The FMG family honoured!

News releases | August 26, 2021


Eight long standing volunteers will receive the Jean Boileau Award.

For the past 13 years, the Jean Boileau Award has recognized the commitment of the event's artisans, whether they be pilots, artists, spokespersons or volunteers. In this special year, the founder of the FMG, Jean Boileau, and the president, Stéphane Riel, have chosen to underline the resilience of its organizing committee and its volunteers by highlighting the involvement of eight of the committee's members, who are celebrating over 30 years of volunteer work within the organization.

"The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is first and foremost a family event, but it is also a large family of volunteers, some of whom have been involved for ten, twenty and even thirty years. It is this driving force that allows the event, the city of Gatineau and the Outaouais region to shine, to be recognized, and above all to offer a colourful weekend for young and old alike! Thank you to the eight volunteers honoured this year and to their teams for their work behind the scenes in Parc de la Baie," said Jean Boileau, founder of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival and Director of Communications for the City of Gatineau.

"Family is the foundation of our event. With all the upheavals the organization has experienced in the last two years due to the pandemic, it is important to recognize that it is thanks to this family spirit that we are able to offer this year's event with an exceptional line-up, all in a safe environment. Thank you and congratulations to all of them," added Stéphane Riel, President of the FMG.

Here is the list of the 2021 Jean Boileau Award recipients:

Robert Asselin - Provisioning;

Anne-Marie Mathieu - Pilots' Pavilion;

Lise Paquin McArdle - 1001 Trouvailles;

Paul Cloutier - Security;

Julie Mathieu - Hot Air Balloon Tours;

Louise Dicaire - Provisioning;

Lorraine O'Farrell - Flight Officer;

Isabelle Laberge - Lost Children and Infant Care.  

The awards ceremony will take place on the Lac-Leamy Casino Stage during the FMG

There is still time to join the large family of volunteers for the 34th edition of the FMG! All the details here!


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