Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

April 29, 2010 08:31 ET

TFO's Claudette Paquin Wins the Award of Excellence-Promotion of Linguistic Duality

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - The Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, is proud to announce today that Claudette Paquin, Chief Executive Officer of TFO, is the second recipient of the Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality.

The Award of Excellence is given to an individual or organization in Canada that is not subject to the federal Official Languages Act but that makes a difference by promoting linguistic duality in Canada or abroad, or by contributing to the development of official language minority communities. Last year's recipient was Linda Leith, President of Montréal's Blue Metropolis Foundation.

"It is pivotal for official language communities that the media reflect their reality and tell their stories," said Graham Fraser. "TFO has made an enormous contribution in this regard. Claudette Paquin has helped TFO to not only stay on course, but also experience considerable growth."

Claudette Paquin has worked for TFO for nearly 20 years, including the last 10 as Chief Executive Officer. It was under her leadership that, in 2007, TFO became a standalone organization, fully independent from TVOntario. This led to the creation of the Ontario French-language Educational Communications Authority, also headed by Ms. Paquin. Ms. Paquin's efforts over the years are a testament to her ongoing personal and professional dedication to the Francophonie in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.

"Ms. Paquin's influence reaches far beyond the world of teaching, culture, and broadcasting," said the Commissioner. "TFO is a key factor in the vitality of the Francophone community in Ontario and, increasingly, across the country."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
    Robin Cantin
    Manager, Media Relations
    613-995-0374 or Toll-free: 1-877-996-6368
    Cellular: 613-324-0999
    robin.cantin@ocol-clo.gc.ca