2012 Ontario Francophonie Awards

Danielle Blais, a native of Hearst, is a professional comedian who is actively involved in her community. Most notably, Danielle Blais was involved with the production of Ti-Jean et le nénuphar de la destinée, a play based on Franco-Ontarian folktales. Danielle always  works in French. She loves to communicate her passion for the world of theatre and folklore. She works tirelessly to promote this rich heritage of oral French literature and Franco-Ontarian culture.

Danielle Blais received several scholarships and awards during the course of her studies, including the Hélène Gravel scholarship, the Laurentian University Leadership Award, the Germain Lemieux Award, in honour of the renowned French Ontarian folklorist, and the Conrad Lavigne Bursary. Danielle is also president of the Cercle de patrimoine oral franco-ontarien (CPOFO).

Young Francophone from Hearst, she is very active in the Franco-Ontarian community as she helped disadvantaged people, raised funds for the local French community radio stations and created an environmental club. At the Provincial level, she sits on several boards, notable those of Théâtre Action, La Nuit sur l'étang and l'ACFO du Grand Sudbury.

Danielle Blais holds a B.A. degree in Arts d'expression (Expressive Arts) from Laurentian University, in Sudbury.

Danielle represents the new generation that is redefining French language and culture in Ontario with a personal touch and a renewed commitment.

Article published by the Office of Francophone Affairs

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