Valérie Bélanger Wins the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence
In the photo: Michel Robitaille, president of the jury and of the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques; Monique Cormier, creator of the Délie ta langue! public speaking competition and professor at Université de Montréal; Valérie Bélanger, winner of the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence and student at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi; André d’Orsonnens, Chairman and CEO of Druide informatique.
Valérie Bélanger was awarded the Grand Prix Antidote de l’éloquence at the final of the Délie ta langue! public speaking competition, which took place on Monday at the auditorium of the Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ). This prize, sponsored by Druide informatique, includes a scholarship of $5,000 in recognition of the exceptional oratory performance of the young university student.
Organized by Université de Montréal, Délie ta langue! aims to promote the use of the French language in a positive, original and dynamic way. The initiative also allows contestants to develop their oratory and public speaking skills. The contest was open to all undergraduate students at Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Rimouski. For the first time this year, it was also open to students at Concordia University, Université de Sherbrooke and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
The finalists were required to give a presentation on a French expression and link it with a societal issue. In her second year of study for a certificate in writing and communication at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Ms. Bélanger chose the expression mettre au pied du mur. She wowed the jury with the clarity and logic of her arguments as well as her stage presence.
Four other finalists were also awarded prizes at the end of this exciting competition. Each recipient received a subscription to Antidote+, giving them access to all three applications from the array of renowned language software developed by Druide informatique: Antidoe 11, Antidote Web and Antidote Mobile.
Druide informatique produces and markets Antidote, the most comprehensive 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, while its subsidiary, Éditions Druide, specializes in the publication of French-language literature and reference works.