Monique Bégin, 4 other women honoured for contributions


The Hon. Monique Bégin, political leader and activitist, was one of five women who receieved the 2015 Governor General’s Person Case Award on April 21, 2016. Each is being recognized as a nation builider who has made important contributions to Canada.

The award is given reach year by Famous 5 Ottawa in honour of the Famous 5: five women who in 1929 successfully advocated for Canadian women to be included in the legal definition of “person”, opening the door to voting and other basic rights.

This year’s other recipients were:

  • Montreal academic and advocate Marie-Thérèse Chicha;
  • Vancouver family physician and community leader Ruth Elwood Martin;
  • Ottawa legal activist, scholar and educator Sheila McIntyre; and
  • Halifax community leader advocate and volunteer Dee M. Dooley

To read more about the winners, please visit the Famous 5 website here.


  • #OC150 Award, Province of Ontario
  • Mayor’s City Building Award, 2017, City of Ottawa
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
  • Leading Women Building Communities Award, Province of Ontario, 2010
  • Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, Province of Ontario, 2010
  • Judy LaMarsh Woman of Distinction, 1988


  • Second busiest lobbyist in Ottawa, 2014 Maclean's Power Issue
  • Member, City of Ottawa 2017 Committee, 2015 - current
  • Member, Citizens’ Council, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, Ontario, 2015 - current
  • Member, Advisory Board, the Canadian Centre for Progressive Policy, Ottawa, 2014 - current
  • Chair, Famous 5 Ottawa, 1999–current
  • International Election Observer & Trainer, 2002 – current (Lebanon, Albania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Trillium Foundation, 2004–2010
  • Juror, Governor General’s Persons’ Case Awards, 1998–2003
  • Chair, Community Advisory Committee, The Ottawa Hospital, 1999–2003
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Ottawa Hospital, 1998–2001
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, 1988–1998
  • Founding Director, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, 1994-2000
  • Secretary, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, 1992 - 1997