Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Nicole Fortier for her outstanding service to Ottawa’s francophone community in helping to found the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans.(MIFO) and serving as president of la Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO).

Nicole Fortier is tirelessly committed to her community and the French language. Originally a French teacher with the federal government, Nicole took her love for French and Orléans to help establish MIFO in 1979 to promote French culture and art in Orléans and served as the organization’s first president. As a French language advocate since then, she has served on numerous committees at the municipal, provincial and federal levels and has contributed to books and publications promoting Orléans.

Nicole continues to promote the French language. She founded la Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO) in 2011 to promote Orléans’ French culture and history and was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her contributions to her community.