Determined to make a difference in her community, Isabelle Thériault is a multi-talented woman who, from an early age, has managed to make her mark in many fields of activity. She currently serves as the policy advocate for the department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries.
Nothing is ever left to chance in Isabelle’s life. She has long made her choice to live in the Acadian Peninsula. Originally from Shippagan, she lived there all her youth. Her parents, also from the region (her mother from Inkerman Ferry, and her father from Anse-Bleue), taught her the importance of getting involved in her community and to give back as much as she receives. She decided fifteen years ago to settle in Caraquet, an area that “inspires her and allows her to achieve her ambitions”.
Although she is known as a musician, it is above all her entrepreneurial skills and her strong sense of organization that give her the exceptional qualities that have served her so well in her young career.
After three years of studying music at the Université de Moncton, Isabelle soon made a name for herself in the entertainment world as one of the few female musical directors in Atlantic Canada. She leads numerous projects on the national and international scene.
Her talent also takes her to act as emcee, coach, columnist, editor, planner, judge and more! Note her impressive participation, first with “Les Muses” and later in the musical revue Ode à l’Acadie, with whom she performed more than 1000 shows. Isabelle has toured Canada, the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia and is a proud ambassador for the Acadian region.
While music seems to take up much of her time, it is important to know that alongside her musical career, Isabelle has demonstrated herself as an ambitious and gifted entrepreneur. For eight years, she has directed the Académie Isabelle Thériault, a music school that has become renowned for allowing many artists from the Acadian Peninsula to achieve excellence. Isabelle is also founder and co-owner of the bistro La Brôkerie, an establishment that is well recognized in the New Brunswick tourism industry.
Among the many recognition awards she has received in the arts (3 Éloizes, 2 MNB, 1 ECMA, 1 JUNO nomination), the Acadian Peninsula’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award, which she received in 2013, makes her the most proud.
Already impressive, you will say; however, above all this work, Isabelle makes time to get involved in her community. She is president of Centre-Ville Caraquet, vice-president of the Cultural Commission of Caraquet, she conducts the Falabella Choir in the Peninsula, and participates in the activities of many organizations in the region.
In 2016, she accepted to become head of the Festival Acadien and succeeded, with a renewed team, to revitalize the event. The obvious success of the 2017 edition of the Festival confirms her talent for leading a team and moving things forward.
With a strong personality and a particular ease in expressing herself in public, Isabelle knows how to listen as well as she can speak. An extraordinary dynamic leadership ability that is only beginning to impress us!