Leaders Capture Provincial Francophone Honours

    McGuinty Government Names 2008 Francophonie Award Winners

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is honouring two individuals for their contributions to the
vitality of the province's Francophone community.
    Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
Madeleine Meilleur presented the awards to Robert-Guy Despatie and Chad
Gaffield at a gala ceremony at the Carlu in Toronto. Despatie received the
Francophone award and Gaffield received the Francophile award.
    The government created the awards in 2006 to recognize individuals who
help foster a stronger Francophone community in Ontario. The awards are issued
every two years.


    "The contributions of these outstanding people have made our Francophone
community stronger - and that enriches our entire province," said Premier
    "This year's recipients have clearly shown that conviction and dedication
can touch many lives and inspire others to make a difference in their
community," said Meilleur.


    -   Almost 550,000 Francophones live in Ontario - the largest French-
        speaking community in Canada outside Quebec.

    -   The French presence in Ontario dates back almost 400 years.


    Meet Robert-Guy Despatie and Chad Gaffield.

    Learn more about the Ontario Francophonie Awards program.

    Read about previous winners

    Learn more about Ontario's Francophone community (http://afo.franco.ca/).

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