Awards Ceremony – March 9, 2009
The winner for 2009 is Mr. François Lentz, a former curriculum consultant with the Bureau de l’éducation française (BEF), a division of Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth. Mr. Lentz retired in September 2008 after a productive 20-year career devoted to French-language education in the province.
The leadership shown by Mr. Lentz within the BEF enabled his colleagues to work collaboratively, provide exceptional services, and ensure the provision of a high-quality and innovative education in French. Mr. Lentz’s influence extended far beyond the province’s borders with his many significant contributions to French-language education at the national level. Examples include his pivotal role in founding L’Alliance canadienne des responsables, des enseignants et enseignantes en français langue maternelle (ACREF), the Canadian alliance of directors and teachers of French as a first language, and organizing its first conference in Manitoba; his substantial contribution to the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol (1994–2008); and his involvement in creating the pedagogical tool entitled Présence de Gabrielle Roy : Un outil pédagogique (2006), marking the centennial of La Maison Gabrielle-Roy inc.
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