Bernard Poulin donates personal book collection to Collège Boréal

Bernard Poulin donates personal book collection to Collège Boréal

Bernard Poulin, internationally renowned artist, donates personal book collection to Collège Boréal

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – Sudbury – Collège Boréal

A reception was held at Collège Boréal’s Sudbury campus today in honour of renowned artist Bernard Poulin who donated an impressive 533-book collection to the college’s library, Centre de ressources Alphonse-Desjardins.

Bernard Poulin is an internationally recognized painter, sculptor, muralist and author. His subjects range from prominent members of the world’s political and royal elite to corporate leaders, artistic, sports, and religious figures. His murals can be can be found in the lobbies of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society. One of his bronze and marble sculptures is on display at the Solange Karsh Center for Medical Research.

Dedicated to the process of drawing, Poulin is the author of 11 books, including The Complete Colored Pencil Book published in 1992 which sold more than 75,000 copies in its first edition. The French translation, Le crayon de couleur, was published in Paris in 1995. In 2011, the Assemblée parlementaire de la francophonie conferred upon Mr. Poulin the title of chevalier (knight) of the Ordre de la Pléiade in recognition of his contribution to the visual arts and the French language and culture.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1945, Mr. Poulin currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the husband of the Honourable Marie-Paule Charette-Poulin, former Senator, and the father of two adult daughters, Elaine and Valérie.

The collection of books donated today contains Mr. Poulin’s personal comments and notes. Community members can consult these resources on-site at the college’s Sudbury campus. Collège Boréal’s School of Arts offers the Art Fundamentals and General Arts and Science programs at its Sudbury and Toronto campuses.



“This is a remarkable gift for our institution and we are very grateful to Mr. Poulin for entrusting us with this impressive collection. The books will provide tremendous support for our art programs and I am confident these documents will be appreciated by many students in the years to come.”

Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal

“Having a passion for the arts and the sustainability of the French-speaking community, I am proud to share my books with Franco-Ontarian students through Collège Boréal. These resources will contribute to the success of our future artists and I am thrilled!”

Bernard Aimé Poulin, Canadian Artist and Author

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Since 1995, over 116,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 60 articulation agreements with other postsecondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in four out of the five areas surveyed! Out of all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate, and employment rate in the province. Moreover, 93.8% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!


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