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Ordre de Gatineau 2010
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Ordre de Gatineau 2010
Ordre de Gatineau 2010

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

Awards ceremony

Medals were conferred on Tuesday, May 4, in the agora Gilles-Rocheleau, Maison du citoyen, in the presence of the Mayor of Gatineau, members of the Municipal Council, and several dignitaries.

Richard M. Bégin
Grand Citoyen de Gatineau


Richard M. Bégin has made a name for himself in his community based on the impressive number of organizations for which he has volunteered and over which he presided. In heritage matters, Mr. Bégin drew the spotlight on Gatineau through, among other things, his role as president of the Fédération des sociétés d'histoire du Québec. He has also become a reference point when it comes to protecting and conserving the built heritage, not to mention the development of a harmonious urban plan for the city. His involvement in cultural matters as in business has had a major impact on the region and all the organizations with which he has worked, all the while fostering the Francophone presence in many unilingual English circles.

Serge Labelle
Grand Citoyen de Gatineau


Serge Labelle is internationally renowned for his involvement in the athletic community, and his outstanding contribution to the development of athletics in the Outaouais by setting up the first club in this sport in the region. By building a solid athletics team in Gatineau, he has earned his place as a trainer, and it is through his efforts that local athletes can now practice this sport in our city. His list of triumphs make him one of the trainers with the most national selections, and to this day he remains the only Olympic trainer from Gatineau. Mr. Labelle has worked in close to a dozen developing countries, and he has made Canada a key player in international sports development.

Eugène Tassé
Grand Citoyen de Gatineau


Eugène Tassé is a tireless builder, who has been part of the business world for years, mainly in societal projects. This daring businessman was the driving force behind a good many philanthropic projects in Gatineau, investing both his money and time as a volunteer in starting up several associations, and serving on different boards of directors. His social involvement has propelled him to the international stage, where he founded a loans program for the creation of micro enterprises. He recently managed to convince a number of local educational institutions to teach their students about the entrepreneurial culture.

About Gatineau

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.

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