Trèva Cousineau, winner of a uOttawa 2019 Alumni Association Award of Excellence

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Winner of a uOttawa 2019 Alumni Association Award of Excellence

Tréva Cousineau

Faculty of Arts Alumni Trèva Cousineau receives the Community Service Award for her outstanding volunteer contributions to the Franco-Ontarian community.

Those who know Trèva Cousineau (BSc ’59) use words like “dynamic,” “generous” and “tireless” to describe this passionate advocate for French education and culture in Ontario. The former teacher and dietitian has devoted herself to advancing and protecting la francophonie, locally, province-wide, across the country and even around the world, for more than 50 years. Her motivation is simple: “When you’ve been given a lot, you have to give back a lot.”

“I learned to become involved at uOttawa,” says Cousineau. Class president and a cheerleader, she also worked with the student newspaper and yearbook, earning the merit award for participation in student life.

A native of Timmins, Ontario, Cousineau returned to the north in 1963, taking up the cause of French education as a school board trustee and coordinator of French services for the provincial ministry of community and social services in Sudbury.

In 1989, back in Ottawa, she continued to advocate for French-language education — holding many positions, including  executive director of the Conseil d’éducation catholique pour les francophones de l’Ontario, provincial president and acting executive director of the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario and executive director of the Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires de langue française.

She also chaired a 1990 advisory group on French-language education in Ontario,  the Cousineau Commission, which led to the creation of 12 fully-funded French language public and Catholic school boards in Ontario by 1998.

Cousineau’s dedication has earned her many distinctions, including being named to the Ordre des francophones d'Amérique. Most recently she received a 2018 Ontario Senior Achievement Award. Her proudest accomplishment is having chaired the committee to build the Monument de la francophonie on the uOttawa campus in 2013.

While Cousineau continues to head the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans and Dialogue Canada, she is now considering a new challenge — undertaking her master’s degree. At uOttawa, of course.

Source : uOttawa Alumni Association

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