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Denis St. Jules posthumously awarded Prix du Nouvel-Ontario

Former Radio-Canada host remembered for his contributions to Francophone community
Denis St. Jules was posthumously awarded the Prix du Nouvel-Ontario for more than 50 years of commitment and dedication to the Franco-Ontarian community.

More than 200 people gathered at Place des Arts on May 4 to honour former Radio-Canada host Denis St. Jules for his contributions to the Francophone community. 

La Nuit sur l’étang awarded him the Prix du Nouvel-Ontario for more than 50 years of commitment and dedication to the Franco-Ontarian community.

The Prix du Nouvel-Ontario was created in 1983 to honour a lifetime of achievement in arts, culture, academia and media. It is traditionally presented during La Nuit sur l’étang’s major annual concert in March. 

St. Jules passed away in February, so the award was presented posthumously.

He had lived in Ottawa for the past 15 years to be close to their kids and grandkids, but he maintained his intimate connection to Sudbury, trekking to his beloved Northern Ontario (in French: le Nouvel-Ontario) several times a year to support various organizations.

As such, part of his last wishes was to have a gathering in Greater Sudbury. The Prix du Nouvel Ontario was presented to his wife, Carmen Vincent, and children, Manon and Marc André. Grandkids, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews were in attendance.

St. Jules was the Radio-Canada morning man for nearly 30 years, bringing him into the homes and workplaces of Francophones for decades. 

But his contribution was not limited to his iconic status at Radio-Canada. He was a co-founder of a publishing house, Prise de Parole, co-authoring its first book, “Lignes Signes”, in 1973. 

He played a key role in the launching of the Theatre du Nouvel Ontario and la Nuit sur l’étang. St. Jules spent a generation as a member of the board of directors and member of the editorial board of Prise de Parole

The publishing company has had only two executive directors in its history, Gaston Tremblay (1978 -1988) and Denise Truax, from 1988 to today. Both speak eloquently of St. Jules, saying that he was a calming influence and quiet leader who ensured that deadlines were respected, and books were published.

The Saturday celebration encompassed poetry (by Denis), songs, remembrances, testimonials, laughs and tears.

“He will be sadly missed yet will remain as a beacon of excellence and a gold standard of a life well lived in contributing to his community,” said a press release.


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