A spokesperson of the Défi sportif AlterGo for 20 years, Senator Chantal Petitclerc embodies determination, commitment and perseverance. Her capacity to overcome obstacles and discipline led her to receive 21 Paralympic medals, including 14 gold medals, throughout her athletic career. She is a source of inspiration for students as well as business leaders. Her conferences on motivation show her desire to promote everyone’s ability to tackle obstacles and follow their dreams. Chantal Peticlerc is a world-class ambassador for the promotion of justice and equality for all. She constantly works to ensure that the rights of people with functional limitations are respected, and that they are able to go beyond their limits and fully develop their potential.
A spokesperson of the Défi sportif AlterGo for 17 years, Jean-Marie Lapointe has motivated hundreds of young athletes with functional limitations. He uses his communication skills to shine a light on disabled people. Being a talented artist, he knows how win the hearts of people. It is an excellent way to change attitudes! Apart from representing Défi sportif AlterGo, Jean-Marie Lapointe assists youth who struggle to quit drugs or who live with eating disorders. He also works in palliative care with youth and their families. Jean-Marie is also vocal when it comes to the reality of homeless people. He is a dynamic ambassador for social inclusion in all its aspects.
Frédérique Dufort is a well-known Quebec actress and author. For several years, she has appeared on screen in multiple roles. Her role in the series Tactik from 2008 to 2013 and Unité 9 from 2012 to 2015 were the pivotal roles which propelled her acting career. Her brother has an autism spectrum disorder, so she was introduced at an early age to the realities of children with functional limitations. Her daily experience with these differences led her to want to help everyone who needs to be accepted and valued, while being treated equally. “Fais-le pour toi”, her first book published in the summer of 2017, is a guide filled with advice, a book that meets her generation’s needs, but above all, a tool to encourage young and old to believe in themselves and accept their differences. Further issues are expected in 2018 and 2019.
Hugo Girard has been a special guest at Défi sportif AlterGo for three consecutive years. He has always been passionate about sports. At a young age, he committed to powerlifting. During his athletic career, he won many titles, including Canadian champion from 1999 to 2004 and North American champion in 2001 and 2002. Hugo continues to promote the benefits of training and excelling oneself by giving conferences throughout Quebec. For many years, he has been the spokesperson of BMR. He is also the host of several TV shows, such as “À vos risques et périls”, “Les Rénos d’Hugo” and “BBQ Non Stop”.
Patrice Godin, also an actor, is well-known for his roles in 7e Round, Providence, Destinées, La Marraine and Blue Moon. He authored “Territoires Inconnus”, a story about running, and “Boxer la nuit”, a novel. He is a passionate runner and has participated in many ultramarathons over distances ranging from 50 to 335 kilometres since the late 2000s. Sport is now an integral part of his life and it is with great pleasure that he takes part in Défi sportif AlterGo as ambassador for the 2019 edition.