Official news site and archives of the 27th Governor General of Canada,
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and her husband, Monsieur Jean-Daniel Lafond
A Woman of Purpose
ONFB, 2015, 52 min
In 2005, Michaëlle Jean became the Governor General of Canada. A dedicated journalist and citizen of the world, she devoted her mandate to youth, women, Indigenous people, and culture, promoting social change and international diplomacy. In 2010, the tragic earthquake in Haiti took her back to her native land. Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose is an insider’s look and a thoughtful portrait of the woman and the stateswoman.
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Tracy Koga, host of Backstage360 on ShawTV Winnipeg, interviews Jean-Daniel Lafond and Peter Flegel of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation at the Graffiti Gallery, where Mr. Lafond's documentary "A Woman of Purpose" is being presented.
(Quebec City) Unlike Montreal or Toronto, we tend to think of Quebec City as somehow free of homelessness. Much "prudish circumspection" surrounds the notion, says Jean-Daniel Lafond. Co-founder, co-chair and executive director of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, named after his wife, Mr. Lafond attended the official launch of a small exhibition led by three street youths, this week at Musée de la civilisation.
The most recent book by Jean-Daniel Lafond, Un désir d’Amérique, fragments nomades, was shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award, French Non-Fiction Category, awarded to a Francophone author who published an outstanding work of non-fiction.