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Glendon Professor Emeritus Alain Baudot Named Chevalier de L'Ordre de la Pléiade


<p>Alain Baudot, Professor emeritus of Humanities at Glendon, was one of six individuals to be awarded the medal of Chevalier de L&rsquo;Ordre de la Pl&eacute;iade on May 12. The ceremonial investiture took place in the residence of Ontario&rsquo;s Lieutenant-Governor, the honourable <a href="" target="_blank">David C. Onley</a>, who presented the six medals together with MPP <a href="" target="_blank">Jean-Marc Lalonde</a>, President of the Ontario section of the <a href="" target="_blank">Assembl&eacute;e parlementaire de la Francophonie</a> (APF). <br /><br />The APF created the <a href=";cat=100&amp;pg=27" target="_blank">Ordre de la Pl&eacute;iade</a> in 1976 as an international award, to recognize the exceptional merits and contributions of individuals who have promoted cooperation and friendship among members of the Francophonie in significant ways.&nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="333" /><span class="image_caption">L-r: Jean-Marc Lalonde, Alain Baudot and the Honourable David C. Onley</span></p>
<p>Alain Baudot is an outstanding example of such an individual and a pioneer of Francophone studies. He has published over a hundred learned articles and has created a set of teaching tools on this topic for universities in Ontario, Quebec, Europe and the United States. His work has been disseminated at numerous conferences, as well as through the activities of <a href="" target="_blank">GREF</a>, a research group focused on Francophone studies, founded by him and located at Glendon.<br /><br />As founder and former director of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, Alain Baudot has created numerous courses offered in French at Glendon. He has also been an active participant in the Association of Fully or Partially French-language Universities (<a href="" target="_blank">AUPELF</a>), as well as in the <a href="" target="_blank">Biennial Conference</a> on the French Language. In 1988, he was one of a six-member scientific committee under the aegis of the Francophone Literature Network of UREF (University of French-Language Networks), a world-wide network of the Francophonie in the field of science. <img class="nophotoborder" style="float: right;" src="" alt="" width="100" height="202" /><br /><br />Alain Baudot is also the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Les &Eacute;ditions du GREF</a>, which publishes important works of Francophone literature and the French language. GREF has given voice to numerous Francophone authors living in Ontario, thereby enabling Toronto and Ontario residents to read local works in French. <br /><br />Through his research, his social engagement and his work as publisher, Alain Baudot has contributed significantly to the dialogue between the two cultures and has played an essential role in the blossoming of Ontario&rsquo;s Francophonie.<br /><br />Baudot&rsquo;s many other achievements include music critic of Radio-Canada&rsquo;s national network and of Toronto&rsquo;s French-language radio station, CJBC; educational advisor and host of TFO &ndash; Ontario&rsquo;s French-language television station; and founder/director of the Glendon Symphony Orchestra. <br /><br />Baudot&rsquo;s numerous honours include Member of the Royal Society of Canada, Officer of the Crown of Belgium, Officer of the Ordre des Palmes acad&eacute;miques, and the Toronto Alliance Fran&ccedil;aise award. In addition, he holds a M&eacute;daille d&rsquo;honneur from the Soci&eacute;t&eacute;s musicales et chorales de France, an award of distinction for volunteer services to the Ministry of Citizenship and Cultural Affairs of Ontario, and the M&eacute;daille d&rsquo;honneur of the city of Bayeux. He was the President of the Salon du livre de Toronto, this city&rsquo;s annual French-language book fair, from 1998 to 2005.<br /><br />&ldquo;The ceremony on May 12 was unforgettable, a highlight of my career&rdquo;, commented Baudot. &ldquo;It was all the more moving, since six individuals were honoured from Ontario among only 40 across the whole world.&rdquo; In fact, the entire day consisted of one festive event after another, with the opening reception followed by an invitation to attend a meeting of the legislature in the President&rsquo;s &lsquo;box&rsquo;; next, the official award ceremony in the Lieutenant-Governor&rsquo;s Music Room, which was followed by another reception attended by the special guests of the recipients. Alain Baudot&rsquo;s guests were his spouse, Mrs. Carla Baudot, his daughter Laure Baudot, Glendon colleagues and professors emeriti Claude Tatilon and Christine Klein-Lataud, award-winning author Dr. Pierre L&eacute;on, and Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts. The day concluded with an elegant supper at the Hyatt Hotel&rsquo;s Bistro 990, welcoming the award recipients and their families.</p>
<p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="337" /></p>
<p class="image_caption" style="text-align: center;">This year's Ontario winners of the Ordre de la Pl&eacute;iade: Alain Baudot is the first on the left in the back row</p>
<p>During the award ceremony, Baudot was praised for his editorial work by one of his colleagues as &ldquo;standing out among ordinary mortals. Brimming with contagious enthusiasm, Alain Baudot is frequently the guiding light for many writers who arrive in Toronto, often without resources or connections. I have witnessed, more than once, his encouraging and even publishing these little-known writers, who were able to make their mark, thanks to him, in the Francophone literary community. Alain Baudot&rsquo;s dynamism and professionalism enriches the Franco-Ontarian literary scene for now and for the future.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />The Assembl&eacute;e parlementaire de la Francophonie brings together members of 77 parliaments and interparliamentary organizations across five continents. Its activities mainly focus on promoting and defending democracy, respect for the law, individual rights, and enhancing the importance of the French language and cultural diversity on the international scene. The Ordre de la Pl&eacute;iade consists of five levels: Grand Croix, Grand Officier, Commandeur, Officier and Chevalier. The name <a href="" target="_blank">Pl&eacute;iade</a> honours a group of 16th-century French Renaissance poets, whose principal members were <a href="" target="_blank">Pierre de Ronsard</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Joachim du Bellay</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Jean-Antoine de Ba&iuml;f</a>. <br /><br /><em>Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny</em></p>

Published on May 18, 2011