Michèle Ouimet honoured with CJF Lifetime Achievement Award
Michèle Ouimet’s acceptance speech will be available soon.
TORONTO—March 10, 2022 – The Canadian Journalism Foundation’s (CJF) Lifetime Achievement Award this year goes to Michèle Ouimet in recognition of her fearless career and desire to tell impactful stories that provided a voice to the voiceless in Canada and abroad.
“Michèle Ouimet has reported on war and injustice, often at personal risk, seeking to shed light on the plight of the victims of conflict and hardship, with the belief that journalism is at its best when it speaks truth to power,” says selection jury chair Michel Cormier, former executive director, news and current affairs, Radio-Canada. “With this award, we recognize her courage and her integrity.”
Ouimet will be honoured at the CJF Awards ceremony on June 7 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. For tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities, see contact information below or visit the CJF Awards page.
Until her retirement in 2020, Ouimet spent 29 years at La Presse covering wars, humanitarian crisis and natural disasters, including genocide in Rwanda, tsunami in Japan, earthquake in Haiti, revolution in Egypt, and civil war in Syria, Pakistan and Iran. In Canada, she produced immersive, thought-provoking reports, including an in-depth look into the impoverished community members of Centre-Sud neighbourhood in Montreal.
“To have an idea of the quality and importance of Michèle’s work, take a listen in the school yards: here, she is the journalist most frequently cited as a model by students,” says François Cardinal, assistant editor, and vice-president of information at La Presse. “So, in addition to being an inspiration to all of her colleagues, she is likewise galvanizing a throng of budding journalists with her enthusiasm and courage as they embark on this stimulating profession that she herself has practiced with an unparalleled dedication.”
Ouimet has won many awards, including the Judith-Jasmin award for her career as a journalist and the Michener award for her investigation into the Taliban in Afghanistan. She was also anointed chevalière of the Ordre national du Québec in 2020.
Since retiring, Ouimet has continued her fiction writing, publishing L’Homme aux chats last year. Earlier novels include La Promesse (2014) and L’Heure mauve (2017). And in 2019, she produced a behind-the-scenes account of her foreign reports, Partir pour raconter. Additionally, she provides regular commentary on international issues for Radio-Canada.
Ouimet joins a distinguished group of CJF Lifetime Achievement Award winners including: Kim Bolan, John Honderich, Thaioronióhte Dan David, Peter Mansbridge, Jean Pelletier, Lloyd Robertson, Michel Auger, Peter Bregg, Jack Sigvaldason, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Sally Armstrong, Knowlton Nash, June Callwood and Trina McQueen, among others.
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