An evening high in emotions last night. We highlighted a number of personalities that have contributed from afar or up-close to our francophonie. An evening filled with good laughs, happy tears, and some sadness. We have lost a great man, Paul Demers. Founding member of the l’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM), he has played a determining role for the recognition and promotion of many francophone artists from Ontario, and also with the creation of the Gala Trille Or.
With his lyrics and music, he has touch many francophones and francophiles in Canada, Louisiana and France with his famous song Notre Place – the anthem of the francophones in Ontario. You may not know, but this song is much more than simply an musical symbol. This song actually was an order for a celebration for the anniversary of the French Language Service Act. I invite you to go watch the excellent interview with Gisèle Quenneville during for the show Carte de visite. We are about to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FLSA, and I can say thank you Paul in helping us find our place today, for tomorrow.
Our sincerest condolences to his wife Sylvie and his relatives, from all of us at the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner.