On Monday, March 17, Paul-François Sylvestre was named Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade. Sylvestre has taught a course in Franco-Ontarian literature at Glendon.
When presenting the writer and literary critic, head of protocol John Anderson said, “Here is an inspiring and passionate person. It’s rare that we see someone do so much to advance, defend and protect the presence of French in Ontario. As an author, he is interested in everything: his contemporaries, as well as our Franco-Ontarian ancestors. As a historian, he represents the institutional memory of French Ontario. As an activist, he opposes injustice, especially related to the rights of Francophones and homosexuals.”
The lieutenant-governor presented Sylvestre with a certificate signed by Senator Andrée Champagne, president of l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, and deputy France Gélinas awarded him with the insignia of la Pléiade, Ordre de la Francophonie et du dialogue des cultures.
With Alain Baudot, professor emeritus, being honoured at la Pléiade in 2011, Glendon can now boast having a second knight.
From Left to Right: MLA France Gélinas, Paul-François Sylvestre and Lieutenant Governor David Onley