November 2020

MONTREAL, November 16, 2020 – Fraser Hickson is pleased to announce that Celine Cooper will assume the role of President and Chair of the Board, effective January 1, 2021.

Cooper is the Managing Director of the Consortium of English-language CEGEPs, Colleges and Universities of Quebec based at Bishop’s University. A former columnist with the Montreal Gazette and politics editor at The Canadian Encyclopedia, Celine’s work has been published in some of Canada’s most widely read policy publications, popular and international media. She appears frequently as a political analyst on television and radio public affairs programs in Quebec. She is a member and former chairperson of the board of directors for The Association for Canadian Studies. She holds degrees from Queen’s University and York University, and is a part-time instructor at Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs.

Celine will be taking over from outgoing President and Chair, Nicholas Hoare. Nicholas owned and operated a chain of lovingly curated bookstores in Canada for many years, including the renowned Nicholas Hoare bookstore on Greene Ave. in Westmount.

Helen Fortin, CEO of Fraser Hickson, extends her deep gratitude to Nicholas for his commitment to early childhood literacy and expresses great excitement at Celine’s appointment. “With her exceptional track record in academia and the press, as well as her deep commitment to early literacy development through innovative library programmes, Celine is ideally positioned to lead the board. She is a team-oriented leader with a passion for personal connection. As a current board member, she has already proven to be a great fit!”

Celine Cooper “In our increasingly complex world, there is a genuine need to foster early literacy skills among children. It’s an honour to accept the mantle of president of the governing board. I’m deeply grateful to Nicholas Hoare for his dedication and leadership in this role over the years. As Fraser Hickson continues to evolve, I look forward to working with Helen Fortin and the whole team to promote a love of reading, books and community connection through this beloved Montreal institution.”

Cooper is taking charge as Fraser Hickson’s much acclaimed project continues to expand its mission to raise literacy levels by empowering partners to instill in children a life-long love of reading and learning from birth and to enable free access to books and animation services.

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