Back in Québec!
NEWS – Quebec (August 24-28)
By Fabienne Breton
It was a very emotional moment for Michel and Jean-Léon when they crossed back into Quebec last Friday for the second time.
Weekend of August 25-26 – A warm welcome in Amqui from Carl Patry and Lisa Tardif and many friends who came to lend their support to Michel.
August 25 – What can be better than sharing a meal with your family at a restaurant to relax and enjoy a change of scenery…a luxury that Michel and Jean-Léon allowed themselves just twice since they set out on their journey. From left to right, André, Jean-Léon, Chantal, Manon, Clément, Brigitte and Michel, our hero. But where’s Mollo? Behind the camera?
Sunday, August 26 – Michel and his friend Clément left Amqui and headed out into a vicious wind. Along the way, they stopped briefly in a small town called Sayabec, located between Amqui and Rimouski. By pure chance, they stopped in front of the home of the mayor, Danielle Marcoux, and took time out for a short visit. Tomorrow, starting from Rimouski, Michel will retrace his route in the motor home to go and meet the mayor of Amqui.
Monday, August 27 – Michel had a very warm welcome from Mayor Gaétan Ruest of Amqui. After signing the town’s guest book, together they visited Maurice Gagné Park and the magnificent Beausejour covered bridge that was restored in 2005. How beautiful! Amqui is an aboriginal word that means “place of enjoyment or pleasure.” And that was what Michel did today, after clocking just 35 kilometres, because the motor home needed some repairs. After the repairs were completed, they set out again for Rimouski, where they spent the night.
Tuesday, August 28 – Earlier today, Michel with Mr. Donald Bélanger, Deputy Mayor for the City of Rimouski while signing the town’s guest book.
Michel wants to use this extraordinary journey to promote the fact that Mira has provided a total of 46 dogs to Canadians living outside of Quebec and the Maritimes. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand for Mira’s free Service Dogs, he is rolling out the first cross-Canada campaign to call upon the generosity of Canadians across the country. Michel will reach out to millions of Canadians and hopes to see them cheering him on and donating to Mira’s Foundation as he passes through their communities.