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Lise Thibault

Date of birth:
April 2, 1939

Place of birth:
St-Roch-de-l'Achigan

QuebecProvince:
Quebec

Callings:
Teacher, broadcaster and
Lieutenant-Governor


Photo : Charles H. Leclerc avec l'autorisation du site de la Surdité du Québec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lise Thibault was the eldest daughter of Paul Trudel and Laurenza Wolfe. She was educated at a number of boarding schools in the Lanaudière and Montreal regions, including the Académie Marie-Anne de Montréal, and then went on to teachers' college in Saint-Jérôme. When she was still just a teenager, a bad tobogganing accident left her with a permanent disability, but having to use a wheelchair has never slowed her down. She married René Thibault on November 21, 1959, and they began their life together in Saint-Hypolite. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Lise Thibault taught with the adult education department of the Milles-Îles and Des Écores school boards from 1973 to 1978. She worked for Télé-Métropole from 1977 to 1981 and for the CBC from 1982 to 1984, as a host and researcher for programs about family and community issues. In 1977, she was appointed to the Quebec Ministry of Education's Commission de surveillance de la langue d'enseignement. Later she took on the chairmanship of the Canada Day celebrations (1983-1984) and then became Vice President (Relations with Beneficiaries) for Quebec's Commission de la santé et sécurité au travail (1987-1993). She was President and CEO of the Office des personnes handicappées du Québec from 1993 to 1995. On January 30, 1997, she was sworn in as Quebec's 27th Lieutenant Governor -- the first woman to occupy the position.

Very involved in the community, Lise Thibault has been on the boards of a number of organizations: the Fondation Marie-Paul de Sainte-Véronique (1985-1995); the Canadian Red Cross Society (1985-1987); the Régie des rentes du Québec (1987-1995); the Office des personnes handicappées du Québec (1992-1993). She has played an active part in cultural and community activities: founding secretary of the newspaper La Chaîne (1972); editor of the Journal des femmes d'aujourd'hui (1973-1976); member of the Union des artistes (1978-1987). She has been a contributor to the magazine Le temps de vivre (1982-1984); member, secretary and chair of a number of school councils (1964-1972); vice president of the Cercle des fermières (1971-1973); moving force behind the establishment of a chair in hepatology at the Université de Montréal (1995); member of the Cercle des femmes journalistes (1984-1987).

In 1994, Lise Thibault was given the YMCA's "Femme de Mérite" award for her involvement in the community. The same year, she was named "Personality of the Year" by Châtelaine magazine. She is a woman with a fine mind and a warm heart, who has dedicated herself to the well-being of the people around her.

 

 

 

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