Tribute to a proud francophone advocate from Northern Ontario
It is with deep sorrow that we have just learned of the passing of Marius Ouellette, whom has lost his fight to cancer at age 79.
The francophone community has lost a great contributor and a very active member. He is one of the founding members of French radio stations in Ontario, took active roles in the Mouvement des Intervenant.e.s en Communication Radio de l’Ontario (MICRO). He was also active as an administrator with the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontaio (AFO).
He was well known in Northern Ontario, where he worked as a music teacher for many years. Many students got the opportunity to appreciate and benefit from the teachings of this great teacher. All related to his devotion for the francophone community. Fellow-citizens also saw him in action and enjoyed his talents through the many choir and band shows shows in which he took part.
Mr. Ouellette passed on his love for the Francophonie through the teaching of music and his devotion to many organizations, friend and fellow-citizens, but also to his family. Indeed, his passion was well appreciated and valued by his son Pierre Ouellette, Director of French Language services, for Radio-Canada, Ontario.
Many of the organizations for which he dedicated his time recognized his efforts and contributions: the Rotary Club, the Kapuskasing’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Compagnie des Cents-Associés francophones. He also received the title of Chevalier of the Ordre de la Pléiade in 2010.
On behalf of the team at the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, we extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.