Editor of Journal L’Envol retires
Local newspaper sold to new publishing group
Reuel S. Amdur
After 29 years, Nicole Thibodeau has washed clean her ink-stained fingers and taken her retirement from then world of small-town journalism. She started L’Envol as a monthly in September, 1991, becoming bi-weekly in 2005. Thibodeau last put the paper to bed in January after the paper was bought by InMédia, a group of newspaper workers formerly with Transcontinental. Over the years she expanded the geographical area served, beyond just Val-des-Monts. At this point, the paper also serves La Pêche, Chelsea, Cantley, and L’Ange Gardien.
Thibodeau began writing when she was 21, living with her husband on Montreal’s south shore. He wanted to write about sports but was not able to express himself well. She gave life to his feelings, at first writing in his name. Then she started writing in her own name. Thibodeau had a wider vision of newspaper work, moving to layout. Calling herself an artist, she found layout of particular interest.
One thing pushing her to move on retirement now was the isolation she felt during the COVID-19 pandemic. She found herself virtually alone. Now she will find more time for family and friends and nurturing her artistic sensibilities. She hopes to take courses in painting.
In addition to being the owner and editor of L’Envol, she also served as president of the local business association and was involved in arranging a golf tournament in La Pêche.
Marc Carrière, warden of the MRC des-Collines-de-l’Outaouais, gave his accolades to her on her retirement. “Entrepreneurs like Madam Thibodeau contribute to the growth and élan of our region. We recognize her years of passion and perseverance.”