Here is the list of the 2015 Lambertois Merit Awards winners.
Lambertois Award for Culture
This Lambertois Award pays tribute to acclaimed author Arlette Cousture for her invaluable contribution to the literary world.
Born and raised in Saint-Lambert, Arlette Cousture tried her hand at a number of different professions before dedicating herself to writing, only to become one of the best-loved and most well known authors in Quebec. Over the course of her career, she received many awards and honours for her work, and has also been the president and guest of honour at several book fairs.
This year, 2015, is a significant one for her. She celebrates 35 years as a writer, 30 years since she wrote her most popular book, Les filles de Caleb, and 25 years since it was adapted for television. The paperback version of the trilogy has just been published by Libre Expression.
Ms. Cousture was also honoured during the Journées de la culture organized by the City of Saint-Lambert in September, when Lambertans had the chance to come and tell her in person how much they enjoy her work.
Lambertois Award for Sports
This Lambertois Award is being presented to Simon Bourque to applaud his selection by the Montreal Canadiens during the National Hockey League’s draft pick on June 27.
A former Saint-Lambert Red Wings player, he is the first Lambertan to join the ranks of this storied hockey franchise. In recent years, Mr. Bourque received a number of scholarships, including one offered by the Montreal Canadiens as part of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (QFAE). Last season, he was named player of the month by the Rimouski Océanic’s junior ice hockey team three times in addition to being chosen as the team’s best student player at the end of the season. He was selected as the 2014-2015 Alliance Sport-Études’ athlete of the year and received the bursary for excellence at Rimouski Cegep’s Achievement Awards Gala. He was also honoured as the player with the best academic performance and the best defenseman by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Simon Bourque has demonstrated that with drive and determination, it is possible to excel and make one’s dreams come true.
Lambertois in the “Heart and Deed” category
Betty Grant is being presented with a Lambertois Award in recognition of the important services she provides for the well-being of our community.
For over twenty years, Betty Grant has helped make life better for thousands of Saint-Lambert and LeMoyne residents both at Christmastime and throughout the year through her active involvement in the Ecumenical Community Services’ Christmas Basket and Food Bank programs.
As coordinator of these programs, Ms. Grant sees to it that no call for assistance goes unanswered. She can be found most days organizing volunteers, coordinating the donation of non-perishable items and the purchase of perishable goods, and overseeing food deliveries, which often means doing them herself.
As local needs for support have continued to rise in recent years—with nearly 300 Christmas baskets produced last year and monthly requests for assistance more than quadrupled— Betty Grant’s response has been to double up her efforts to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that no one in our community is forced to go hungry. Ms. Grant epitomizes the values of determination, hard work and caring.
Lambertois Award in the “Culture” category
This Lambertois Award is being presented to Olivia Hancinsky-Charette, who, at 18, already has an impressive list of achievements under her belt.
The talented young vocalist, who is also an accomplished piano, saxophone and clarinet player, has performed three times at the Montreal Jazz Festival—once with the legendary Oliver Jones—and twice at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival. In addition singing at many benefit concerts, she has performed in the OSM’s new concert hall, the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, and even at a private party at the Frank Sinatra Palm Springs estate.
In 2014, Ms. Charette was one of only 500 students selected from among 10,000 applicants across North America to perform at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, in the Elite High School Honors Performance Series. Perhaps more impressive still, none of her long hours of daily vocal training and practice came at the expense of her academic studies: that very same year, she was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal for the excellence of her academic achievements.
Now in her second year at Marianopolis College, next year, Olivia Hancinsky-Charette will study Voice at McGill University.