The Daigle reunion in Halifax, Nova Scotia held on Aug.
8, 2004 in conjunction with Congres Mondial Acadien 2004 can now be spoken of in
the past tense and quite a reunion it was. Of particular interest, and
probably the highlight of the Daigle gathering, was a visit to the site of the
original property of ancestor Olivier Daigre. Mark Roberson and Marie-Josee
Rosconi presently have a beautiful home located on 2 acres of the original
property. At the reunion, which took place on the beautiful campus
of Mount St. Vincent University, a presentation on the history of this land was
made by this couple as well as, a presentation by a family member who sailed
from LeHavre, France, a discussion of the Jean Daigre family line, instructions
and demonstrations of Cajun dancing, and an interesting address by Alvin Daigle
of the New Brunswick Daigle Association. Carol Aucoin, the Cajun
philosopher and humorist, gave a presentation that brought tears and laughter,
sometimes simultaneously, from all who attended. She compared the
preparation of the Cajun dish, gumbo, to the deportation and eventual evolution
of the current Acadian and "Cajun" people.
Over 200 people were in attendance at
the reunion. We were very pleased with this turnout since preparation and
planning was rather difficult because of the distance between Louisiana and Nova
Scotia. Thanks to the officers and members of Association de la Famille
Daigle and Marcel Daigle, our representative in Nova Scotia, for all the
hard work during the planning stages.
More information on the reunion can be
found in our quarterly publication, "The Eagle's Wings". To
receive this publication please consider becoming a member.
Also you may click here to view an article in the Halifax
Click here to view photos from the
gathering on the Daigle land, the reunion, and some of the sites visited in
The next Daigle reunion, in conjunction
with Congres Mondial Acadien, will be in New Brunswick in 2009 in early
August. This web site will keep you updated on this as plans develop.