A report from Haiti Libre.
As part of the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, in the presence of Bernard Voyer, co-president of the Council of the Order of Montreal, presented at a solemn ceremony at City Hall, the prestigious medal of the Order of Montreal to 17 eminent personalities (3 to the rank of commander – 6 to the rank of officer and 8 to the rank of knight), including the Canadian writer of Haitian origin Dany Laferrière to the rank of Officer.
“As Mayor and Citizen, I am proud to participate in the first official presentation of the Order of Montreal. Today, we honor citizens who dedicate themselves to the common good and the social and economic development of our city. They come from very distinct sectors of activity and each, in their own way and in a remarkable way, invigorate our metropolis and make it radiate here and abroad. By giving the Order of Montreal medal to these 17 eminent personalities, we give them a little of what they so generously donated to Montreal,” declared Mayor Coderre.
The Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferrière, one of the most renowned contemporary writers, became the first Québec and Haitian author elected to the Académie Française in 2013. His works have gained international success since his beginnings and his brilliant literary career has been crowned with dozens of Prizes and tributes.