Privileged to have had a maternal grandfather loyal to Riel and renowned for her storytelling talents in Métis history, Paulette naturally took an interest in her heritage and the history of Manitoba made famous by her great-grandmother’s brother, Louis Riel.
Continuing a family tradition, Paulette has been involved since 2008 with the country’s oldest Métis organization founded in 1887, the Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba, and is in her third year as president. Paulette has also been an employee of the Great West Life Insurance Company for nearly 25 years, working in claims.
When time permits, she returns to the passion of her youth, that of a theatre actress. Her last role was the portrayal of the mother of the author Gabrielle Roy, a monologue that was presented in the house itself which today is a museum. It is also in Saint-Boniface at Cercle Molière, the oldest theatre in Canada in operation since 1925 that Paulette met her husband Denis Duguay.
After 44 years of marriage, 5 children, 10 grandchildren and the whole family in good health, she only has gratitude and optimism for the goodness of life.