Born in Alberta, France Levasseur-Ouimet holds a BEd, MA and PhD from the University of Alberta. She has taught at the Faculté Saint-Jean (U of A) from 1976 to 2006. Former president of l’Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (French-Canadian Association of Alberta), she has published a number of books on the history of Franco-Albertans, a collection of short stories and many professional articles. In addition, she has written and produced more than twenty plays, including four musical comedies. As a songwriter, she has composed most of the songs on Marie-Josée Ouimet’s two CDs, “Mon clair de lune” and “Parce que.”
She was awarded the Prix de la Faculté Saint-Jean for excellence in teaching (1984) and for excellence in research (2001) and the Prix de reconnaissance Saint-Jean (2003). The award for best author/composer and interpreter at the Gala albertain de la chanson (Alberta’s French festival of the song) is named after her. She was given the “Special Alberta Song Award” in 1997. Other awards include the YWCA Community Service Award from the City of Edmonton (1993) and the Ordre des Francophones d’Amérique (the Francophone Order of America) from the Conseil supérieur de la langue française of the Government of Quebec (2003). She has also been a member of the Compagnie des Cent Associés – ACELF (French Canadian Association for Education) since 1992.
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