Longtime York University faculty member and esteemed poet, novelist and essayist Hedi Bouraoui has been recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada. Bouraoui is among the 105 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced on June 28 by Governor General of Canada Julie Payette.
The new member list includes three Companions (C.C.), 20 Officers (O.C.) and 82 Members (C.M.). There were nine individuals with connections to York University appointed to the Order of Canada. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
Bouraoui is currently the writer-in-residence in York University’s Department of French Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS). His first role with York University was the coordinator of French in the former Division of Literatures and Language Training. There, he developed the Créaculture program, which was widely adopted in North America.
Bouraoui also served two terms (10 years) as master of Stong College, where he created the college identity of “transculturalism.” He then moved on to chair the French Department for five years. In 2002, he founded the Canada-Maghreb Centre at York, which focuses on Maghrebian and Franco-Ontarian literatures. It is the only centre of its kind in Canada.