Ordre de Gatineau 2008

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

Mireille Apollon

 

Originally from Haiti, Mireille Apollon served as Canada's Consul to Senegal and as a manager at the Canadian International Development Agency, where she was actively involved in Canada's efforts to improve living conditions for disadvantaged people. She was a member of the board of directors of A-Dialogue, President of the Association des femmes immigrantes de l'Outaouais, and a key member of Femmes, politique et démocratie, a cornerstone of the Centre de développement femmes et gouvernance (Centre for Development of Women in Governance) at Quebec's École nationale d'administration publique. Ms. Apollon has always fought for recognition for the contributions made by cultural communities and immigrant families to Gatineau, a city that has called home since her arrival in 1982.

Joël-Marc Frappier

 

A famous florist for 25 years, Joël-Marc Frappier's creative genius prompted the floral cognoscenti to elevate his designation from florist to floral designer. In 1992, he opened Maison des fleurs (Fleurs signées…) in Gatineau, the number one supplier to most of the major hotels around the region and to a number of well-known personalities. Mr. Frappier has displayed his creations in different countries, including France, at the Festival de Nice. He shares his expertise with the members of the Canadian Academy of Floral Art, which he has chaired since 2007. Since 2004, he has represented Canada at the World Flower Council Summit, the equivalent of the Olympic Floral Games, which Gatineau hosted in 2006.

Paul Roux

 

Author of comic strips and teen novels, illustrator and caricaturist, Paul Roux paved the way for comic strip creators in the Outaouais. An organizer of the comic strip art component of the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais in 1996, and co-founder and spokesperson for the Rendez-vous international de la bande dessinée de Gatineau in 1999, this activity around the ninth art was instrumental in positioning Gatineau in the international spotlight. Mr. Roux has published 30 books to date, sold more than 120,000 copies of his books and illustrated more than 100 books for Quebec, Ontario, Acadian and French authors. He became a point of reference in the field as a teacher, speaker and commentator for the print media.

 

Awarding of the medals

The medals were awarded on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 in salle Jean-Despréz, Maison du citoyen, before the Mayor of Gatineau, members of the Municipal Council and several dignitaries.

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