Congratulations to Faculty of Education professor Mariette Théberge who was named one of the Members of Honour 2020-2021 by the Association Canadienne d’éducation de Langue Française (ACELF). As the former editorial board co-chair for the journal Éducation et francophonie, she was recognized for her exceptional contributions to the Association’s goals. ACELF committee members expressed high praise for this year’s cohort of honorees, saying that “some people have such a positive impact on our lives that we hold them in our hearts forever. Our honorary members are of that calibre. Builders of a strong, proud and assertive francophonie. Our pillars. People who energize the French language community by making remarkable contributions to the goals of the ACELF. Stars who make francophone education in Canada shine.”
For Professor Théberge, she says her work with ACELF is born of passion for French language education in Canada and in other countries. She added “I have worked on the editorial board of the journal Éducation et francophonie for more than 15 years, including ten years as president; and it has been my pleasure to contribute to the publication of these scholarly writings. This work has given me the opportunity to share with francophone researchers across the country and the world, to underscore the value of the French language, and to ensure its continued presence and vitality in our respective communities. I am privileged to belong to and be named an honorary member of wonderful l’Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française community.”
Mariette Théberge is a Full Professor in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education where she teaches arts education, epistemology and research methodology. She holds a master's degree and a doctorate in education and studied playwriting with Alain Knapp in Paris. Her main research interests include arts education, cultural identity and the creative process. She has conducted research projects with youth in French language art programs in Ontario and is also interested in the creative processes of Francophone theatre companies in Canada. Her other research focuses on teacher training and adult learning in the arts.