Le Griffon

426 Main Street, Shediac, NB.E4P 2G4

Tel: (506) 532-5412; (506) 530-0200

Email: info@legriffon.ca

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The Després / Wright Family (Written by Sébastien)

I'm an Acadian, originally from the small village of Cocagne, New Brunswick (10 minutes north of Shédiac). I completed my undergraduate degree in Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University. After a year studying in Denmark and another year living in Ontario, I made my way to Newfoundland to study Folklore at Memorial University.

That's where I met Heather.

She had just moved from Vancouver, where she'd completed a Bachelor's Degree in Music. She had come to The Rock to complete a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology. So I stuck around, and did a second M.A., in Religious Studies. I was half-way through this degree when Heather finished hers, so she also did a second one (in Viola and Violin Performance and Pedagogy). When I finished my second M.A., Heather was half-way through hers, so I decided to complete my Ph.D. in Social-Cultural Anthropology.

I started teaching Geography at Memorial University, and we eventually bought a house Witless Bay, where we also opened up a music studio. Three years later, I was elected as Mayor of the Town.

When we became the proud parents of two beautiful little girls (Amélie and Évangéline), home started calling. I wanted my girls to grow up on the beach in the heart of Acadia, surrounded by family - just as I had. So we said goodbye to the island we'd loved and had called home for so long and we found a beautiful house in Shédiac, which we named after one of the characters in Alice in Wonderland: Le Griffon.

Télévision Radio-Canada: "La randonnée épique d’une petite Terre-Neuvienne de 3 ans"
CBC News: "Witless Bay creates massive puffin out of beach garbage"
Sébastien in a Marine Atlantic commercial
Accountability and Education - A Short Animation on Standardized Testing (made in part by Sébastien)
A Councillors Job: Make Your Mark - a message from MNL
The CBC Interviews Sébastien Després: Standardized Testing as an Accountability Measure
What's behind the mask? The CBC's John Gaudi interviews Sébastien Després about Why we dress up for Hallowe'en
Live From Quidi Vidi (A Tradition of Song).
Heather plays violin with "The Forgotten Bouzouki" at The Ship Pub.
VIDEOS (Click to play!)
Here are a few videos of us so that you can get to know us a little bit better! Some of these videos are family projects, some are news stories we've featured in, and some are from our professional lives (as academics, musicians, decision-makers, actors, etc.).
Heather plays the violin with The Forgotten Bouzouki at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in St. John's
CBC News: "The big boom theory: Witless Bay fastest-growing town in Newfoundland and Labrador"
Sébastien introduces the NEW LOGO for the Town of Witless Bay!
A mini-documentary on the Witless Bay Puffin Patrol made by Sébastien
Radio-Canada: "Sébastien Després: Les pélerinages"
The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra captured by photographer Greg Locke
The CBC interviews Sébastien Després on Costuming practices in Newfoundland
TFO's Carte de Visite - Sébastien Després : maire de Witless Bay
Le kilomètre zéro du sentier Transcanadien, de Saint-Jean à Cape Spear
Mayor's Resignation & Wright Music Studio Goodbye Letter