Cégep Garneau, located in the heart of Québec City, has recently constituted its Association of graduates, which aims to create a network of over 61,000 alumni and to identify role models rich in experience and expertise for its students.
To showcase the Association, the Cégep has created a wall of Distinguished Graduates. It features thirty-seven alumni representing various programs and areas and who have distinguished themselves since the Cégep’s inauguration five decades ago. The Association was officially launched on May 11, 2016. The wall of Distinguished Graduates was unveiled, where professor Fournier had the honor of being profiled.
Professor Fournier shared the following words at the event: “It is at Garneau that I developed my curiosity for others and my passion for the diversity that animates us, the dreams and desires we harbour, the gods we secretly or publicly praise, the truths that make and break us. I got lost one thousand times in the “Room of those not lost”, in a philosophical and existential sense. Had I not been on this quest that was both allowed and encouraged, I would not have been able or have known how and why to search for my path. A Doctor of Law from Harvard University and a proud mother of three young children, I am Full Professor and Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. I endeavour to train future jurists habilitated with sharp critical minds of their own. For me, true success means challenging obstacles. There is no child who has learnt to walk that has not fallen, risen, and fallen again.”