Mulaire fêted for Francophone influence


Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Mariette Mulaire of Winnipeg has been selected by a Canadian Francophone press association, Francopresse, as one of the country’s 10 influential personalities who have had an impact on French life in their communities and across the country.

Mulaire, CEO of World Trade Centre Winnipeg, was also the co-chairwoman of the Canada Summer Games organizing committee.

Previously, Mulaire headed an organization called ANIM, which acted as the French-language trade organization for the province.

Mulaire said she was honoured, but said there are many others who deserve such recognition.

Sophie Gaulin, editor and publisher of the Winnipeg French-language newspaper La Liberté, believes Mulaire has made a real difference.

“For instance, usually when you go to big events like the Canada Summer Games, the Francophone side is not so represented. You do not feel like it is a bilingual event,” she said.

“This time you did (with Mulaire as the co-chairwoman). We had a right to be proud.”

She said Mulaire is very well respected across the country.

“To be frank, I am surprised she has not been on the list every year,” Gaulin said. This is the third year Francopresse has put such a list together.

Dave Angus, the former president of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and a frequent collaborator with Mulaire said, “It’s a significant accomplishment to be recognized in the top 10 most influential Francophones, especially as a Manitoban.”

Gaulin said that along with the important work Mulaire does to make the French language alive in Manitoba, she does it with a lot of enthusiasm.

“She loves Manitoba,” said Gaulin. “It is contagious.”

In its commentary, Francopresse noted that Mulaire’s influence extends internationally by virtue of her work on the board of the World Trade Centre and as a board member of the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities.

The other nine recognized by Francopresse were François Choquette, NDP MP for Drummond and critic for official languages; Linda Cardinal, political science professor at the University of Ottawa; Mark Power, Ottawa constitutional law expert; Paulette Gagnon (posthumously) the former spokeswoman for the Regroupement des organismes culturelles du Sudbury; Pascaline Gréau, executive director of the Franco-Cultural Association of Yellowknife; Frédérick Dion, the executive director of the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick; Véronique Mallet, the executive director of the Société nationale de l’Acadie; Anne Leis, director of the Community Health Department of the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan; and Claude Roberto, for his contributions after 32 years at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.