G’Day Coolum, Au Revoir France!
  • Wednesday 09 October 2013

A local French patisserie owner will join more than 200 local residents officially becoming Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian Citizens at a citizenship ceremony to be held at Coolum State Primary School on Monday 14 October at 5pm.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson will preside over the region’s largest citizenship ceremony of the year where recipients will share stories that will inspire and reaffirm our belief that we live in one of the best places in the world.

Amongst the region’s newest citizens is local French resident and Coolum Beach patisserie owner, Pascal Samson. Pascal, his wife Yveline and son Jules immigrated to Australia five years ago and fell in love with Australia and in particular the seaside town of Coolum Beach.

Pascal and Yveline ran a successful patisserie in France, 60km from Paris in a town called Beauvais. After 13 years of hard work and dedication it was time for a change, they sold everything and travelled to Vietnam where they volunteered in an orphanage for two years training young orphans in the art of baking, enabling them to better their lives and obtain work as apprentices in 5 star hotels.

After two years they headed to Cambodia, where Pascal taught French baking techniques to an established well-known bakery in Siem Reap –  it is here their son Jules was born.

Pascal Samson said when his family first arrived in Australia they lived in Brisbane but every weekend they would visit either the Gold or Sunshine Coasts.

“We loved the quietness and protected environment of the Sunshine Coast and thought it a perfect place to raise our son,” he said.

“The people here (in Australia) are much more friendly and open and we enjoy the relationship we have with our customers at our patisserie.

“When our son Jules was born we felt we should stop moving around so much and provide him with some stability and opportunities. We were looking for a country with a similar vibe of friendliness but more modern and developed. So after four beautiful years in Cambodia we made our way to Australia and have found the perfect place.

“Our patisserie Ma Boulange had its second year anniversary last week. We are excited to be going into our third year of business and hope it’s a good year. We love this place. There is no better spot to raise our son and enjoy life. We have met the best people and made the best of friends. Life is good.”

Australian citizenship ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast are held bi-monthly in locations across the region. Visit council’s website for further information on Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.