Ordre de Gatineau 2007

Gatineau is pleased to award the Ordre de Gatineau medal to its meritorious residents

Marcel Beaudry

 

A lawyer by profession, Marcel Beaudry dedicated much of his life to serving the people of the Outaouais. He chaired several arbitration boards in the area, and was also counsel for Ville de Hull and the Société de transport de l'Outaouais for over 20 years in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as legal counsel for the Société d'aménagement de l'Outaouais.

For 14 years, starting in 1992, he was the Chairman of the National Capital Commission, during which time he oversaw continuous and equitable development on both sides of the Ottawa River, including Canada's Capital Core Area Plan, while promoting linguistic duality, which in fact earned him the 2005 Leon Leadership Award from the Commissioner of Official Language. Mr. Beaudry also chaired fundraising campaigns, including the ones for the University of Ottawa and Camp Gatineau, and was actively involved in helping the unemployed.

 

Michel Careau

 

Retired diplomat Michel Careau, nicknamed the “Hullois bionique”, is an ultra-marathoner, who holds every Quebec record and most national ones. Mr. Careau also served on the Comité de transition de l'Outaouais on cultural issues and as a member of the boards of directors of Accueil parrainage Outaouais and La Relance.

This famous athlete has frequently run for charitable causes in support of organizations such as the Cerebral Palsy Association and Tel-Aide Outaouais. For the past 12 years, Mr. Careau has also been working on behalf of disabled people with the Society of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in the Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe parish, and has often been asked to volunteer as a motivational speaker to young people in schools and to public sector professionals.

 

Raymond Ouimet

 

Writer, builder and speaker Raymond Ouimet is known for his community involvement and for promoting Gatineau's heritage treasures. This outstanding historian of the region and former municipal counsellor of Ville de Hull, whose history is one of his areas of expertise—he was the founding chairman of the Comité du patrimoine de la Ville de Hull— is a resident who is committed to serving his community.

His works have earned him several awards, including the Prix Patrimoine from Quebec's ministère de la Culture, des Communications. Since 2002, he has chaired the Board of Directors of the Centre régional d'archives de l'Outaouais. Mr. Ouimet also worked in the area of housing for residents in need, particularly on the construction of Habitations populaires de Hull.

 

 

Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, May 17, 2007 in salle Jean-Despréz, Maison du citoyen, in the presence of the Mayor of Gatineau, members of the Municipal Council and a number of dignitaries.

 

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