Mariette Carrier-Fraser, recipient of the Ontario Francophonie Award

Ottawa, October 26, 2015 – Hôpital Montfort is proud to recognize the honor accorded to Ms. Mariette Carrier-Fraser, secretary of the Hôpital Montfort Board of Trustees, who was awarded the 2015 Ontario Francophonie Award.

Mariette Carrier-Fraser with the Honorable Madeleine Meilleur. Photo credit: Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Est de l’Ontario.This prestigious award recognizes Francophones who have made an outstanding political, social, economic or cultural contribution to the province of Ontario during the last five years. 

Mariette Carrier-Fraser was honoured by the government of Ontario on Friday, October 23, 2015, in Toronto, as part of celebrations commemorating 400 years of French presence in Ontario. This prize is awarded evert two years to celebrate the contribution of Francophones and Francophiles in Ontario.

Mariette Carrier-Fraser is a leading figure in Ontario's French educational system. She has worked for over 36 years at all levels of education in Ontario, including as an Assistant Deputy Minister of French Language Education.

Mariette Carrier-Fraser was instrumental in developing legislation, which in 1998 gave Francophones control and management over French-language schools by creating twelve French-Language schools boards across Ontario. Mariette. Carrier-Fraser was also involved in the genesis of two post-secondary institutions in 1995, Collège Boréal and Collège Great Lakes, which serve francophone communities in northern and southern Ontario.

She remains strongly committed to the francophone cause and continues to serve as a member and chair on the boards of several community organizations and provincial committees, especially related to health care. From 2006 to 2010, she was Chair of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario, an organization that represents the interests of the francophone community. Among the many achievements of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario under her leadership was the establishment of Franco-Ontarian Day.

Mariette Carrier-Fraser has been awarded a number of other honours, including an honorary PhD from the University of Ottawa, an honorary degree from Collège Boréal, membership in the Ordre de la francophonie d'Amérique and the Ordre de la Pléiade. The Gala de la francophonie  of Hearst also even has an award named in her honour, the Mariette Prize, which is awarded to individuals in the Hearst region who greatly contributed to Ontario’s Francophonie. She was born in northern Ontario and currently lives in Ottawa. She has two daughters, and is a proud grandmother of two.

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