Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director of The Manitoba Museum (Hans Thater)
Being able to make a difference in our community is the best reward I can be given.
—Claudette Leclerc, executive director of The Manitoba Museum
Today Claudette Leclerc, the executive director of The Manitoba Museum, will be recognized for her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in Canada.
Leclerc will receive The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony tonight, in Ottawa.
Leclerc has lead three outstanding cultural organizations in Winnipeg, over the past 29 years: The Winnipeg International Children's Festival, the Folks Arts Council of Winnipeg and The Manitoba Museum, and currently The Manitoba Museum.
"I am deeply honoured to receive this recognition" says Leclerc. "Manitoba's cultural and heritage organizations make an important contribution to our economy; they provide great educational opportunities, and improve the Province's quality of life."
"Being able to make a difference in our community is the best reward I can be given".
Leclerc is currently in the thick of finalizing capital plans that will include a major expansion of the science content of The Manitoba Museum, with the aim to bring a science centre to Manitoba.
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) nominated Leclerc for the medal and will present it to her today in Ottawa at the CMA Awards Ceremony, part of the organizations annual conference.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.
The recipients of the medal honours substantial contributions and achievements by Canadians.
Hear Claudette Leclerc on CBC Radio's Up To Speed, April 25, at 4:45 p.m.