The new street of the Beaupré residential complex, in Mont-Joli, will bear the name of the founder of the Saint-Georges sanatorium, which later became the Mont-Joli hospital.
The municipal council unanimously sided with the recommendation of the toponymy committee by choosing the name of Georges-Henri De Champlain, we can read in a press release from the City of Mont-Joli.
“We had a duty to remember Mr. De Champlain, a great Mont-Jolien, a visionary. His legacy still constitutes a major contribution to our city today, both in the field of health and from an economic point of view. The creation of a new street, in the extension of Beaupré street, allows us to finally inscribe his name in the collective memory ”, underlines the mayor of the municipality, Martin Soucy.
Died prematurely at the age of 41, Georges-Henri De Champlain still had time to mark the history of Mont-Joli. His main achievement was to found the sanatorium in 1939. Mr. De Champlain also distinguished himself by his social commitment within the community. He was a municipal councilor from 1939 to 1946, president of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Caisse populaire, as well as a founding member of the Richelieu club. He founded and chaired the Mont-Joli scholarship committee.
“… The sanatorium, which became a hospital in 1967, will have enabled our population to obtain health care nearby, since its founding in 1939. It is an inestimable heritage that we owe to a man of merit”, concludes Martin Soucy.