Dec 31, 2012- 10:30 AM
Proulx, the first president of Collège Boréal, was known for her devotion to defend the interests of women, Francophones and the whole community, said the college in a news release. Having served in particular as president of the Greater Sudbury Business and Professional Women's Club and as a member of the Hospital Restructuring Transition Team, Proulx is remembered by all as a leading figure of her era whose tangible actions have contributed tremendously to our society’s development.
“Collège Boréal has been in mourning since Rachel Proulx’s death,” said Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, president of Collège Boréal. “Responding to the expectations of thousands of Francophones who had been calling for a French-language college, first in Northern Ontario and then in the Central-Southwestern region, Proulx was able to provide the necessary momentum to allow our institution to spread its wings and to remain at the forefront of fields such as education, research and innovation.
“Her death represents a terrible loss for us all.”
In recognition of Proulx’s contribution to the founding and continued success of the institution, Collège Boréal granted her in 1996 the first honorary diploma in its history, in Business Administration.