Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 24, 2015 10:15 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Present Caring Canadian Award to 23 Volunteers at the Citadelle of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 24, 2015) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to 23 volunteers from various sectors of society, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., during a ceremony at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec.

About the Caring Canadian Award

Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information or to nominate a deserving individual, visit

The ceremony schedule and the list of recipients and their citations are attached.

Media covering the ceremony must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office before the day of the event. They will have to show their accreditation at the Citadelle gate (Côte de la Citadelle, near the St. Louis Gate), and access the Ballroom through the administration door.


Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

9:45 a.m.: Media arrive at the Citadelle
10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the Caring Canadian Award
11:15 a.m.: Interviews with recipients


Vincent Barabé Brigham, Que.
Jean-Pierre Bernier Saint-Romuald, Que.
René Bérubé Bécancour, Que.
Élizabeth Dallaire Québec, Que.
Guillaume de Montigny Québec, Que.
Louis Dion Québec, Que.
Claudette Dumont Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
Eudore Fortin Saint-Urbain, Que.
Alain Gagnon Québec, Que.
Denyse Gagnon Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Que.
Diane Héroux Saint-Narcisse, Que.
Denis Jobidon Pont-Rouge, Que.
Nancy Lachapelle Shannon, Que.
Michou Lambert Québec, Que.
Jean-Luc Lesage Québec, Que.
Richard Lévesque Québec, Que.
Gérard Marchand Québec, Que.
François Massie Repentigny, Que.
Réjean Parent Brossard, Que.
Denis Perrier Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
Robert Poulin Québec, Que.
Réal Turgeon Saint-Isidore, Que.
Dany Vincent Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Que.


Vincent Barabé
Brigham, Quebec
For several years, Vincent Barabé has been actively volunteering his time to develop networks of non-motorized recreational trails. In particular, he has spent over 15 years working to establish the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec.
Jean-Pierre Bernier
Saint-Romuald, Quebec
Jean-Pierre Bernier has been helping to ensure the scholastic success of students at the Lévis-Lauzon CEGEP by serving as a member of its foundation since 2004. As chair of its board of directors, he also spearheaded a major fundraising campaign that established scholarships, two multi-purpose rooms and an information hub. Through his significant contributions to the vitality of the CEGEP, he has helped to provide many students with a wonderful learning environment.
René Bérubé
Bécancour, Quebec
For over 45 years, René Bérubé has been volunteering for a number of causes to advance recreation, economic development and health care in rural communities. In 1980, he founded the Conseil de promotion économique de la Rive-Sud (COPERS) and, in 1985, what is today the Community Futures Development Corporation and Business Development Centre. In 2000, he helped to set up La Petite École daycare centre in Saint-Léonard d'Aston. Today, he supports health-related causes and organizations that promote physical activity or language learning.
Élizabeth Dallaire
Québec, Quebec
Since she was young, Élizabeth Dallaire has been making changes in her community to improve the lives of others. At a time when military families had fewer services than they do today, she set up a daycare at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier and played an active role on various parent committees, thereby helping to ensure stronger, better-run schools. In 1990, she volunteered for UNICEF, managing and recognizing volunteers and raising public awareness of children's rights. In 2002, she began actively volunteering once again with military families at the Valcartier Family Centre. She has been a member of its board for over 10 years and the centre's first ambassador since 2008.
Guillaume de Montigny
Québec, Quebec
Guillaume de Montigny has been volunteering with Grands Frères et Grandes Sœurs de Québec since 2009. In addition to being a Big Brother, Mr. de Montigny also chairs the organization's board of directors. As the group's provincial spokesperson, he ensures the organization has a positive impact and encourages other adults to offer their support and get involved with youth.
Louis Dion
Québec, Quebec
Louis Dion has been volunteering with the Centre d'action bénévole de Québec for 18 years. He serves as board chair and treasurer, and co-founded the Programme de reconnaissance des expériences de bénévolat, a program that, through his efforts, reaches right across the country. He also volunteers with other organizations working to improve the lives of all members of Quebec society.
Claudette Dumont
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
For several years, Claudette Dumont has been volunteering her time to develop networks of non-motorized recreational trails and to promote these trails as a tourist attraction. In particular, she has spent over 15 years working to establish the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec. She is the president of the Corporation Sentier Rivière-du-Loup/Témiscouata.
Eudore Fortin
Saint-Urbain, Quebec
For 30 years, Eudore Fortin has been volunteering his time to develop networks of non-motorized recreational trails. In particular, he has spent over 15 years working to establish the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec. He also founded and serves as president of the Traversée de Charlevoix, a system of hiking trails in the region.
Alain Gagnon
Québec, Quebec
In 2006, Alain Gagnon began volunteering with Moisson Québec, an alternative food bank in the Greater Québec Area; since then, his involvement has continued to grow. He shares his expertise and shows his dedication by providing sound governance so that the organization has all the tools it needs to manage its resources more effectively.
Denyse Gagnon
Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
Through her involvement with the Canadian Red Cross-Quebec Division over the past 15 years, Denise Gagnon has provided comfort and support to those in distress in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region. She has also distinguished herself through her exemplary governance of the organization and within the framework of numerous fundraising campaigns.
Diane Héroux
Saint-Narcisse, Quebec
As the president of Pégase sentiers équestres, Tourisme Mauricie, Diane Héroux has been volunteering her time to develop networks of recreational equestrian trails. In particular, she has spent over 15 years working to establish the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec.
Denis Jobidon
Pont-Rouge, Quebec
Denis Jobidon is the coordinator of the Club des randonneurs équestres de Portneuf, as well as the administrator of the Société des sentiers de la région de la Capitale-Nationale du Québec. For several years, he has been actively volunteering his time to develop networks of recreational equestrian trails as part of the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec.
Nancy Lachapelle
Shannon, Quebec
Nancy Lachapelle has been a dedicated volunteer within the military community since 2001. She began by volunteering with the Military Family Resource Centre Montreal Region, where she organized family activities and events and maintained a bilingual support group and a recreation club. She then continued her volunteer work with the Valcartier Family Centre, where she keeps the tourism display up-to-date, informing military families about activities in the region so that they can plan family vacations. For the past year, she has been part of the Volunteer Action Committee, which recognizes and promotes the work of volunteers.
Michou Lambert
Québec, Quebec
Michou Lambert is an inspiration when it comes to volunteerism. When she found herself the single parent of five children in 2004, she turned to the Cuisine collective Beauport for help. Grateful for the services she received, she began volunteering with the organization and taking part in its activities to improve lives in her community, something she has been doing now for over eight years. She is part of the organization's board of directors and sits on other committees while continuing to support the community kitchen's other groups. With an attentive ear and a warm embrace, Ms. Lambert is a vital part of the success of the Cuisine collective Beauport.
Jean-Luc Lesage
Québec, Quebec
A notary by profession, Jean-Luc Lesage began by volunteering with the Centre d'action bénévole de Québec in 2006, as a guidance officer to help would-be volunteers find inspiring opportunities. He provides legal advice and sits as a director of Carrefour du bénévolat's foundation. Since his retirement, he has played a leading role within other organizations, which benefit from his organizational skills and legal expertise.
Richard Lévesque
Québec, Quebec
A lawyer and industrial relations counsellor, Richard Levesque has been volunteering with the Centre d'action bénévole de Québec since 2008, where he provides training on the role and powers of the directors, duties and responsibilities, and strategic planning. He first began volunteering in 1964. He represented his university's student association, and then went on to help found the Maison de la Famille Louis-Hébert, an organization that helps individuals, couples and families to overcome difficulties. In 2010, he was a legal committee member of three organizations: Les Jardins du Haut Saint-Laurent, Côté-Jardin, and Manoir St-Amand. In 2011, he was a member of the stakeholders' committee, working to combat elder abuse in the Capitale-Nationale region.
Gérard Marchand
Québec, Quebec
For several years, Gérard Marchand has been volunteering his time to develop trail networks for non-motorized activities. In particular, he has spent 15 years working to establish the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec. He is the president of the Société des sentiers de la région de la Capitale-Nationale du Québec.
François Massie
Repentigny, Quebec
For over 25 years, François Massie has been volunteering in a number of activities to support youth and the arts. For example, he took part in a fundraising campaign for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Since 1993, he has been looking after the Ligue Navale de Repentigny and implemented a sponsorship program for less-fortunate cadets.
Réjean Parent
Brossard, Quebec
Réjean Parent is president of the Association des réseaux cyclables du Québec and an administrator of Vélo Québec. He has also been actively volunteering his time for several years to develop hiking and biking trail networks. In particular, he has spent 15 years working to establish the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec.
Denis Perrier
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Denis Perrier helps to improve the lives of his fellow citizens as ship's captain with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary during marine patrols and search and rescue operations, and as a first responder with St. John Ambulance. In addition, he volunteers with the Order of St. Catherine of Mount Sinai, which supports homeless people, and with the Order of St. Lazarus in Canada, which provides palliative care.
Robert Poulin
Québec, Quebec
Robert Poulin has been giving generously of his time to his community for over 40 years. First as an arena announcer, and later as a volunteer paramedic for 10 years, he has distinguished himself through his computer skills since 1981. He has been volunteering with the Centre d'action bénévole de Québec since 2011, where he set up a database that catalogues volunteer opportunities for use by guidance officers. His teaching approach is particularly appreciated by users; in recent years, other non-profit organizations in the region have been able to rely on his volunteerism, notably the Centre Communautaire l'Amitié, the Centre Renaissance, the Maison de la famille Droit d'accès de Charlesbourg, the YWCA and the Regroupement des organismes ESPACE du Québec.
Réal Turgeon
Saint-Isidore, Quebec
Réal Turgeon successfully generated public support that led to the construction of the Centre médical de La Nouvelle-Beauce. The centre is currently managed by a non-profit organization, of which he is president. Through his determination and volunteer activities that extend beyond his official duties, Mr. Turgeon has established an open relationship with doctors and government authorities so that key players can lend their support to a project that will improve the delivery of health care services. He has been an extraordinary facilitator who has secured the commitment and contributions of numerous other volunteers.
Dany Vincent
Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec
Dany Vincent has been a committed volunteer with the Association de baseball mineur de Saint-Basile-le-Grand for 11 years, serving as its president for 8 years. He has demonstrated initiative and leadership by organizing several championships and challenges that encourage young people to discover and enjoy playing baseball. Mr. Vincent inspires the people he meets, motivating them to get involved.

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