I recently had the pleasure of attending the Ordre de la Pléiade investiture ceremony, during which the Ontario chapter of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) presented the Ordre to six exceptionally deserving personalities. The latter are all noteworthy for their remarkable engagement in the province’s Francophone community. I know some of them personally, and others by reputation. Here is the list of recipients:
– Mr. Alain Beaudoin (Newmarket), president of the Association des francophones de la région de York since 2011
– Ms. Diane Dubois (St. Thomas), responsible for the establishment of the Centre communautaire régional de London
– Mr. Pierre Foucher (Ottawa), a teacher and language rights pioneer in Ontario and Canada
– Ms. Lorraine Hamilton (Burlington), a manager of Francophone employment centres and a consultant to Francophone organizations
– Mr. Louis V. Patry (Orléans), a founding member and vice-president of the Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans
– Ms. Carmen Portelance (Dowling), a member of the board of directors of the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario of Greater Sudbury.
I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to these women and men, who contribute each day, through their work or their community participation, to the vitality of the French language in Ontario.