Mr. Speaker, on December 3, at the volunteer recognition gala, Saint-Marc-des-Carrières will honour Paralympic champion Chantal Petitclerc and the extraordinary example of perseverance she embodies for everyone in her hometown.
Over the past decade, the civil, political and the athletic community has recognized, on numerous occasions, the achievements of this unique athlete.
She has an incredible collection of eleven Paralympic medals and holds two world records. But it is the enthusiasm and determination of this young woman, stricken by tragedy at age thirteen, which everyone admires.
A spokesperson since 1995 for Défi sportif for athletes with a disability, she also collaborates with a number of organizations including England`s national Mobility program and Relais Synergie for the Quebec lung association. Recently, she took part in the Portneuf Rotary Club fundraiser.
I thank Ms. Petitclerc for being who she is. She embodies the best qualities: honesty, determination and enthusiasm.