François Bazinet, chair of the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO), will be inducted into the Order of the Pleiades for the year 2019.
He will be receiving the Order of the Pleiades of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie. He’s one of six recipients of the order within the Ontario Chapter of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF), the medal recognizing dedication and outstanding contribution to the vitality of Ontario’s Francophonie.
“Contributing to the promotion of the French language across Ontario and (CSDCEO) schools is for me a cause that is enormously rewarding,” said Mr. Bazinet in a news release issued by the CSDCEO. “You could also say that it is a life mission.”
Bazinet has worked in Francophone education for over 40 years. He is a retired teacher who, after a long career at L’École secondaire catholique La Citadelle, became chair of the CSDCEO two years ago. He serves as the trustee for North Stormont, North Dundas and Russell.
His many contributions to Francophone activities and programs in Ontario made him a natural choice for the award, the CSDCEO said in the release.
“When we are passionate about something, it’s easy to give time to a cause we hold dear,” said Bazinet. “It’s an honour to be selected as a recipient of the Order of the Pleiades, (and) I thank them for this recognition.”
Bazinet will receive the award during a ceremony later this year at Queen’s Park in Toronto.