A Woman of Valour is the biography of Marie-Louise BouchardLabelle, a French-Canadian woman who found love with a priestthirty-three years her senior. Against all social convention, theylived, produced three children, and built a life together after fleeingtheir village. However, after several years together, Bouchard's husbandultimately chose to return to the priesthood, abandoning his family asa result. Through interviews and documentation, Claire Trepanier tellsBouchard's story of survival while highlighting the history ofwomen's stature in Canada, and raising a question about thecelibacy of Catholic priests.
Claire Trepanier lives in Ottawa. Her interest intravel, teaching, and international development led her to participatein the conception and co-creation of the TV series Gensd'ici, Gens d'ailleurs, which aired on TCV Outaouaisfrom September to December 1999. A Woman of Valour is atestimony to her admiration of women's resilience, courage, anddynamic spirit.