GEORGETTE VACHON ,
COMMUNITY LEADER AND AUTHOR
 
Born in Lac-à-la-Tortue in the Mauricie region of Quebec in 1900, Georgette Tremblay went to school with Les Servantes du Cœur-de-Marie, a French religious congregation, and then with Les Sœurs du Bon-Pasteur in Rivière-du-Loup. She graduated with a degree in music and literature from Laval University, and then continued her studies in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in France. She and her husband, civil aviation pioneer Roméo Vachon, had four children. After she came to Ottawa in 1944, she founded and served as president of La Société d’étude et de conférences (Ottawa branch) in 1946. As vice-president of the French section of the Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra, she started the Arts and Culture movement and set up guided tours at the National Gallery of Canada. A member of the Female Journalists Circle of Ottawa, she was the author of: Roméo Vachon: a distinguished Canadian aviator (1969), Googles, Helmets and Airmail Stamps (1974), Images de Roméo Vachon (1975), as well as numerous magazine articles. For six years, she was in charge of historical documents at the Royal Canadian Air Force. Very active in L’Alliance française d’Ottawa, she served on the Board of Directors as a member (1949-1950, 1950-1951, 1958-1961, 1962-1965), vice-chair (1953) and chair (1954-1955). In 1960, she founded the Christ-Roi branch of La Fédération des femmes canadiennes-françaises in Ottawa. On 16 May 1967, she received the Alliance française medal from François Leduc, ambassador of France to Canada, during a banquet at the Quebec Pavilion at Expo 67. Georgette Vachon died in Ottawa on 7 February 1987.