MASSE HONOURS FATHER CHARBONNEAU WITH A NATIONAL TRIBUTE IN PARLIAMENT


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 31, 2010

MASSE HONOURS FATHER CHARBONNEAU WITH A NATIONAL TRIBUTE IN PARLIAMENT

Ottawa, ON- Today, Windsor West Member of Parliament Brian Masse honoured Father Paul Charbonneau reading the following statement in the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker, sadly, Windsor lost a truly inspirational man in Father Paul Charbonneau who passed away last week at the age of 87. Approximately 3000 mourners gathered for the funeral of this well respected community leader.

For many, Father Paul was a visionary of hope as the founder of the Brentwood Recovery Home.

He was the driving force behind Brentwood since its founding the detoxification and recovery home to help alcoholics and substance abusers more than 46 years ago when he was a parish priest in Windsor.

Brentwood has helped more than 20,000 people changing lives from despair to optimism for a better future.

Father Paul was dedicated to his faith and built a home of love for those in need. He has left us with a place that many still call home today.

With all of his accomplishments Father Paul was also a recipient of many awards:
• The Canadian Silver Jubilee Award,
• Doctorate of Law Degree,
• The Order of Ontario,
• Queen's Confederation Medal,
• Windsor Achiever of the Century,
• Golden Jubilee Medal and
• The Ontario Medical Association Award.

I say to Father Paul’s immediate family, and the entire Brentwood family, that Father Paul was a great inspiration to all. He will be missed by our entire community. He made life better for so many and his Brentwood legacy will inspire future generations.
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