Bishop’s University Honorands for 2012
Céline Galipeau Born in Quebec, raised in Africa and in the Middle East, Céline Galipeau is one of Canada’s leading journalists. Daughter of a journalist and diplomat, Ms Galipeau’s interest in international affairs began with her father insisting that she and her sister listen to the daily BBC radio newscast at an early age. Before graduating in Political Science and Sociology from Mcgill University in 1983, Ms Galipeau studied English literature at the Al-ahliyya Amman University in Jordan and Political Science at Birzeit University on the West Bank. Her career as a journalist began as a television reporter at Radio-canada’s regional station in Toronto in 1984. Her first foreign assignment came during the Gulf War, in 1991. She has worked in cities around the globe, with postings to London, Moscow, Paris and Beijing. Ms Galipeau has covered several war zones, including Chechnya, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Ms Galipeau returned to Canada in 2003 to anchor weekend newscasts for the Société RadioCanada. Following Bernard Derome’s retirement in 2009, she became the first woman to anchor Le Téléjournal, Radio-canada’s flagship nightly news program. Ms Galipeau’s exceptional career as a journalist and foreign correspondent has earned her many awards and distinctions, including an Amnesty International Award (1995) for bringing to light violations of women’s rights, the first Claire L’heureux-dubé Award (2004) for her work on gender equality and the Raymond-charette Award (2006) for the quality of her language in her television broadcasts. Céline Galipeau was named Officer of the Order of Quebec in June of 2009.
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a powerful voice for First Nations in Canada. For over twenty years he has worked as a leader, negotiator, facilitator, mediator, and strategic planner on behalf of Aboriginal people and their communities. He is currently the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, where he works to empower and enable the success of every First Nation. Prior to being elected National Chief in 2009, Chief Atleo served two terms as the A.F.N.’S Regional Chief for British Columbia. He has also been a hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation, part of the Nuuchahnulth Nation, since 1999. Chief Atleo has served as Executive Director of a family addiction treatment facility and President of an Aboriginal post-secondary training institute, Umeek Human Resource Development.