Three Nova Scotians received the 2023 Lieutenant-Governor's Award of Excellence for l’Acadie and Francophonie of Nova Scotia today, April 12.
The award, created in August 2020 by Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, recognizes people whose social, economic or cultural contributions have made a difference in the francophone and Acadian community and Nova Scotia as a whole.
“I am delighted that these exceptional individuals have been selected to receive the Award," said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “Their efforts have not only contributed to the francophone community, but also to the preservation, promotion and enhancement of our important Acadian history, culture and heritage.”
The award recognizes outstanding citizens in three categories: a francophone, a francophile – someone who is not francophone, but who supports or promotes the French language and culture – and a youth recipient under the age of 25.
The award recipients are:
- Glenda Doucet-Boudreau, Concession, Digby County (francophone)
- Jennifer Delorey, Larrys River, Guysborough County (francophile)
- Sophie LeBlanc, Saulnierville, Digby County (youth recipient).
The recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee with representatives from Université Sainte-Anne, la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Alliance française d'Halifax, the Office of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, a francophone recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia or Order of Canada, a young person and a former recipient of the award.
Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone community is vibrant and resilient and is a vital part of the province’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. Today, we recognize and honour three outstanding award recipients who have contributed greatly to the development of our language and culture.
Colton LeBlanc, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie
- Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc is the first Acadian to serve as Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia
- it is customary for Nova Scotia’s lieutenant-governors to establish awards that recognize excellence during their time in office
- the award was developed by the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia and the Office of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie
- this is the second award created during the tenure of Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc, following the Award for Culinary Excellence created in March 2019 with Nova Scotia Community College
More information on the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award of Excellence for l’Acadie and Francophonie of Nova Scotia and nomination forms are available at: https://acadien.novascotia.ca/en/lieutenant-governor-nova-scotia-francophonie-award
NOTE: Minister LeBlanc's quote was updated April 12, 2023.