Awards were presented to:
- Amikley Fontaine, « Francophone » category, the founder of the Fondation Sylvenie Lindor, a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering Black youth to help them develop the leadership skills needed to better succeed into Ontario.
- Joël Beddows, « Francophile » category, a prolific artistic director, dramaturg, mentor, teacher and innovator whose visionary projects underscore his deep commitment to Ontario’s Francophonie.
- Chloé Atwood, « Young Francophone or Francophile » category, who engages in a variety of issues related to vulnerable individuals, mental health and leadership of young Franco-Ontarian women in her region.
“I wish to extend my warmest congratulations to this year’s winners and to all those who have been nominated for one of these prestigious awards,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The winners of the Francophonie Awards all have in common the leadership and commitment that helps this province develop, innovate and prosper in French”.
“The Francophonie Awards recognize individuals whose outstanding initiatives exemplify the spirit of creativity and innovation of Ontario’s francophones and francophiles,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs. “I would like to congratulate the three recipients of the 2022 awards as well as all the nominees. Every day, these candidates demonstrate through their commitment, the drive of an ever more progressive, flourishing and talented Francophonie.”
This year’s selection committee consisted of:
- William Burton, CEO of Le Réveil and winner of the 2018 Ontario Francophone Awards in the “Young Francophone or Francophile category”
- Gilles Fontaine, former Executive Director of Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l’Ontario (2018-2021) and a member of the Provincial Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs
- Maxim Jean-Louis, President and CEO of Contact North, Ontario’s distance learning and training network
- Gabrielle Lopez, Executive Director of the Coalition ontarienne de la formation des adultes.
The jury was keen to highlight the exceptional nature of the nominations and the varied individual paths of each nominee. The jury unanimously agreed that the three winners of the 2022 Ontario Francophonie Awards are exemplary models of commitment and dedication who promote the diversity of Ontario’s francophonie.
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