Pla­cen­tia woman re­ceives award for pro­mot­ing French lan­guage

The Compass - - NEWS - BY TOM O’KEEFE SPE­CIAL TO TC ME­DIA HEALTH edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

TOM O’KEEFE/SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS

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.

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