Founder and Director General of the Centre de réadaptation La Ressource, the only centre serving people with physical disabilities in Gatineau and its surroundings, Mr. Blais has maintained his commitment to this cause for the past 25 years. Thanks to the commitment shown by Mr. Blais, La Ressource has annually provided rehabilitation to 3,500 people, has hosted major congresses on rehabilitation, and has served as a provincial standard as a member of the Association des établissements de réadaptation en déficience physique du Québec
Known on the provincial and even international stage as the strongest man in the world, and having several times been crowned world champion, in 2004 earning his sixth consecutive title as the strong man in Canada, Mr. Girard is an unparalleled spokesperson for Gatineau. As a member of the Gatineau police force, he is heavily involved with young people, speaking in schools to make students aware of the dangers associated with drugs, and about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
A major builder in Gatineau, Mr. Grégoire has given 50 years of his life to community and economic development projects. An electrician-entrepreneur, his commitment was noteworthy as President - Director General of the Société d'aménagement de l'Outaouais from 1970 to 1980 and as Director General of the Société de transport de l'Outaouais from 1980 to 1995. In 2000, he was mandated by Quebec's ministère québécois des Affaires municipales to oversee the province's municipal reorganization portfolio, and later became a member of the committee in charge of Gatineau municipal merger.
In October 2006, the Association des transports urbains du Québec created the Prix ATUQ Antoine-Grégoire in recognition of the many years Mr. Grégoire dedicated to running the Société de transport de l'Outaouais. He received this award at the Colloque annuel de l'ATUQ, which took place in Quebec City from October 25 to 27, 2006. Mr. Grégoire was the guest of honour, as the first president of ATUQ in 1983 and a fervent defender of public transit over the years.The medals were given out on Thursday, May 25, at salle Jean-Despréz, Maison du citoyen. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Mayor of Gatineau, who awarded the medals showing the seal of the Ordre de Gatineau and a gold pin to the recipients of this great honour.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.