Honouring Honourable Mauril Bélanger with a Special Painting Unveiling

On the memorable evening of June 12 2023 at Beechwood Cemetery, a significant event took place to honour the legacy of Honourable Mauril Bélanger. The evening was filled with heartfelt speeches, a moment of reflection, and the unveiling of a beautiful painting that captures Bélanger's spirit and dedication. This event highlighted not only Bélanger's contributions but also his integral role in having Beechwood recognized as the National Cemetery of Canada.

The event commenced with a warm welcome from the master of ceremonies, Nick McCarthy. He addressed the attendees in both English and French, setting the tone for the evening. McCarthy acknowledged the significance of the occasion, emphasizing the importance of Bélanger's legacy and the purpose of the gathering. He also paid respect to the indigenous territory on which Beechwood Cemetery is located, acknowledging the presence of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation.

Hon Marie-P. Charette-Poulin delivered the opening remarks, highlighting Bélanger's contributions and the significance of the painting unveiling. Her speech reflected on Bélanger’s dedication to public service and his impact on the community and nation.

Speaker of the House, the Honourable Greg Fergus addressed the attendees, reflecting on Bélanger’s contributions to Beechwood Cemetery and his impact on national issues. Fergus acknowledged Bélanger's role in advocating for the cemetery's designation as the National Cemetery of Canada, a significant achievement driven by Bélanger’s tireless efforts.

Next, the Honourable Mona Fortier, the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, shared her personal reflections on Bélanger’s legacy within the community. She recounted her experiences working closely with Bélanger and highlighted his role in advocating for Beechwood Cemetery. Her speech was filled with personal anecdotes, showcasing Bélanger's dedication to public service.

Before the unveiling, artist Bernard Poulin shared his inspiration and the process of creating the artwork. Poulin expressed his deep respect for Bélanger and provided insight into the artistic journey and the personal connection he felt while capturing Bélanger’s essence.

The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the painting of the Honourable Mauril Bélanger.

Unveiling of Mauril Belanger by artist Bernard Poulin

This poignant moment featured Catherine Bélanger, alongside The Honourable Greg Fergus, The Honourable Mona Fortier, and The Honourable Marie-Paule Charette-Poulin and the artist Bernad Poulin, assisting in with the unveiling. The audience applauded as the painting was revealed, showcasing Bélanger's enduring spirit.

As the formal part of the program concluded, Nick McCarthy expressed gratitude to all the speakers and attendees. He thanked Catherine Bélanger for her continued support and dedication, as well as Marie-P. Charette-Poulin and Bernard Poulin for their contributions. McCarthy encouraged everyone to take a moment to view the painting up close and to continue discussing Bélanger’s remarkable life.

The evening concluded with a gathering, which g provided a perfect end to a night filled with reflection, celebration, and remembrance. The event was a fitting tribute to Honourable Mauril Bélanger, celebrating his enduring legacy and the profound impact he had on the community and nation.