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Dardia Joseph Wins the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence

March 22, 2019
Dardia Joseph. Crédit photo : bureau de la valorisation de la langue français et de la Francophonie, Université de Montréal, 2019

Mrs. Dardia Joseph was awarded the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence at the final of the Délie ta langue ! public speaking competition at the Cabaret du Lion d’Or last night. This prize, sponsored by Druide informatique, comes with a scholarship of $5000 to recognize the exceptional oratory performance of the young university student.

Organized by the Bureau de la valorisation de la langue française et de la Francophonie de l’Université de Montréal for undergraduate students, the Délie ta langue ! contest aims to promote the French language in a positive, original and dynamic way. The initiative also allows contestants to develop their oratory and public speaking skills.

The finalist had to do a presentation on a French expression. A second-year law student, Mrs. Joseph chose the expression entre chien et loup. Her definition of eloquence? Finding a balance between form and content and between emotion and reason.

Three other finalists were also awarded prizes at the end of this very exciting competition. Each recipient received a copy of Antidote 10, the celebrated language software developed by Druide informatique.

Mr. Lucien Bouchard, the former premier of Quebec, chaired the jury in charge of listening to and evaluating the finalists. He was joined by the producer and presenter Mrs. Marie-France Brazzo, the Member of Parliament for the NDP Mrs. Anne Minh-Thu Quach, the journalist Mr. Djavan Habel-Thurton, as well as the Chairman and CEO of Druide informatique Mr. André d’Orsonnens. The judges were aided by Radio-Canada’s top language advisor, Mr. Guy Bertrand, in evaluating the quality of the language used in the presentations.

Druide informatique produces and markets Antidote, the most complete writing assistance software suite available for English and French, as well as Typing Pal, the renowned typing tutorial application. The company is also the creator of WebElixir, a quality assurance service for websites. In addition to its software, Druide publishes French-language literature and reference works through its subsidiary, Éditions Druide.

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