On April 19, 2011, Gatineau Mayor Marc Bureau unveiled the names of the recipients of the Ordre de Gatineau 2011, the highest honour awarded by Gatineau in recognition of exceptional contributions by residents to the community.
Gatineau will have the privilege of naming Jo-Anne Donoghue, Louise Dumas and Géraldine Hutton Grandes Citoyennes de Gatineau.“The exceptional commitment of these three women, and their contribution to our community deserve to be acknowledged and honoured in this manner. I am pleased with the jury members' choices, particularly since Gatineau has for years been waiting for women to receive the Ordre de Gatineau,” indicated Gatineau Mayor Marc Bureau at the unveiling of the recipients' names.
Author composer, scriptwriter and director of original works Jo-Anne Donoghue has been a part of the performing arts scene in Gatineau and the Outaouais for 35 years. Through L'Artishow, a not-for-profit organization that she founded and directs, she has created a production, training and guidance platform for new artists in the Outaouais. A firm believer in the possibility of building a cultural industry that could provide a home base for local artists, Ms. Donoghue is dedicated to youth, and has managed to shape a remarkable collection of new artists. She also offers her expertise as director and artistic director for a number of events.
Louise Dumas is deeply involved in the health care field, particularly in anything having to do with perinatal care and breastfeeding, areas in which she is considered an expert and known for her outstanding volunteer work across the province, Canada and internationally. Her work in advancing health care has brought Gatineau and the entire region a great deal of recognition. A professor and researcher in nursing at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), she has applied considerable effort and taken part in the development of different programs at UQO, including the one designed to train nurse practitioners specializing in primary care.
Géraldine Hutton will also be honoured. She left an indelible print on the entire region when she initiated and facilitated the efforts to repatriate to Quebec the required health care services that Gatineau and Outaouais residents were receiving in Ontario. Ms. Hutton has been a true pioneer in the mental health sector. She supported stakeholders and establishments in the development of community psychiatry models that have frequently been held up as examples in Quebec and the other provinces across the country. She has been in great demand nationally and internationally because of her extensive expertise and many achievements.
Gatineau Mayor Marc Bureau conferred the prestigious title of Grandes Citoyennes to the three recipients of the Ordre de Gatineau 2011, Jo-Anne Donoghue, Louise Dumas and Géraldine Hutton. He also named as honorary member one of the recipients of the Ordre du Québec 2010, Gatineau resident Donat Savoie.
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.