2000 Award Recipients (for actions in 1999)
On November 20, 2000, the Government of Québec paid public tribute to 38 persons in recognition of their acts of good citizenship in 1999. The Tribute to Good Citizenship ceremony was held in the Legislative Council Chamber of the main Parliament Building, presided over by the Minister of Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration. The Minister awarded 9 medals and 29 honourable citations.
The recipients were also given a lapel pin, which is a miniature replica of the medal.
The acts of good citizenship highlighted at the 17th Tribute to Good Citizenship ceremony were divided into categories.
Medals for Good Citizenship
The medal for good citizenship, accompanied by a gold lapel pin, may be awarded to a person who has accomplished an act of good citizenship under dangerous circumstances. Made of bronze and engraved with the recipient’s name, the two faces on the medal symbolize both aspects of the theme based on risking one's life to save the life of another.
Mélissa Brière (awarded posthumously), represented by her father André Brière, Estrie
Mélissa Brière drowned after jumping into the swirling rivière Nicolet-Sud to rescue her friend who had made a fatal dive into the river.
Luka Brousseau (age 10), Capitale-Nationale
Luka Brousseau bravely rescued his friend from drowning despite the deep icy water of the river.
In the "accidents" category, the Government of Québec awarded a medal for good citizenship to:
Danny Leblanc, Chaudière-Appalaches
Danny Leblanc went to the rescue of a woman trapped in a burning vehicle, despite the danger of an explosion.
Richard Nadeau, Estrie
Though the fire and smoke made his actions more difficult, Richard Nadeau was able to free two victims from their vehicle in a highway accident that claimed the life of a five-year-old child.
In the "fires" category, the Government of Québec awarded a medal for good citizenship to:
Fernando Amaral, represented by his mother, Arlete Amaral, Montréal
Despite thick smoke and intense heat, Fernando Amaral acted quickly and bravely to rescue a man whose house was gutted by fire.
Jean-Yves Béchard, Gaspésie
During a fire, Jean-Yves Béchard showed resourcefulness and determination in rescuing an unconscious man who was difficult to locate because of the surrounding smoke and darkness.
Sheryl Binney (awarded posthumously), represented by her spouse Richard Chapdelaine, Estrie
After saving three of her children from a fire in their home, Sheryl Binney lost her life trying to rescue the fourth child.
Daniel Douville, Laval
Daniel Douville braved a fire to save the life of two children and showed courage in attempting to rescue a third young victim.
Michel Lemay, Laurentides
Michel Lemay's determination and courage saved the lives of a mother and two of her children during a fire. The intense heat prevented him from rescuing a third child.
Honourable Citations for Good Citizenship
Honourable citations for good citizenship, accompanied by a silver lapel pin, may be awarded to an individual who has performed an act of courage or dedication under difficult circumstances. The honourable citation is a parchment certificate bearing the recipient’s name.
In the "drowning risks" category, the Government of Québec awarded an honourable citation for good citizenship to:
Marco Bélanger bravely rescued his friend who had fallen into the freezing rivière Matane.
Marjorie Bilodeau (and her mother Chantal Tardif)
Marjorie Bilodeau's courage and quick response saved her three-year-old brother Samuel from drowning in a stream.
Due to his perseverance and despite the ice giving way under his weight, Yves Blais saved a young boy, Éric, from certain drowning.
Thanks to his quick-wittedness, Gaston Geoffroy helped firemen rescue four young people whose boat had sunk in the churning waters of the fleuve Saint-Laurent.
Though the lifeboat he was in overturned, Jean Harnois showed resourcefulness and composure in rescuing a young girl from drowning.
Joël Landreville and Rémi St-Gelais
The prompt action of Joël Landreville and Rémi St-Gelais saved the life of a young girl caught in the swirling rivière Mistassini.
Réjean Larouche showed exceptional courage in jumping from a bridge to help a person in distress.
Despite the danger of falling through thin ice, Michel Lefrançois rescued a young boy who had fallen into the icy water of lac Saint-Yves.
Through his determination and resourcefulness, Jimmy Mackenzie was able to pull to shore a man adrift in the fleuve Saint-Laurent.
The heroic gesture of Gaston Mercier jumping into the fleuve Saint-Laurent saved an elderly woman from drowning.
Disregarding the icy temperature, Alain Montreuil rescued a woman who had jumped into the rivière Des Prairies and saved her life using CPR techniques.
Carol Tremblay managed to save a woman from drowning in the swirling rivière Gatineau.
In the "accidents" category, the Government of Québec awarded an honourable citation for good citizenship to:
Martin Giguère and Normand Giguère
Through their quick response, Martin and Normand Giguère saved the lives of three people who were trapped in a burning vehicle.
Stéphane Labrie, Michel Sabourin and Patrick Sirois
Stéphane Labrie, Michel Sabourin and Patrick Sirois combined their efforts with perseverance and courage to free a driver from his burning car.
Disregarding the spreading flames, Jean-Luc Larose rescued a motorist by breaking the windshield of the car.
By her repeated attempts, Diane Lévesque managed to free a driver trapped inside his burning vehicle.
In the "fires" category, the Government of Québec awarded an honourable citation for good citizenship to:
Jonathan Allie and Benoît Houle
By coordinating their actions, Jonathan Allie and Benoît Houle saved the life of their neighbour whose apartment was on fire.
Michel Noël's quick response and perseverance saved the life of his father-in-law who was trapped in his burning house.
Georges Roy saved all the members of his family when his home caught fire.
In the "other circumstances" category, the Government of Québec awarded an honourable citation for good citizenship to:
Due to his quick-wittedness, Frédéric Benny-Chambers managed to protect his classmates in a hostage-taking situation in his school. He sustained an injury to his right lung.
Danielle Bergeron and Marie-Chantal Martel
Danielle Bergeron and Marie-Chantal Martel combined their efforts to save two men who were the victims of an explosion.
Through her composure, Chantal Dufort managed to outsmart an armed man who had broken into a shelter for women during the night. She was able to evacuate four women and six children. One woman was killed, a victim of domestic violence.
Heeding only his courage, Frédéric Tremblay jumped twice into a manure pit to rescue his father who was trapped in the cabin of a hydraulic shovel.