Help Us Rebuild History at the Saint-Colomban Cemetery!

Join us in preserving the rich heritage of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery by supporting our fundraising campaign to rebuild the crumbling wall that safeguards numerous historic monuments. Together, we can ensure the protection and restoration of this sacred site for generations to come.

The Need

The existing wall supporting the monuments in the Saint-Colomban Cemetery is deteriorating, putting at risk the precious monuments that bear witness to the history of this cherished community. Without prompt intervention, these irreplaceable artifacts may be lost forever. We aim to raise $30,000 to rebuild the wall and safeguard the memory of the past.

Our Goal

With your generous contributions, we will rebuild the wall, reinforcing its structural integrity and preserving the historic monuments within its protective embrace. Your support will directly impact the preservation of this sacred space, enabling future generations to connect with their ancestors and appreciate the heritage that defines us.

Why it Matters

The Saint-Colomban Cemetery is not just a resting place for the departed but also a living testament to the cultural and historical legacy of our community. By rebuilding the wall, we are not only honoring the memory of those who came before us but also ensuring that their stories and contributions endure.

Join Us

Help us reach our $30,000 goal by making a donation today! Every contribution, big or small, makes a significant impact on the restoration of this sacred site. Together, let's watch the thermometer rise as we strive to rebuild history, one brick at a time.

Donate and Make a Difference

Visit our donation form to make a secure online donation. You can also contribute by sending a cheque to CIMPN at 61 rue Somerset, Baie D’Urfe, Quebec, Canada, H9X 2V8. Let's work together to rebuild the wall and preserve the remarkable legacy of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery.

Thank you for your support and for joining us in this important endeavor. Together, we can ensure that the past continues to inspire and educate future generations.

Emmett Matthew Hall

Emmett Matthew Hall may not be the first name that pops into your head when it comes to a Cool Canadian, but once you hear of his achievements, it will be impossible for you to forget him.

Emmett Hall was born in St.-Columban, Québec, in 1898 and moved to Saskatoon when he was 12. From there he went on to study Law at the University of Saskatchewan, and became friendly with future Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Once he graduated in 1919 he practiced law in the province until 1957 when Diefenbaker appointed him to preside over Saskatchewan’s Court of the Queen’s Bench. He was later promoted to Chief Justice of Saskatchewan in 1961, and then just a year later he was appointed to Canada’s Supreme Court. Though he served on the Supreme Court for 11 years it is not his rulings there that have left him in the minds of Canadians.

Hall’s achievements that are listed below are as unique as the man himself:

  • Hall chaired the Royal Commission on health services in 1961, which took 4 years to complete. This report proposed a universal Medicare system for all in Canada.
  • Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson’s government approved the report in 1967, during Canada’s centennial celebrations.
  • He reviewed and designed Ontario’s primary and secondary school systems in 1968. His report focused on the need to accommodate teaching to the stages of child development and on alternative education.
  • Hall reported on the provincial court structure within Saskatchewan in 1974.

Hall was recognized for his hard work, which went towards bettering Canada. The University of Ottawa distinguished him by appointing him with the one and only Canadian Honorary medical degree. The University of Saskatchewan also added to Hall’s resume by making him the Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 1980-86. Emmett Matthew Hall died at the age of 96, yet his positive influence on modern Canada is still felt today.

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