Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Denise Beauchamp

Teacher, volunteer

Obtained the Prix Grandmaître 2006, for her career in teaching and 35 years of service to Ottawa's francophone youth.

Past president of Club Optimiste Jeunesse of the school Vision-Jeunesse.

Past president of the Conseil de pastorale of the Notre-Dame de Lourdes parish.

Past regional president of the Fédération des aînés et retraités francophones de l’Ontario (FAFO).

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nathalie Des Rosiers

Dean, Civil Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa's Secretary of the University.

Incoming General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), set to begin her duties in July 2009.

Past president of the Law Commission of Canada (2000-2004).

Faculty member at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, from 1987 to 2000.

Past President of the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO) and of the Canadian Law Teachers Association.

Past member of the Environmental Appeal Board (1988 to 2000) and a member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission (1993 to 1996).

Received the medal of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1999, the Order of Merit from the AJEFO in 2000, an honorary Degree from the Law Scoiety of Upper Canada (2004) and was “Personnalité de l’année (Education)” Le Droit –Radio-Canada in 2005.

Obtained an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal in 1981 and an LL.M. from Harvard University in 1984.

Diane Doré

Leader in education, politics and community development

Received the award, "Femmes chefs de file en développement communautaire" for her exceptional leadership work to improve the lives of women and young girls in Ottawa-Vanier.

50 years of community leadership as municipal councillor (City of Vanier), entrepreneur, school board trustee, volunteer.

Chair of the School Board, "Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est (CÉCLFCE)".

Past chair of the board of directors of Muséoparc de Vanier.

Chair of the Centre Pauline-Charron and of Action Vanier, a not for profit organization.

Donna Brown


Born in Ottawa in 1955.

Studied piano, voice and composition in Ottawa and at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Paris.

Made her debut in Paris as Micáela in Peter Brook's Tragedie De Carmen, a role she next sings for Opera Lyra in Ottawa.

Renowned for the floating, angelic quality of her voice, quickly became one of the leading sopranos in Europe, performing on many of the world's great opera and concert stages.

In the 2000-2001 season, appeared in an early music concert with Hervé Niquet at the Festival de Musique sacrée in Ottawa; collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra for a Haydn concert in the summer of 2001.

Has made over two dozen recordings.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gilberte Paquette (Soeur)

Pionneer in health care

Born in 1923 in La Reine (Québec).

Joined the Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa in 1942.

Studied at the University of Ottawa where she obtained a BA in 1956. Also studied hospital management.

Was a teacher for 15 years.

Involved in health care in the Ottawa region from the 1950's to the 1980's.

Past CEO of the Ottawa General Hospital. Under her management, the Ottawa General Hospital became the Élisabeth Bruyère Health Centre - a center for chronic care.

Pionneered the first regional unit of palliative care in the province of Ontario.

Involved in numerous professional and community associations and recipient of many awards including the Order of Canada in 1985.

Published a book in 1993 which is part autobiography and local history - Dans le sillage d’Élisabeth Bruyère, for which she won the City of Ottawa Book prize.

In 1995, the University of Ottawa awarded her an honorary doctorate.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Adrienne Coddett

Basketball coach, teacher, youth advocate

Born in 1967.

Created the Foundation Three Dreads and a Bald Head to help people of black African descent to identify and maximize their potential, mentally, physically, spiritually and economically.

Launched the Ottawa Phoenix basketball program in 1998 with Andy Waterman; this program gives inner-city black students a chance to showcase their talents.

Worked to raise youth awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS.

Attended Howard University in Washington before attending the University of Ottawa for teacher training.

Taught at Woodroffe High in Ottawa.

Catherine O’Grady

Producer of the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Received the Investing in People Award in 2007 for her unwavering dedication to making Ottawa a vibrant, creative city for residents and visitors alike.

Executive Producer of the Ottawa Jazz Festival and Artistic Producer of the Ottawa International Children’s Festival.

Contributed significantly to the Ottawa arts scene through her commitment to quality programming of both music and children’s theatre.

Has played an instrumental in making arts issues a priority in municipal planning for the city of Ottawa’s future.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Barbara O'Connor

Leader in palliative care

“We strive to provide compassionate care wherever and whenever it’s needed”. Barbara O’Connor

Executive director of the Hospice at May Court.

N.B. The Hospice at May Court’s training program is so effective that it is now a prerequisite for volunteers at many of the region’s other hospice and palliative care programs.

Was a nurse at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa in the early 1980s.

One of the city of Ottawa’s first professionals to provide palliative care services.

Helped establish the region’s first hospice program at a church in Sandy Hill in 1987 (The Hospice of All Saints).

Given the Investing in People Award in support of her dedication to providing respite care for people and their families as they deal with terminal illness.