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Commission/ Robert-Sauvé Award

Robert-Sauvé Award


 




Winners 2006

On November 9, 2006, the Commission des services juridiques handed out the 2006 Robert-Sauvé Award to Mrs. Ruth Gagnon and Me Jacques Racine. Me Denis Roy, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques, presented the Award.

The Robert-Sauvé Award honours the exceptional contribution of two individuals to promoting the rights of the less fortunate. It is comprised of two awards, the General Public Award and the Network Award.



« General Public » category

Mrs. Ruth Gagnon

Photo: Paul Ducharme

From left to right : Me Bernand Grenier, Chairman of the Robert-Sauvé Award Selection Committee, Me Jacques Racine, winner of the Robert-Sauvé Award - Network award, Me Raymond Leduc, member of the Robert-Sauvé Award Selectio
Mrs. Ruth Gagnon
The Award for the General Public award was conferred on Mrs. Ruth Gagnon, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Québec, a community organization whose mission is to help women who, one day, may have to face the criminal justice system and are determined to come out of it successfully, although they are unable to do so on their own. Mrs. Gagnon has devoted her life to individuals who are or may be criminalized, by offering crime prevention services and social reintegration programs. She worked primarily within community organizations as well as for the Correctional Service of Canada. During her career, she has reached out to adults and teenagers, guiding and supporting them in their efforts to reintegrate into society. Individuals who land in prison are, for the most part, victims of abuse, violence and abandonment. Mrs. Gagnon has always tried to give them back the dignity to which they are entitled.

« Legal Aid Network » category

Me Jacques Racine

Me Jacques Racine
The Award for the Network award was conferred on Me Jacques Racine, retired director general of the Community Legal Centre of the Lower St. Lawrence/Gaspé Region. A pioneer and leader in computing matters, Me Racine was the first director within the legal aid network to show interest in, and understand the importance of, using new technologies. In the 1980s, he established a computer network in the various offices of the Community Legal Centre of the Lower St. Lawrence/Gaspé Region. This innovation significantly improved customer service. His example was followed throughout the legal aid network. Me Racine was the director of the Community Legal Centre of the Lower St. Lawrence/Gaspé Region from June 1978 to July 1999. Having been admitted to the Bar in 1971, he began working in the field of legal aid in 1973, the year in which the network was established. At that time, he was entrusted with the task of setting up the legal aid bureau in Rimouski. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Me Racine practised criminal, matrimonial, administrative, civil and youth law at the legal aid bureau. In 1978, he became the director general of the Community Legal Centre of the Lower St. Lawrence/Gaspé Region and, from 1997 until his retirement from the legal aid system in 1999, he was the interim director general of the Community Legal Centre of the North Shore.
Robert Sauvé
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