Marie-Thérèse Fortin has been a Little Brothers spokesperson since September 2017. She is perhaps best known as one of the stars of the television series Mémoires vives and Boomerang, but she has also had a long and illustrious career acting and directing for the stage. In addition, she has served as the artistic director of Théâtre du Trident and Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. Over the years, Marie-Thérèse has made a lasting mark on Quebec’s cultural scene and captured the hearts of audiences across the province.
Her newest role as a spokesperson for Little Brothers is one that is particularly near and dear to her heart. She has welcomed the opportunity to reach out to senior citizens in need and help alleviate their solitude.
I’m very lucky that my 99-year-old mother is still in my life. She is surrounded by people who care about her, and it’s amazing for all of us to continue to share some wonderful moments with her. But I can’t help thinking of all those elderly women and men out there who have been left to fend for themselves. It’s simply unacceptable for them to experience such abject loneliness in their final years in a society as affluent as ours. We all have a responsibility to take care of them and be there for them until the very end. It’s a matter of simple human decency and something I strongly believe in. I hope in my own little way to shine the spotlight on Little Brothers by raising public awareness about their mission, which resonates with me at a deep level.Marie-Thérèse Fortin
Marie-Thérèse will work in tandem with Béatrice Picard, Little Brothers’ provincial patron for the past decade. Béatrice is thrilled to partner with Marie-Thérèse and to share her unique brand of joy with her “stars,” which is what Béatrice affectionately calls our Elder Friends. Incidentally, this is not the first time Little Brothers has had a “power couple” at the helm: Jean Besré and Juliette Huot were co-ambassadors of our organization until their respective deaths, within a few days of each other, in 2001.
Béatrice Picard has been the provincial patron and spokesperson for Little Brothers since 2007. A fixture in Quebec’s television, film and theatre community for over 60 years, she is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. She has been the voice of Marge Simpson in the Quebec-dubbed version of The Simpsons for the past 25 years. Recent stage appearances include Peter et Alice and Les chroniques de Saint-Léonard with the Duceppe theatre company. She was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2012.
“Thank you for reaching out to elderly people who are all alone and, sadly, far too often forgotten by society.”
— Béatrice Picard, Little Brothers’ provincial patron
On October 1, the International Day of Older Persons, Béatrice Picard sent a special message to remind everyone of the importance of staying in contact with the seniors in their lives all year round. (French only)
Louis Garneau, respected businessman, philanthropist and avid cyclist, has been giving back to Little Brothers since 1995. He is the proud organizer of Granfondo Garneau-Quebecor, a 118-kilometre cycling event that has raised more than $470,000 for the organization. This is how Mr. Garneau actively contributes to Little Brothers’ growth and development across Quebec and to the maintenance and operation of the Lac Saint-Joseph vacation lodge.
“There are plenty of organizations out there that work with seniors, but precious few focus on providing them with one-on-one love and attention until the end of their lives.”
— Louis Garneau, spokesperson for Little Brothers – Quebec City
Émilie Lévesque has been spokesperson for Little Brothers – Sherbrooke since 2012. She first came into the public eye in 2009 as a contestant on the popular Quebec reality show Star Académie. Her song Dimanche après-midi in which she talks about the loneliness of seniors, touched audiences across the province.
“It is so important to love and be loved. Helping others in need feels great, for both the person being cared for and the caregiver. No matter what your age, simple human contact – looking into someone’s eyes or sharing a smile – is a precious thing!ˮ
— Émilie Lévesque, spokesperson for Little Brothers – Sherbrooke