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(Posted 2 p.m., Feb. 17)
Past, present and future honoured at les Prix Bernard Grandmaitre
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Nicole Fortier shows off the Prix Bernard Grandmaitre she recieved for her work as a community advocate, volunteer and leader. Photo by Etienne Ranger/Le Droit

One 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).

Nicole 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.

Although 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.

"I am not finished yet, you'll hear from me again," Fortier promised during her acceptance speech at last week's gala.

Among 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.

The stone silo was erected by the Vinette family in 1945 and is one the last remaning vestiges of the community's agricultural past.

In recognition of their body of work, SPHOFO has also been awarded the Roger Bernard Prize by the Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien (RPFO).

Garneau student receive Youth of the Year Award

On 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.

Fellow 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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