The Farmers' Bank of Rustico
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Judy MacDonald

Judy MacDonald speaks

Judy MacDonald

Judy MacDonald joined the Friends of the Farmers' Bank Board in 1991 and served as President from 1992 to 2007. She continues to be involved in the Board and in fundraising efforts. Judy received the Jean Doucet Award from the Friends of the Farmers' Bank in 2005, the Queen's Jubilee Award for Volunteerism in 2002, and Honorary Acadian Award from Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin in 2007.



Edward Blanchard

Edward Blanchard speaks

Edward Blanchard:

"My involvement with the Farmers' Bank of Rustico goes back to the year 1937. I was asked by the St. Augustine's Credit Union to attend a three-week course at the Extension Department of St. Francis Xavier University of Antigonish, Nova Scotia on the cooperative and Credit Union Movement.

My great grandfather, Marin Blanchard was the first cashier of the Farmers' Bank in the year 1864 and many stories were handed down to my father and myself over the years. My father was a great admirer of Father Belcourt and spoke on many occasions on the great work he accomplished while pastor in Rustico from 1859-1869. When I retired in 1979, I became again involved with the Farmers' Bank in many areas and since incorporation in 1996, I have acted as Secretary-Treasurer."



Francis Blanchard

Francis Blanchard speaks

Francis C. Blanchard, B.A., M.Ed Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) is the son of Professor J. Henri Blanchard and like his father has been a champion for the Acadian people of Prince Edward Island. In 2004, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. For services rendered to French education and culture, the Prime Minister of France awarded him the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, with the title of Chevalier, on September 16, 2005.

Since his retirement in 1989 from teaching, Mr. Blanchard has remained active in the community serving on several boards. He has been involved in the Farmers' Bank for many years and has served on the Board in a number of positions.



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