Joins Daren White as most recent recipients
Francine Robichaud was recently presented the YMCA Peace Medal.
Francine Robichaud accepts the YMCA Peace Medal from Mac Hawco of the Cumberland YMCA. She was honoured for her years of service to the community including the St. Charles and Holy Family Parish CWL.
AMHERST – A longtime supporter of the Catholic Women’s League at St. Charles and Holy Family Parish was recently named a recipient of a YMCA Peace Medal.
Francine Robichaud joins Spring Street Academy teacher Daren White as the most recent recipients of the medal that’s presented to a group or individual that demonstrates a commitment to peace through special contributions in the community or overseas.
“She has always approached life with faith and joy, greeting everyone with a smile and welcoming people of different nationalities into her and my father Adrian’s home and office,” Robichaud’s daughter, Catherine Moses, said. “She is the type of person who volunteers her time and does not ask for anything in return. She brings peace and strength to our community and she touches the lives of people everywhere she goes.”
Robichaud worked as her husband’s office manager for more than 40 years and both she and her husband volunteered their time to choreograph dance routines for school plays, school dances and Girl Guides.
She also canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society and as a Girl Guide leader. She volunteered in the canteen at the Warren racetrack when her sons were into motorcross racing and she was a lay reader, Eucharistic minister and church decorator in the former St. Charles Parish.
She was very active in the CWL, starting the annual parish festival in 1981 and holding numerous executive positions including president and past-president three times each, and was in charge of organization, spiritual development and communications.
Her responsibilities for communications included being on the calling committee for events such as funerals.
Robichaud also does the newspaper write-ups for the CWL and she’s involved in events like the successful fall tea, turkey suppers, pancake suppers and selling tickets.
She has also gone to diocesan, provincial and national CWL conventions.
Robichaud has also worked with the Amherst Golf Club and the Amherst Kodokan Judo Academy.