Ordre de Gatineau 2012

The eighth edition of the Ordre de Gatineau

Honouring excellence among Gatineau residents!

Gatineau Mayor Marc Bureau unveiled on April 17 the names of the recipients of the Ordre de Gatineau 2012, the highest distinction awarded by Gatineau, which honours the exceptional contribution made by its residents to the community.

Angèle Gingras

Originally from India, Angèle Gingras has lived in Gatineau for 43 years. As a volunteer for over 40 years, Ms. Gingras is committed to her mission of turning our world into a “sharing society” by helping those who are less fortunate to help themselves in India and Canada. Founder of SOPAR (Solidarité de partage), a non-governmental organization created in the Outaouais, Ms. Gingras has, over the last 35 years, been instrumental in raising more than $36 million for disadvantaged people, which have been used to enable 200,000 poor women to take charge of their lives, to dig wells for drinking water in more than 5,500 villages, to send 3,000 orphans to school, and to assist 2,000 widows and abandoned people. She also helped create Accueil Parrainage Outaouais and Maison Alonzo-Wright.

   

Michel Légère

Michel Légère was the first President of Gatineau's Bureau de l'ombudsman, the independent organization that was set up to address residents' concerns. For five years, he made his mark on the organization with passion and determination. Mr. Légère had served as the Mayor of Hull for more than ten years. He also helped set up and develop the Club de voile Grande-Rivière, the cooperative housing movement in the Outaouais, including the coopérative d'habitation Reboul, as well as the Association des voitures anciennes de l'Outaouais. This great nature lover and outdoor enthusiast was responsible for setting up the Route verte and for initiating the Vélo-route Trans-Québec project. This dynamic man served on several boards of directors, including the Société québécoise d'assainissement des eaux, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec, the National Arts Centre, the Union des municipalités du Québec, the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec, Vélo Québec and the Vélo Québec Association.

   

Luc Déry et Philippe Falardeau

Luc Déry and Philippe Falardeau have worked in the world of film as a producer-director tandem for several years. Their collaboration gave rise to the film entitled La moitié gauche du frigo (2000), followed by Congorama (2006), C'est pas moi, je le jure! (2008) and their latest success, Monsieur Lazhar (2011). These films were shown and recognized at the top festivals around the world. They have drawn the spotlight on our culture from the four corners of the planet. Today, their achievements attest to their exceptional contribution to Quebec's film industry. Mssrs. Déry and Falardeau identify strongly with their birthplace. They have always been very receptive to requests from students and teachers, particularly those from the schools they attended in Gatineau. By sharing their experiences with young people in our region, they get to give back to the community that helped them grow as creators.

Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be at the end of May. At that time, the recipients will receive an exclusive medal and pin with the Ordre de Gatineau logo. They will also be invited to sign the city's gold book, and their name will be immortalized on a plaque bearing the seal of the Ordre de Gatineau.

Selection criteria

The individual in question must meet three selection criteria:

  • an exceptional contribution to that individual's discipline, profession or field (for instance through groundbreaking achievements or a major success)
  • an outstanding contribution or commitment by the individual to the life of the Gatineau or local community (for example through volunteer work or philanthropy); and
  • the impact of that individual's work or achievement must extend beyond Gatineau, thereby enhancing the city's reputation beyond its borders.
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