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Pierre Lavoie
Soirée Excellence La Presse/Radio-Canada
Pierre Lavoie
Soirée Excellence La Presse/Radio-Canada
Pierre Lavoie
Personnalité de l’année 2009 | Montreal, February 18, 2010

Pierre Lavoie was very proud to be awarded the title of Personnalité de l’année 2009 in the category of courage, humanitarianism and personal accomplishment during the Soirée Excellence La Presse/Radio-Canada hosted by France Beaudoin which aired Sunday January 17 on Radio-Canada.

A past recipient of the same prize and category in 2005, Pierre was again honoured this year as the initiator of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, a major health event with the aim of encouraging kids to adopt healthier habits. He shares the prize with two young girls, Lysiane Vermette and Éliane Gosselin, who were among the student winners of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie. As part of the same challenge, Pierre also cycled 1000 km in just over 40 consecutive hours from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to Montreal in order to promote a healthy way of life and to raise funds for research on orphan diseases. When asked by France Beaudoin where his will and motivation stems from, Pierre explained: “When you take on a destabilizing challenge, it forces you out of your comfort zone and it makes you stronger. This is exactly what my partner Germain Thibault and I accomplished. We created this project into which we poured our guts and our time. It’s a great adventure, a great need in Quebec. We will continue because the younger generation deserves to be more active and to eat better than ours. The health system is falling apart and we need a more responsible generation than ours. We started something and I’m confident that a cultural change is underway.”
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