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AFGS French Canadian Hall of Fame


The American-French Genealogical Society hall of fame annually recognizes individuals of French-Canadian ancestry who have made significant contributions to their community, or who have achieved success in their life’s endeavors. 
French-Canadian Hall of Fame Inductions and Special Achievement Awards are Presented During Annual Awards Event

Class of 2011
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Armand B. Chartier, Ph.D Professor Chartier has devoted most of his working life to education.
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Brother Lawrence Goyette, F.S.C. Established the San Miguel School in Providence in 1993, Brother Lawrence started an inner-city educational model that has led to a national network of more than a dozen San Miguel schools.
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Richard L. Lafrance Ttransformed a family-owned, family style restaurant in Westport, Mass. (White's of Westport)
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Adelard L. Soucy (1886-1931) was said to be the most beloved figure in Woonsocket during the period of immigrant transformation in the early 20th Century.

Armand B. Chartier, Ph.D
Armand B. Chartier, Ph.D Professor Chartier has devoted most of his working life to education. Born in New Bedford, he graduated from Saint Anthony School and went on to study at the Séminaire de Joliette in Quebec. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in French from Assumption College in Worcester. Armand began his teaching career in the Dracut, Mass. public school system, served three years in the U.S. Army, then later taught French at New Bedford High School. In 1970, he received a Doctorate in French from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a specialty in 19th Century French literature. He also taught French at North Adams State College, where he served as Chair of the Department of Languages. In 1971, Armand began a 29-year teaching and research career at the University of Rhode Island, retiring in 2000. While at URI, he taught French language courses at every level, French literature courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and developed courses on the culture of the French in North America and multiculturalism. The main focus of his research has been the history and literature of the French in New England. His Histoire de Franco-Américains de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, 1775-1990 , was published in Quebec in 1991 and was translated to English in 1999.
Armand B. Chartier, Ph.D

Brother Lawrence Goyette, F.S.C.
Brother Lawrence Goyette, F.S.C.   Brother Lawrence Goyette began his teaching career in 1972 at the Cranston-Johnston Catholic Regional School in Cranston, R.I. He has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director at Catholic Schools in Rhode Island, New York City, and Long Island. He was the founding principal of the Genesis Program in Brooklyn, N.Y. When he established the San Miguel School in Providence in 1993, Brother Lawrence started an inner-city educational model that has led to a national network of more than a dozen San Miguel schools. Brother Lawrence served as president of San Miguel School in Providence from 1993-2003. After teaching at The DeLasalle School in Freeport, N.Y., he returned to San Miguel in 2005 as executive director. Brother Lawrence has been honored numerous times for his service in education. In 1992, he was awarded the National Catholic Education Association's Distinguished Teacher Award for the New England Region. In 1997, he was one of six educators nationwide to receive the LaSallian Award. He received the first De LaSalle Award for School Leadership during The Miguel Schools National Convention in 2002. Brother Lawrence has been awarded an honorary doctorate in educational leadership from St. Mary's University in Minnesota, and an honorary doctorate in education from his alma mater, Providence College.
Brother Lawrence Goyette, F.S.C.

Richard L. Lafrance
.Richard L. Lafrance   Richard Lafrance transformed a family-owned, family style restaurant in Westport, Mass., founded by his parents in 1955, into a full scale hospitality business, with four restaurant/ banquet facilities and a growing number of limited service hotels. Richard joined the family enterprise, White's of Westport in June of 1971. He used the opportunity to learn every aspect of the restaurant/ banquet business and spearheaded its phenomenal growth. Today, Richard is the president and CEO of Lafrance Hospitality Company. The company proper- ties not only include White's of Westport and other restaurant and banquet facilites in Dartmouth and Westport in Massachusetts, and hotels in Fairhaven, Franklin, New Bedford, Plymouth and Westport in Mass., Dover, N.H., and Farmington/Milton, Maine. The Lafrance family is well known for community involvement and committment through their support of local causes including St. Anne's Hospital and Bishop Connelly High School, and the United Way of Greater Fall River. Richard, who is a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army, has received numer- ous awards for his community service. In 2009 Lafrance Hospitality Company received theMassachusetts Family Business Association Community Excellence Award, and in 2010 received the New England and Massachusetts Jeffrey H. Butland Family-owned Business of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Richard L. Lafrance

Adelard L. Soucy
Adelard L. Soucy   Adelard L. Soucy (1886-1931) was said to be the most beloved figure in Woonsocket during the period of immigrant transformation in the early 20th Century. Born in Manville, R.I., the son of immigrant French Canadian parents, Adelard was one of the most prominent public figures from the French Canadian community. Said to be of remarkable intelligence, Adelard was sent to Joliette Seminary in Quebec. In 1910, he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Laval University. His extraordinary devotion to his course studies affected his health and he traveled to the Canadian Northwest to recover. He returned to New England in 1914 and became a journalist at the Canado- Americain in Manchester, N.H. He returned to Woonsocket that same year and became manager of the Social Realty Comapny's business bureau. He soon started his own real estate agency where he also sold insurance and became a notary public. Adelard served in the Rhode Island General Assembly from 1914 to 1918. He was elected Mayor of Woonsocket in 1919 and served until 1926. Sometime after 1926 he developed a serious illness which culminated in his death on July 14, 1931at the age of 45.
Adelard L. Soucy
 

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