At its 50th anniversary, Châtelaine magazine (fr.chatelaine.com) started an Internet project to celebrate this event by inviting 50 well-known Quebecer females to reflect on the progress of women in modern Quebec. Five minutes of video time are allotted in each of the 50 individual interviews. Four video clips from these interviews about are introduced below with a brief biography. The videos in French concern about "Which woman inspired you?" The paragraphs are written in English with the basis of the original French texts from the magazine (www.femmesdeparole.com/le_projet).
Probably the most famous Canadian in the world or even in history, Céline Dion is better than anyone to fit a "success story".
For obvious reasons, Céline Dion has been unable to travel to the studio for the Châtelain interview.
However, she was still keen to participate in this project and Châtelain Magazine produced an audio interview instead.
In 1981, aged 12, Céline Dion recorded her first album, under the auspices of René Angélil, who mortgaged his house to that effect! In 1982, she made her debut at the International Festival of Popular Songs in Tokyo. In the following year, she became the first Canadian to receive a Gold LP in France, and also won four Félix. In 1988, in the Song Contest of Eurovision, she launched her international career. Two years later, Céline conquered the American pop market with Unison and ranked in the Top 5 of US Billboard. In 2004, she became a Hollywood star in the Walk of Fame.
Julie Snyder is another TV diva in Quebec. As a TV host, Julie Snyder is provocative but funny. She has a formidable instinct
about the tastes of the public in Quebec. She knows the fine line between tolerance and acceptance. So, she often triumphs over as many criticisms as controversies.
Some of her audacious encounters are: Wearing a paper bag over her head to interview Catherine Deneuve, the legendary French actress; asking about Larry Flynn, the
Hustle publisher, about if he could still have sex although he was confined to a wheelchair; inquiring race car driver Jacques Villeneuve how he peed during a long race;
and questioning other celebrities, such as pop singer Madonna.
Since Julie fell in love of the television at sixteen, she has never thought of quitting. In 1990s, she captivated by her boldness and her mischievous acts a large audience, which always wanted more of her. Between 1992 and 1997, she hosted the successful show of "L'enfer, C'est nous autres" at CBC. In 1997, she co-founded a TV production company, Productions J; in the same year she produced a talk-show "Le Poing J" with TVA. In 2000, she decided to venture into France. Through the air-waves of France 2 network, she appeared in her own show "Vendredi, c'est Julie". This popular show lasted to 2002.
Ever since fascinated by the image of Apollo at the age of 10, Julie Payette dreamed to be an astronaut.
Being the first Canadian to get aboard a space station and logged two space trips, Julie becomes a popular spokesperson for the Canadian Space Agency.
She has exceptional qualities - pretty, cheerful, articulate, versatile, multi-talented. She is also fluent in French and English,
and can speak some Russian, German, Italian and Spanish. She is an accomplished pianist and an expert player at many sports.
Naturally, she is a natural model for young girls interested in science and engineering.
After she graduated from the engineering school of University of McGill in 1986, she worked for IBM. Between 1988 and 1990, she was a graduate student at the University of Toronto, where she received a Master of Applied Science degree in computer engineering. Subsequently, she was a visiting scientist with IBM laboratory in Switzerland in 1991 and a research engineer with Nortel in Montreal in 1992. When the Canadian Space Agency announced the recruitment for new astronauts, Julie was selected in 1992. During the course of training, she obtained her commercial pilot license, her deep-sea diving suit operator license and later her military jet pilot license.
Photo : Agence spatiale canadienne
On May 27, 1999, she joined the crew of space shuttle Discovery to travel to the space station. The goal of the mission was to bring supplies to the space station. Ten years later, she embarked on another shuttle Endeavor as flight engineer. This mission was to bring the materials to complete the construction project for the station.
Julie is married to Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) William Flynn of the Canadian Air Force; they have two children.
Véronique Cloutier, bright and articulate, is a popular TV host in Quebec and has gained the reputation as the darling of Quebecers. She now hosts "The Noon of Veronica" (Rhythm FM) and "Children of the TV" (CBC). All-round and outgoing, inquisitive and enthusiastic, a younger Véronique would eventually end up before a camera or a microphone. In high school, she worked for the radio stations of CISM and CKAC. Later, she advanced rapidly in television stations, first at TVA and then at MusiquePlus(More Music), although only at CBC, she finally captured the hearts of Quebecor and rose to fame as the host of "La Fureur"(The Fervor). Tireless, she interwove her life with numerous assignments: noon radio talks, prime-time TV, roles in TV series and films, advertising, social causes, and live shows . She was everywhere and one might wonder how she found time to be a mother of three children?
Photo: lapress.caShe took a pause on TV appearances in April 2014, but she announced a new show in January 2017.