Valois Branch was unveiled and during the evening of August 16 a historical documentary directed by Jason Bolanis was broadcast.
To view the video, click here.
Valois Protestant School
To meet the needs of Valois’ growing population, a new elementary school was built at the corner of Avenue Prince-Edward and Avenue Belmont. When it opened its doors in September of 1923, the Valois Protestant School welcomed a class of 16 children from cycle one of elementary school.
As the population continued to grow, the little red brick school could soon no longer accommodate all the children who wished to attend, which eventually led to its permanent closure in 1961.
In 1991, the City of Pointe-Claire moved the Valois Branch of the Pointe-Claire Public Library to the iconic building, which once housed an elementary school.
From left to right, top to bottom: Mr. Gregory Kelley, Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier, Ms. Cynthia Homan, City Councillor for District 5 – Lakeside Heights, Ms. Kathy Wilson, Chief Library Technician at the Valois Branch, Mr. Tim Thomas, Mayor of Pointe-Claire, Mr. Bruno Tremblay, City Councillor for District 6 – Seigniory, Mr. Gilles Girouard, Director of Culture, Sports, Recreation and Community Development Department, Mr. Claude Cousineau , City Councillor for District 1 – Cedar/Le Village, Mrs. Tara Stainforth, City Councillor for District 4 – Cedar Park Heights, Mr. Brent Cowan, City Councillor for District 8 – Oneida, Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, MP for Lac-Saint-Louis in the House of Commons, Mrs. Cynthia Homan, City Councillor for District 3 – Valois, accompanied by former students of the Valois Protestant School.