Our colleague Marie-Nicole Cossette passed away on Monday, February 20th, 2017.
For those who knew her, she leaves the memory of a bright and cheerful woman, intensely devoted to her tasks as a teacher. After suffering from a stroke more than ten years ago, she nevertheless continued to communicate her joie de vivre despite aphasia and partial paralysis.
Marie-Nicole Cossette was an educator at heart, a vocation she acquired very early in her hometown of Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac, where, during the 1950’s, she attended a schoolhouse in front of the family’s residence. This experience has always fostered a method of teaching based on empathy and understanding.
She began her career as a professor at the Department of Communication in 1980 and, interested in international development, visited Burkina Faso numerous times between 1994 and 1999. Her students greatly benefited from all her extensive research during her animated and substantial classes.
In recognition of her commitment to education, a prize that bears her name is awarded annually to a student who has distinguished himself/herself in the field of organizational communication, a discipline that our colleague has helped to establish and develop during her career.