Psychologist, professor, researcher, bilingualism advocate
Born in Casselman, Ontario (near Ottawa); studied in Ottawa.
Holds a masters and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa.
Was teacher, researcher and Assistant Vice-President, French Programs and Services at Laurentian University in Sudbury.
Was appointed to the position of Principal at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto in 1994.
Became Commissioner of Official Languages in 1999, a position she held until 2006. Her role as Commissioner of Official Languages was as an ombudsman for English and French bilingualism in the federal government of Canada and as a promoter and supporter of linguistic duality both in the Canadian federal government and in Canadian society in general.
Acts as a special advisor and consultant to governmental agencies and Canadian universities.
Has consistently worked towards the recognition of the rights of the French-speaking minority, the status of women, health and education in Canada.
Served as the first President of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman, from 2001 to 2005.
Awarded honorary doctorates by McGill University, the University of Ottawa, St-Paul University, Laurentian University, Université de Moncton and Collège Boréal.
Was made Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade by the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in the Republic of France.