Public Input Wanted for Naming of Billy Boudreau Brook

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A brook in Churchville could be named in honour of a Pictou County man who lost his life while serving his country.

Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class William Alfred Boudreau, known as Billy to his family, was born in New Glasgow in February 1929 and enlisted with the Navy in Halifax in 1951. He was stationed on the HMCS Kootenay, and perished due to an explosion, that was caused by an onboard fire.

Kootenay was part of a nine-vessel Canadian Task Group that was exercising in waters south of Plymouth England when the ship was ordered to carry out a periodic full power trial.

In conjunction with the Canadian Virtual War memorial, a motion is being put forward to Nova Scotia’s Geographic Naming Services to name the river/brook after Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class William Alfred Boudreau. He was buried at sea and this would give his descendants a place to visit in his memory, which is why a river/brook in his hometown was selected.

Names evolve over time and new names or name changes can be proposed. Name applications may be submitted by anyone. Proposals are reviewed and may be approved by the Nova Scotia representative on the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Since 1897, official place names have been authorized through a national committee known today as the GBNC. The GNBC creates and promotes the use of geographical naming standards across Canada. Names are recorded in a national authoritative register known as the Canadian Geographical Names Database. Official place names are the ones that appear on government maps.

Pictou County residents are asked to take a brief survey, listed below, to determine if it is in the public’s interest to name the brook, the Billy Boudreau Brook. Click on the link below to participate. The survey will be available until the end of September.