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Seeking adventure, he joined the local Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron #763 during high school where he obtained both a glider pilot's license and a private pilots license.
After graduating from l'École Polyvalente Clément Cormier in 1992, he studied a year at le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by a year at l'Université de Moncton before spending a few more years at the University of New Brunswick where he received a Bachelors degree in Computer Science.
In 2000, he moved to New Hampshire to accept a position with the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping working with data visualization. There, he got to travel the world as he participated in numerous research expeditions taking him to exotic locations such as Antarctica and the North Pole.
Roland got his first taste of family history research in about 2010 when he decided to see if he could find evidence online to support his father's claim that Roland's grand father Gérard and famous Acadian author Antonine Maillet are first cousins. Well, it turns out they are, and that experience got him hooked.
In 2006, Roland purchased his first motorcycle, a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja 250, in order to save on gas and have an easier time parking at work. The theory was that it would pay for itself in 2 years just in gas savings alone.
The following year, in May 2007, he decided to try a track day with Tony's Track Days where he could ride his motorcycle on New Hampshire Motor Speedway's (NHMS) road course in Loudon, New Hampshire. That's all it took to get addicted to track riding and needless to say, the bike never paid itself off.
Since that first taste of the track, Roland has acquire a 1995 Honda RS125 purpose built race bike which he competes with in the Loudon Road Racing Series and the Unites States Classic Racing Association. He picked #763, his former Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron number, as his race number.
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 12:38 GMT Jacqueline Girouard wrote:
Hi Roland, would you open this profile, not sure why it's closed.
On 3 Mar 2017 at 17:37 GMT G. Cormier wrote:
I would like to join the Acadia project, requesting a badge. Merci.
On 3 Feb 2017 at 07:43 GMT Kat Woodfill wrote:
On 29 Jan 2017 at 19:19 GMT Marilyn Vanderville wrote:
Cyr, Doucet, Cormier, Thibodeux, Leblanc, Bourg, Landry, Blanchard, Michel-dit-Becotte, Comeau, and Ouellet are just some of the last names I'm researching.
On 13 Jan 2017 at 14:48 GMT Karin Kreamer wrote:
I am looking to join the Acadia project. Descended from Etienne Hebert and Marie Gaudet through my mamma's side of the family. From the Acadian coast and German coasts in Louisiana, my daddy is from Lafourche and my mama is from Terrebonne parish. I have more names than i have space for. Would like to help clean up mistakes in genealogical records. I speak some Cajun French and also can read some basic French, thanks to my high school French teacher. Comes in handy. 1800's marriage licenses in Terrebonne parish written in French. Been helping out with translating them. I have been putting info on paper, research done in our area that's only in books. Would like to help get info online. Have a good day. Karin
On 12 Jan 2017 at 12:16 GMT Paul Berry wrote:
Could I join the acadia project. My mother was Dorothy Lavigne and I can trace both her father's paternal line (Lavigne) to Port Royale, and her mother's (Pitre) to Jean Pitre in Port Royale.
On 2 Dec 2016 at 20:50 GMT Charles Trahan wrote:
"Merci beaucoup, Je l'appriciate plus que les mots pourraient expliquer..."
On 1 Dec 2016 at 22:09 GMT Trish (Fougere) Stamhuis wrote:
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On 19 Oct 2016 at 19:29 GMT Jean Gionet wrote: