Lorraine Diotte is a multidisciplinary artist in the fields of music and writing, dedicated to the betterment of her peers, and especially seniors.
Nicknamed “la Bolduc Acadienne,”* Ms. Diotte has made an exceptional contribution to the regional and national social and cultural heritage.
Educated as a teacher, she has given and continues to give many volunteer hours to different activities in our area, and wherever she goes, she brings joy and pride.
A prolific author and composer, this teacher by training has to her credit around a hundred songs, a total of eight albums, and seven plays.
In 2001, she received the Stompin’ Tom Connors award, given out by the East Coast Music Association, for her body of work.
She also hosted some television shows for a few years, and wrote humourous columns (Polidore) in local weekly publications in the Restigouche region.
Many people say that Ms. Diotte used these different media to decry the injustices and inequalities of society in an attempt to make things better for others, particularly the elderly.
Humour has always occupied a prominent place in the artist's repertoire. Owing, among other things, to her penchant for telling it like it is, her enthusiasm, and her smile, this multidisciplinary artist is very much appreciated wherever she goes.
In addition to her volunteering and her career, Lorraine Diotte has contributed to the development of youth, seniors, and the Acadian culture. This exceptional woman continues to share her enthusiasm on the stage, with her ever-present accordion.
It is for her 50-plus years as a teacher dedicated to educating New Brunswick students, for her volunteering and involvement in various humanitarian and Acadian causes, and for her many artistic contributions that we recognise Lorraine Diotte with the Order of New Brunswick.
* After the celebrated Quebec singer and musician Mary Travers Bolduc, known as “La Bolduc.”