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Province Honours Three Franco-Ontarians

Ontario Celebrates Individuals Making a Difference in the Francophone Community

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ontario is honouring three Ontarians as part of this year's Ontario Francophonie Awards.

The awards recognize Francophones and Francophiles who have made outstanding contributions to the political, social, economic and cultural vitality of Ontario's francophone community. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs, recognized the recipients of this year's Ontario Francophonie Awards at a ceremony today in Toronto.

This year's recipients are:

  • The late Paulette Gagnon, Francophone Award.
  • Margaret Aerola, Francophile Award.
  • William Burton, Young Francophone Award.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario created the Ontario Francophonie Awards in 2006 as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the French Language Services Act.
  • Since 2006, 18 Franco-Ontarians have received a Francophonie Award.
  • In 2010, the Youth category was created to recognize an exceptional young Francophone or Francophile of 25 years of age or under.

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“The Ontario Francophonie Awards pay tribute to outstanding individuals whose actions have made an impact not only on the Francophone community, but on our province as a whole. I want to congratulate this year’s recipients and nominees, and thank them for their commitment and active role in promoting the vitality of the French language and culture in Ontario.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“Each of this year’s recipients has contributed to the development and promotion of Ontario’s francophone community in their own unique ways. Their dedication and commitment are an inspiration and make our francophone community stronger. Congratulations to the laureates and all of the 2018 nominees.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Francophone Affairs

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