Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gisèle Lalonde

Community activist, politician

Born in Eastview (later Vanier, now Ottawa) in 1933.

Mayor of the city of Vanier from 1985 to 1991.

Advisor on the subject of francophone education to the Ministry of Education in Ontario and also chaired a council which advised Premier of Ontario on francophone matters.

Founded, and was the first president of l'Association française des municipalités de l'Ontario in 1988.

Key leader in the SOS Montfort campaign which prevented the closing of the Montfort Hospital, the only francophone hospital in Ontario, and succeeded.

Member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and the Order of Ontario in 2006.

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