New additions to Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin

Eric McMurray
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SSTA welcomes new program director and communications officer

SUMMERSIDE – Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin (SSTA) in Summerside has welcomed two new employees to its location.

The SSTA represents Acadians and fancophones on P.E.I., with their mandate being to ensure the French culture can thrive on the Island.

The group is welcoming Natalie Pendergast, a communications and community relations officer, and Jasmine Orton, the new program co-ordinator.

Pendergast, who took over her new position on Feb. 10, said she’s been embraced by the French community.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to not only work in the vibrant community, but to get back to my roots on Prince Edward Island.”

Pendergast, had moved off-Island for post secondary education.

“I’ve been looking forward to, and now pleased to have the opportunity to channel my energy into work I can be proud of, that is consistent with my community values.”

Orton is excited to work with the SSTA too, saying she had many ideas and was eager to share them with her community.

“I am a very active person who loves encouraging others to join community activities.”

Officially taking her new position at the end of February, Orton brings much experience to the SSTA, having worked as a project co-ordinator at l’Association Canadienne Française de l’Alberta and her work at le Carnaval d’Hiver in Alberta.

Orton is from the Evangeline area, graduateding from Evangeline School in 2010.

Aubrey Cormier, general director of the SSTA, said “Orton joins us with a contagious energy and enthusiasm that will surely contribute to the success of our organisation.”

Cormier addedthat Pendergast’s education and work experiences “will be an asset to the SSTA and to our priority projects.”

Organizations: Saint-Thomas, Evangeline School

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Evangeline

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