2 p.m., Feb. 17)
Past, present and future honoured at les Prix Bernard
By Fred Sherwin
Fortier shows off the Prix Bernard Grandmaitre
she recieved for her work as a community advocate,
volunteer and leader. Photo by Etienne Ranger/Le
of the east end's leading francophone advocates was recently
honoured with the Prix Bernard Grandmaitre at the 15th
Annual Gala of the Association of Francophone Communities
in Ottawa (ACFO).
Fortier has a track record in defending and advocating
for francophone rights and services that dates back nearly
35 years. She was largely responsible for the implementation
of the Official Languages Act in the federal civil service;
she was a founding member of the Mouvement d'implication
francophone d'Orléans, better known as MIFO, in
1979; and she is the founding president of the Société
franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l'histoire d'Orléans
(SPHOFO) which promotes Orléans' franchone heritage.
she is a past recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal and
the Mayor's Community Builder Award, she refuses to rest
on her laurels.
am not finished yet, you'll hear from me again,"
Fortier promised during her acceptance speech at last
her many accomplishments, Fortier is immensely proud of
the work being done by SPHOFO. In particular, she is proud
of the organization's campaign to erect a series of plaques
marking places of historical significance along St-Joseph
Blvd. The group was also instrumental in protecting the
Vinette silo from demolition.
stone silo was erected by the Vinette family in 1945 and
is one the last remaning vestiges of the community's agricultural
recognition of their body of work, SPHOFO has also been
awarded the Roger Bernard Prize by the Réseau du
patrimoine franco-ontarien (RPFO).
student receive Youth of the Year Award
the same night Madame Fortier was being honoured for her
dedication to the francophone community over the past
35 years, a member of the next generation of francophone
advocates was also recognized with an award.
Orléans resident and Garneau high school student
Kassandra Tannouri was presented with the Youth of the
Year Award for her work as a member of the Fédération
de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne, and president of Regroupement
des élèves conseillers francophones de l'Ontario.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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