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National recognition for Yukoner Jeanne Beaudoin
Whitehorse, June 9, 2017 - The Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) warmly congratulates Jeanne Beaudoin who was awarded the Prix Boréal 2017 yesterday June 8, in Ottawa, by the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA). This prestigious national award is presented to an individual or a group that has made a significant contribution to the development and vitality of Canada's Francophone and Acadian communities.
"We are very pleased with this important peer recognition of Jeanne Beaudoin for her exemplary commitment towards the Francophonie outside Quebec for more than 30 years. It was to reward her many years of serving Francophones that we submitted her name," said AFY President Angélique Bernard. "This award is a wonderful way to thank this invincible and passionate Francophone visionary for the remarkable and inspirational job she has done for our community," she added.
Hailing from the Abitibi, Jeanne arrived in the Yukon in 1982. A proud activist, she worked on all fronts and was instrumental in establishing several organizations, services and infrastructures for French Yukoners, including the Garderie du petit cheval blanc , École Émilie-Tremblay, the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon school board and the Centre de la francophonie.
In 1984, as the sole AFY employee, she wore many hats-director, secretary/receptionist, cultural organizer and so on-until 1985. She later held the position of Director for nine years, from 1999 to 2008. In fact, it was she who initiated the AFY model bringing community services under one roof.
More recently, when in the employ of the territorial government, she helped increase and improve French language services in the Yukon, before taking her well-deserved retirement in April of this year.
The AFY congratulates all this year's nominees, and thanks the FCFA for establishing the Prix Boréal ( French) which acknowledges the contributions of individuals and organizations to the growth and development of Canada's Francophone and Acadian communities.
Association franco-yukonnaise
Official voice and leader in the development of the Yukon French-speaking community since 1982, the AFY aims to improve the quality of life of Yukon Francophones.

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Merci au ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture du Yukon, à l’Aurore boréale et aux autres organismes et individus qui nous ont permis d’utiliser leurs photos.
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