the ambassadors of the Festival
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Since the first ever festival in 1969, the Official Voyageurs are the ambassadors of the Festival du Voyageur. They promote the winter festival to the best of their abilities and represent the « joie de vivre » of the francophone community. All the while spreading the voyageur spirit, the Official Voyageurs also have a sense of adventure and discovery.
THE Régnier FAMILY,
OFFICIAL VOYAGEURS 2019-2020
Liliane Régnier born Gautron (Lambert) grew up in Saint-Claude. She is a graduate of L’École technique et professionnelle of the Université de Saint-Boniface (formerly Collège Saint-Boniface) and the École de Musique Vincent d’Indy in Montreal. After a long trip to Europe & India, Liliane and Robert came back to settle in Manitoba near Ste-Amme amd Ste-Geneviève. Liliane is currently a stay-at-home teacher and a piano teacher. She has also been a doula for over 15 years. Liliane also teaches prenatal yoga. In her spare time, she likes to read, knit, make pottery, practice her yoga and work in her garden. She also enjoys volunteering for the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Festival du Voyageur.
Robert was born in St François Xavier, Mb where he lived beside his grand-parent’s ‘Château de St François Xavier’. He grew up a proud francophone among many of his Régnier uncles, aunties and cousins and often visited his Damphousse family around rural Manitoba. Not long after graduating from the University of Manitoba in computer science, he married Liliane and moved to Montreal. After an extended overseas trip, Robert moved back to Manitoba and settled near the towns of Ste-Anne and Ste-Geneviève. He enjoys gardening, hobby farming and woodworking. Robert currently works as a computer scientist at Momentum Healthware in Saint-Boniface. He’s been involved in coaching, managing an eco-club for kids and volunteering for the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Festival du Voyageur. Robert also enjoys music, writing, sci-fi, games, sports, cooking and painting.
Anne-Sophie was born in Ste-Anne in 2004. She loves country living and taking care of her chickens, recently renamed Léo, Tire and Érable. She plays sports such as curling, soccer, basketball and swimming. She also plays violin since the age of 4 and now plays with the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras and the troupe jeunesse of the Ensemble folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge. Anne-Sophie loves to participate in the Festival du Voyageur fiddling contest and has won several medals at this event. She also plays guitar and piano, likes to read, draw, make pottery and eat lots of maple taffee!
Jasmine is 16 years old. She attends school at Collège Régional Gabrielle-Roy since 10th grade. She plays violin since the age of 3 ½ and also plays with the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras and has won several medals at the Festival du Voyageur fiddling contest. Jasmine also plays violin with the troupe jeunesse de l’Ensemble folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge and is a violin teacher. She is part of the JMCA leadership group and sits on multiple school committees. In her spare time, Jasmine likes horse riding, drawing and playing soccer. She loves animals, spending time outside and travelling.
Order of the Official Voyageurs
Perron-Beaudry, Nicole and Christian, 2017 – 2018
Sorin, Michelle and Marcel, 2015 – 2016
Order of the Official Voyageurs, 2014 (To celebrate the festival’s 45th anniversary)
St-Vincent, Daniel and Gagnon, Jocelyne, 2012 – 2013
Chamberland, Roger and Gervais, Michelle, 2010 – 2011
Fortier, Denis and Annette, 2008 – 2009
Brunet, Charles and Gisèle, 2006 – 2007
Dupont, Jacques and Paulette, 2004 – 2005
Pambrun, Jean-Marie and Jocelyne, 2002 – 2003
Noël, Guy and Johanne, 2000 – 2001
Lacroix, Guy and Agathe, 1998 – 1999
Clément, Gérald and Hélène, 1996 – 1997
Riel, Joseph and Joanne, 1994 – 1995
Rémillard, Marc and Aline, 1992 – 1993
Forest, Gabriel and Marcelle, 1990 – 1991
Dandeneau, David and Huguette, 1988 – 1989
Lavack, Philippe and Jacqueline, 1986 – 1987
Gaudry, Neil and Léona, 1984 – 1985
Laroche, Pierre and Carmen, 1982 – 1983
Desaulniers, Aurèle and Gabrielle, 1980 – 1981
Loiselle, Lucien and Lucienne, 1977 – 1978, 1979
Prenovault, Gérard and Germaine, 1974 – 1976, 1979
D’Eschambault, Gilbert and Elsie, 1973, 1979
Marion, Roland and Laurette, 1971 – 1972, 1979
Forest, Georges and Anita, 1970, 1979