The Coaticook SADC, or Société d’aide au développement de la collectivité, has always been about local citizens and their wish to foster decision-making autonomy and initiative in the region’s socio-economic development. Thanks to the outstanding commitment of its staff and the volunteers on its various boards of directors, the SADC has continued to uphold its mission to this day.
The Coaticook SADC and its predecessors, the CADC and CAE, have been rooted in our community for 30 years and have played an extraordinary role in our region’s vibrancy and development.
Employment and Immigration Canada introduces the Community Futures Program to help create CADCs or Comités d’aide au développement des collectivités (Community Futures Committees). The committees are put together with the aim of guiding and supporting local development initiatives within regions facing difficult economic situations.
Creation of the Coaticook region CADC.
The volunteers at our CADC begin working on the creation of a CAE or Centre d’aide aux entreprises (Business Development Centre) in order to promote job development and business services with the help of a federal investment fund.
Founding of the Coaticook region CAE in June 1989. The original CAE Board of Directors counts seven members and is presided by Robert Fortier (1989–94). The CAE sets up shop at 120 Child St., Coaticook and is headed by General Manager Michel Dassylva.
Merger of the CADC and CAE into the SADC (Société d'aide au développement des collectivités). The merger is officially adopted in October 1994, creating the Coaticook SADC: a non-profit organization incorporated under part II of the Canada Corporations Act.
The SADC and CAE Network in Quebec is established on May 6, 1995 and includes 57 SADCs and 10 CAEs.
The Coaticook SADC moves to 14 Adams St., Coaticook.
Relocation to 38 Child St., Suite 140.
Adoption of the new slogan Your dreams, our passion… A SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIP! in order to encapsulate our promise to the community.
Signing of a new three-year agreement with Canada Economic Development (CED).
Launch of a new Small Business Support (SBS) program enabling the SADC to improve access to specialized expertise in 4 action areas of regional economic development (innovation, sustainable development, new workers and business succession, and IT integration).
To date, the Coaticook SADC has helped create or maintain 4,790 jobs.
It has granted 333 loans to regional businesses for total investments of $12,238,300.
Since 1995, it has taken part in 339 projects and invested over $712,290 in various community development initiatives.
Since the organization’s creation:
· Michel Raymond (1887–1992)
· CADC: Rosaire Provencher (1992–1993)
· Serge Arsenault (1993–1994)
· Robert Fortier (1989–1994)
· Serge Arsenault (1994–99 and 2001–06)
· Raymond Duteau (1999–2000)
· Gilles Vaillancourt (2000–2001)
· Gaétan Labelle (2006–2011)
· Serge Gosselin (since November 2011)
OUR GENERAL MANAGERS
· Michel Dassylva (1989–2008) for the CAE and SADC
· Gaston Bachand (a)
· Joanne Beaudin (2009 … )