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3 Jul 2009

Jean-Pierre Kelche and Chantal Moreno awarded Québec’s Ordre national

Québec Premier Jean Charest, together with General Jean-Pierre Kelche, grand chancellor of the Légion d’honneur, and Chantal Moreno, advisor to the OIF secretary general.

On July 2, Québec Premier Jean Charest presented Jean-Pierre Kelche, grand chancellor of the Légion d’honneur, with the insignia of the grand officer of the Ordre national du Québec. Chantal Moreno, advisor to the secretary general of the International Francophone Organization (OIF), His Excellency Abdou Diouf, was presented with the insignia of the knight of the Ordre. The ceremony was held at Québec Government Office in Paris.

General Jean-Pierre Kelche is an influential figure in the history of honorary titles in La Francophonie. As grand chancellor of the Légion d’honneur and chancellor of the Ordre national du mérite, he has played a key role in strengthening solidarity between Québec and France. His efforts have focused on developing the Québec chapters of the Légion d’honneur’s mutual assistance society, in addition to the national association of the members of the Ordre national du mérite. He has also encouraged a number of assistance and solidarity programs for underprivileged youths.

Chantal Moreno has enhanced Québec’s standing on the national, regional and local levels by forging close ties with France, particularly the Poitou-Charentes region. As chair of the French committee to promote Québec City’s 400th anniversary, she spearheaded a number of activities on both sides of the Atlantic in 2008. She is currently in charge of international cooperation and constitutional reform implementation with OIF administrator and Quebec native Clément Duhaime.

Created in 1984, the Ordre national is the highest distinction bestowed by the Government of Québec. It is divided into three categories (grand officer, officer and knight), which are awarded to individuals who have made an impact in Québec or have made outstanding contributions to its development.

Ordre national du Québec (in french)
Québec Government Office in Paris
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