Placentia woman receives award for promoting French language
Rachelle Connors of Placentia was presented with the RogerChampagne Award earlier this month.
This award is named after a past-president of Fédération des francophones de TerreNeuve et du Labrador (FFTNL) and is presented to a Francophone or Acadian person who has shown involvement in the development of the province’s French community.
Connors came to Placentia over 30 years ago as the wife of a retired Canadian serviceman, Cyril Connors. She received the award Dec. 9 during a special reception hosted by the Town of Placentia at the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre.
She has taken an active interest in promoting the French language and culture in the former French capital.
This has included assisting with French translation for community groups and helping people communicate with French French, speakers, teaching encouraging French visitors, promoting French culture by organizing French meals or displays and establishing the L’Association Française de francophone de Plaisance to help promote the culture and language. In summer she works at Castle Hill National Historic Site as a bilingual guide.
Connors is widely known for her fight against the Town of Placentia for removing French from the Town’s logo and entrance signs. She was successful in getting “Bienvenue à Plaisance” back on the Town’s entrance signs and website.
FFTNL president Cyrilda Poirer presented Connors with the award. Besides presenting a plaque for Connors to keep, she also displayed a larger plaque, containing Connors name and other previous winners of the Roger-Champagne ward that is display at the headquarters of the organization.
Connors was nominated for the award by several local people and supported by L’Association Française de francophone de Plaisance. She is the first nonmember of FFTNL to receive the award.
Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador president Cyrilda Poirer, left, presented Placentia resident Rachelle Connors with the Roger-Champagne Award earlier this month during a ceremony in Rachelle’s home community.