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Members of the Ordre

Regardless of their sphere of activity, members of the Ordre de Montréal share the same commitment to excellence. These exceptional men and women contribute to making our world a better place and inspire pride in all Montrealers.

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Arlette Cousture

Great Montrealer
1996, cultural category

Arlette Cousture practised a number of professions before devoting her time to writing. Her storytelling talents have won over huge audiences both at home and abroad.

Arlette Cousture’s talent for fiction, her gift for creating likeable characters and her honed sense of rhythm infused Les Filles de Caleb (1.5 million copies sold in the French-speaking world) and Ces enfants d’ailleurs, two works later adapted for television. At the beginning of 2012, she published Petals’ Pub, set in late-19th-entury Montréal. In all of her books, Arlette Cousture comments on the importance of women in the history of Quebec. One of her current causes is young people with intellectual disabilities.

Arlette Cousture was named a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 2012.

Arlette Cousture was inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers in the Cultural category in 1995 and was named a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal in 2016.


Source: Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Ordre national du Québec

The picture and biographical information appearing on this page were current at the time this person was admitted to the Academy of Great Montrealers.