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 18 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’s potential. Being a talented artist, he knows how to win people’s hearts, an essential factor for changing attitudes. Apart from representing Défi sportif AlterGo, Jean-Marie Lapointe assists youth who struggle with drugs or who have eating disorders. He also works in palliative care with youth and their families. Jean-Marie is also passionately vocal when it comes to making the reality of homeless people be known. He is a dynamic ambassador for social inclusion in all its aspects.
Hugo Girard has been a special guest at Défi sportif AlterGo for three consecutive years, including two as ambassador. 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 for 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”.
Frédérique Dufort is a well-known Quebec actress and author who for several years appeared on screen in multiple series. Her roles in “Tactik” from 2008 to 2013 and in “Unité 9” from 2012 to 2015 were pivotal in propelling her acting career. Having a brother who is on the autism spectrum disorder, 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. She also published “Fais-le pour toi pendant 365 jours” in 2018 and “Miss Parfaite” in 2019.
Actor Patrice Godin is well-known for his roles in “Le 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.