MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 8, 2012) - EVELYN DUMAS, formerly a senior reporter at several major Quebec dailies and policy advisor to René Lévesque, died on June 7, 2012 at 71 years of age following a lengthy illness.
She was recently officially recognised in the Quebec National Assembly as the first woman to work as a reporter in the Assembly's Press Gallery. In 1976, she became the fourth woman to receive the prestigious Prix Olivar-Asselin for her exceptional accomplishments in the field of journalism. She worked as a reporter at the dailies La Presse and Le Devoir, was an editorial writer at the Montreal Star, and Managing Editor of the daily Le Jour and the magazine La Terre de Chez Nous.
Born in St-Georges-de-Malbaie on the Gaspe coast, Evelyn was the daughter of late John William Dumas and Angelina McKoy. She leaves three bereaved and loving sisters Carmel, Patricia and Thérèse.