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Marguerite Blais

Marguerite Blais

  • Member for Prévost
  • Coalition avenir Québec
  • Minister Responsible for Seniors and Informal Caregivers
 

Biography

Born in Montréal on September 12, 1950
Widow of Jean-Guy Faucher, mother of Cécilia, Carlos and Francesco and grandmother of 11

Education

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Université du Québec à Montréal (2008)
  • Doctorate in communication studies, Université du Québec à Montréal–Université de Montréal–Concordia University (2005)
  • Master's degree in communication studies, Université du Québec à Montréal (1997)
  • Graduate studies in piano and organ, Conservatoire de musique du Québec, Montréal (1971)

Professional Experience

  • Chair of the Conseil de la famille et de l'enfance (2003-2007)
  • Director general of the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse (1996-2003)
  • Radio and television host and broadcaster (1971-2002)
  • Kindergarten music teacher, École de musique de Verdun (1968-1971)

Community and Political Involvement

  • Co-author, with Rosette Pipar, of De la proche aidance à la bienveillance, Québec, Marcel Broquet (2018)
  • Author of Les lieux de mon coeur, Québec, Marcel Broquet (2016)
  • Recipient of the Allié.e.s award, Fondation Émergence (2016)
  • Recipient of the Humanitas trophy, Communautés solidaires (2010)
  • Co-author, with Jacques Rhéaume, of Apprendre à vivre aux frontières des cultures sourdes et entendantes : histoires d'enfants entendants issus de parents sourds, Laval University Press (2009)
  • Member of the advisory committee on the prevention of poverty and social exclusion, Gouvernement du Québec (2006-2007)
  • Author of La culture sourde : Quêtes identitaires au cœur de la communication, Laval University Press, Sociologie au coin de la rue collection (2006)
  • Member of the committee on families, Montréal Regional Conference of Elected Officers (2005-2007)
  • Recipient of the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership award for exceptional community involvement (2005)
  • Recipient of the Femmes d'affaires du Québec award in the "Manager or professional: public or parapublic sector" category (2005)
  • Member of the board of governors of Resto Plateau, a social economy organization, Montréal (2005)
  • Member of an observation mission to France, Institut national de santé publique and Caisse nationale des allocations familiales (2005)
  • Membre du conseil d'administration, Centraide du Grand Montréal (1989-1990 et 2004-2007)
  • Member of the Équipe de travail pour mobiliser les efforts en prévention chez les jeunes, Government of Québec (2004-2005)
  • Recipient of the UQAM award for an exceptional contribution to the development and influence of the Faculté des lettres, langues et communications (2004)
  • Jury member for the Griffon d'Or awards of excellence, Ville de Terrebonne (2003 and 2004)
  • Spokesperson during the 10th and 20th anniversary celebrations, Institut Raymond-Dewar (1994 and 2004)
  • Recipient of the Fondation de la surdité and Institut Raymond-Dewar award for the book Quand les Sourds nous font signe : histoires de sourds (2003)
  • Author of Quand les Sourds nous font signe : histoires de sourds, éditions Dauphin Blanc (2003)
  • Member of the board of directors, Fondation des Sourds du Québec (2003)
  • Member of the Centre québécois de la déficience auditive (2003)
  • Member of the provisional board of directors of the Women and Local Governance network, Bangui, Central African Republic (2002)
  • Jury president for the Québec Awards for Citizenship (2002)
  • Member of the board of directors, Maison des femmes Sourdes de Montréal (2001-2003)
  • Recipient of the special Metropolitan Montréal Deaf Community Center award for constant support of the emancipation of the deaf (1997)
  • Spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society (1994)
  • Spokesperson for World Vision for Africa (1989–1990 and 1993–1994)
  • Jury member for the Vues d'Afrique festival in Montréal (1989-1990)
  • Member of the board of directors, Union des artistes (1988-1990)
  • Member of the Comité sur les abus exercés à l'endroit des personnes âgées, Government of Québec (1987-1989)
  • Spokesperson for the Little Brothers of the Poor (1986-1988)
  • Chair (1986) then vice-chair (1987) of the residential sector division, Centraide of Greater Montreal campaign