Université Laval confers honorary doctorate on Céline Dion



    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Université Laval today awarded an
honorary doctorate to internationally acclaimed artist and philanthropist
Céline Dion. The event, which is part of Université Laval's contribution to
Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations, was attended by Université Laval
rector Denis Brière, many dignitaries, Ms. Dion's and René Angélil's families
as well as hundreds of guests.
    "I would like to express, Ms. Dion, our deep pride in welcoming to the
extended family of Université Laval graduates an exceptional artist, a
remarkable ambassador for Quebec abroad, a model of professionalism,
determination, and humanity driven by deep family values, and a source of
inspiration for our students and all of us," said Rector Brière during the
ceremony.
    Born to a modest family, Céline Dion has risen to the very top of the
international pop music scene. She has received every major music industry
award: Grammy and American Music awards in the United States, Félix and Juno
awards in Canada, World Music awards in Europe, and many more honors
worldwide. In her 25 year career, Céline Dion has recorded 18 French-language
and 12 English-language albums that have sold over 200 million copies.
    Ms. Dion is involved in many humanitarian causes, notably her own Céline
Dion Foundation and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, of which she is
the celebrity patron, as well as the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Princess
Diana Memorial Fund. She has also been involved in a number of fundraising
campaigns for health and education, and is a lifetime sponsor of the
Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation of Montreal. In 2003, Céline Dion joined
many other celebrities in promoting the World Children's Day campaign, which
raises money in over 100 countries to help orphanages and organizations
dedicated to children's health. Ms. Dion also supported the benefit show to
assist victims of the devastating tsunami in 2004 and donated $1,000,000 to
help those affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
    Céline Dion has received the titles of Officer of the Ordre national du
Québec, Officer of the Order of Canada, and, in 2008, Chevalier de l'Ordre de
la Légion d'honneur de France, in recognition of her extraordinary career and
admirable personal qualities.




For further information:

For further information: Jean-François Huppé, Media Relations,
Université Laval, (418) 656-7785, jean-francois.huppe@dap.ulaval.ca

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