The Franco-American of the Year award is given out each year to a person who has distinguished himself or herself by example and action as a leader in the Franco-American community.

The recipient is recognized based upon demonstrated successes including, but not limited to:

Contribution to French life in NH, through promotion of French language, culture and heritage
Contribution to the larger community, either local or regional, through civic involvement and engagement

The recipient embodies the celebrated values of Franco-American heritage:

Work Ethic
Community Spirit

The honor is usually awarded based upon the recipient’s contributions over a period of years. In certain situations, the award may be given based upon some exemplary accomplishment during a more limited period of time.


2022 Franco-American of the Year


The Franco-American Centre is proud to present the 2022 Franco-American of the Year award to Timothy Beaulieu for his outstanding work with the local Franco-American community.


La famille Beaulieu
Brady, Timothy, Laura & Adeline


Timothy Beaulieu

Timothy Beaulieu grew up in the North End of Nashua in a time of transition for Franco-Americans. Timothy was not immersed in the language and culture like many past Franco-Americans of the Year. He was largely unaware of the culture until his mid-20s. He was inspired to get more involved after spending afternoons driving his grandfather around to run errands. These conversations were an inspiration to him.

Timothy got involved with the Franco-American Centre (FAC) in 2014. Since that time, he has been involved in many Franco-American Centre programs and committees including serving as a trustee from 2015-2021. Beyond his involvement on the board, he chaired the FAC Program Committee, established the FAC YouTube channel and initiated the Euclide Gilbert Foundation French language video contest. Most recently, he was a contributing author to the book “French All Around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States”

Timothy is perhaps best known for his work establishing and growing NH PoutineFest, an FAC signature event and the largest celebration of the Québecois dish, poutine, in the United States. The event is designed to appeal to a broad range of people and expand Franco-American culture in New Hampshire. The event has raised funds to support the Franco-American Centre’s mission since 2016.

Congratulations to Timothy and thank you for your dedication and passion for Franco-American heritage!

Lauréats Passés – Past recipients

2021 Mme Aurore Dionne Eaton
2020 (Pas de célébration)
2019 Mme Doris Irène Proulx
2018 Mme Josée Vachon
2017 M. Maurice Demers
2016 M. et Mme Raymond et Pauline Houle
2015 Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix
2014 Mme Marie Raiche
2013 M. et Mme Emile et Suzanne Tetu
2012 M. Robert Perreault
2011 Hon. Thomas De Blois
2010 M. Roger Lacerte
2009 Mme Angele L. Côté
2008 M. Walter J. Parenteau
2007 Hon. Arman Capistran
2006 Msgr. Charles Desruisseaux
2005 M. Robert E. Raiche Sr.
2004 M. Réal Gilbert
2003 M. Edmond Girard
2002 Mme Rolande Villemure
2002 M. Ovide M. Lamontagne
2001 Mme Gloria Pilotte
2000 M. Richard Boucher
1999 M. Andre Martel
1998 M. Roger W. Lawrence
1997 Mme Adele Boufford Baker
1996 M. Raymond Côté
1995 Dr. Sylvio Dupuis
1994 M. Richard Charpentier
1993 M. Maurice Pilotte
1992 Soeur Doris Bernier, P.M.
1991 Mme Simone T. Binette
1990 M. Robert Jobin
1989 M. et Mme Theodore et Marie Cusson
1988 Mlle Bernadette Benard
1987 M. Joseph Maltais
1986 M. Gérard Villemure
1985 (Pas de célébration)
1984 Dr. Robert Beaudoin
1983 Mme Georgette Jean