J. Armand Bombardier Foundation

J. Armand Bombardier Foundation

April 15, 2007 12:00 ET

Commemorative Mass and Inauguration of Third Exhibition Celebrating 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Joseph-Armand Bombardier

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VALCOURT, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 15, 2007) - The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation is continuing its festivities in Valcourt today in honour of what would have been Joseph-Armand Bombardier's 100th birthday tomorrow, April 16. The celebration began at the Saint-Joseph's Church, where many local citizens and former employees of the inventor joined Bombardier family members for a commemorative Mass.

The celebrations continued at the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre for the opening of Frederick S. Coburn - J. Armand Bombardier: Art and Technology in the Val-Saint-Francois. Two hundred and fifty people were in attendance, under honorary chairs Janine Bombardier, president of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, and Robert Poupart, principal and vice-chancellor of Bishop's University.

"This new exhibit uses the theme of snow transportation to bring together two passionate men, one dedicated to art, the other to technological inventions," Janine Bombardier said at the official ceremony. "For Frederick Coburn and Joseph-Armand Bombardier, snow was a subject of observation, inspiration and creativity. They would no doubt have been very pleased to find themselves together here today, as compatriots, neighbours and nature lovers. This exhibit unites two great sons of the Val-Saint-Francois with intelligence and warmth, for the pleasure of one and all."

"Joseph-Armand Bombardier and Frederick Simpson Coburn were pioneers, said Teri Coburn, added Teri Coburn, the painter's niece, accompanied by members of her family for the occasion. They were inspired, instead of deterred, by the rural isolation of their times. They were not afraid of being different and did not let doubts or hardships impede their goals or extinguish their dreams. We are thrilled that the Bombardier's have chosen to include Fred Coburn's works in the centenary celebrations of their own Joseph-Armand", she added.

The Frederick S. Coburn - J. Armand Bombardier: Art and Technology in the Val-Saint-Francois exhibit will be on display at the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre (centreculturelbombardier.com) until September 16, 2007. It includes some forty paintings and sketches of the heavy work of cutting and hauling saw logs, and the pleasure of winter outings in the region.

This exhibit joins two others inaugurated this year at the J. Armand Bombardier Museum (museebombardier.com) for the centennial celebrations of the birth of the inventor. Since February 8, visitors have been invited to explore the life and achievements of Joseph-Armand Bombardier through a new permanent exhibit called Joseph-Armand Bombardier: A passion for invention and entrepreneurship. The exhibit presents an overview of the inventor's research and the evolution of his technology and designs through 14 completely restored vehicles.

On April 14, a temporary exhibit called The Adventure Continues... opened at the museum, paying homage to the heirs of Bombardier's founder by tracing how, since 1965, the company has risen to the ranks of world transportation leader under the direction of chairman of the board and CEO Laurent Beaudoin. This exhibit will remain on display until February 10, 2008.

The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation wishes to remind the public that the museum will be open tomorrow, April 16 (the museum is usually closed on Monday) to commemorate Joseph-Armand Bombardier's birthday... and that admission will be free on that day.

About the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation

The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation was created in 1965 to carry on the humanitarian mission of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and to contribute to the social mission of the company he founded in 1942, Bombardier Inc. The Foundation is involved in the fields of education, health, philanthropy and charity, and humanitarian causes, as well as arts and culture. It also supports two cultural institutions in Valcourt: the J. Armand Bombardier Museum (museebombardier.com) and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre (centreculturelbombardier.com).

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