One cornerstone event among the Centre’s annual activities is the St-Jean-Baptiste celebration.  “La Fête St-Jean-Baptiste” as it is known, has both religious and secular significance in Quebec.  It is the day dedicated to St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of French-Canadians and Franco-Americans, as well as being the National Holiday of Quebec.  The celebration of this event took many forms over the years and was coordinated by La Fédération Franco-Américaine de NH and, later, the New Hampshire Franco-American Council. Shortly after the turn of the century, the Centre agreed to take over the coordination of this important commemorative event each year.  At that event, the Franco-American of the Year is recognized.

The Franco-American Centre is proud to present the 2021 Franco-American of the Year award to Aurore Dionne Eaton for her outstanding work with the local Franco-American community.



Aurore Dionne Eaton

“The Franco-American Centre of Manchester, NH, has been recognizing a ‘Franco-American of the Year’ since 1983. The recipient is always an outstanding member of the community who has distinguished themself through contributions to French culture in NH,” said Josée Vachon, past award recipient and current chair of the selection committee. Aurore has worked with the Franco-American Centre since its foundation, and has dedicated her life to researching and promoting local history. 

Aurore grew up in the heart of Franco-American Manchester, and still lives in the city today. 

She is an excellent writer, and published “The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company – A History of Enterprise on the Merrimack River.” She also writes a newspaper column, ‘Looking Back’, that has appeared in the NH Union Leader weekly since 2011. 

She also worked with the Manchester Historical Association and the Cambridge Historical Society in Massachusetts. 

Traditionally, the award is given at the annual St-Jean-Baptiste celebration.  This year, due to the pandemic, we will give out the award at a later date to be announced.


Lauréats Passés – Past recipients

1983 Mme Georgette Jean
1984 Dr. Robert Beaudoin
1985 (Pas de célébration)
1986 M. Gérard Villemure
1987 M. Joseph Maltais
1988 Mlle Bernadette Benard
1989 M. et Mme Theodore et Marie Cusson
1990 M. Robert Jobin
1991 Mme Simone T. Binette
1992 Soeur Doris Bernier, P.M.
1993 M. Maurice Pilotte
1994 M. Richard Charpentier
1995 Dr. Sylvio Dupuis
1996 M. Raymond Côté
1997 Mme Adele Boufford Baker
1998 M. Roger W. Lawrence
1999 M. Andre Martel
2000 M. Richard Boucher
2001 Mme Gloria Pilotte
2002 Mme Rolande Villemure
2002 M. Ovide M. Lamontagne
2003 M. Edmond Girard
2004 M. Réal Gilbert
2005 M. Robert E. Raiche Sr.
2006 Msgr. Charles Desruisseaux
2007 Hon. Arman Capistran
2008 M. Walter J. Parenteau
2009 Mme Angele L. Côté
2010 M. Roger Lacerte
2011 Hon. Thomas De Blois
2012 M. Robert Perreault
2013 M. et Mme Emile et Suzanne Tetu
2014 Mme Marie Raiche
2015 Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix
2016 M. et Mme Raymond et Pauline Houle
2017 M. Maurice Demers
2018 Mme Josée Vachon
2019 Mme Doris Irène Proulx
2020 (Pas de célébration)