Suzanne Pinel c.m. has had a distinguished career as a teacher, artist-performer and counselor, focusing her energies on helping children. A graduate of the University of Ottawa in Science (Nursing) and Public Health she taught child development at the School of Nursing at the Ottawa General Hospital and music therapy at Algonquin College. She also initiated and participated in numerous conferences and workshops on the effect of music and creativity on child development. She has developed and led music programs on behalf of such organizations as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Outaouais-Hull School Commission, and the University of Ottawa and Laurentian University’s Faculties of Education.
Suzanne Pinel is probably best known for her work in television and the arts. Her popular children’s series, Marie-Soleil, (145 episodes) has entertained children for two decades on both English and French television networks. She has released 15 albums and 4 videocassettes, along with educational materials for schools. Ms. Pinel has co-authored an educational music program for primary schools: Musique s’il vous plaît, and has composed 90 songs for Dimoitou, an educational program for the teaching of French as a second language.
She was an active member of several boards of administration and has participated in numerous events and telethons to raise awareness on behalf of organizations such as: Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Child and youth Friendly Ottawa, YTV Kid’s Help Telephone Line, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Easter Seals Foundation, Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada Blood Services, Ottawa Children’s Aid Society, Say No to Drugs, Canada’s Children/Canada’s Future, Montfort’s Hospital Foundation, Children’s Vaccination Awareness Program.
Suzanne Pinel has been honored by numerous organizations for her commitment to community service. She was awarded the Graham Spry Award from ACTRA, two gold CAN-PRO awards for excellence in children’s programming and the Escarbot Award presented by Communications Canada for her exceptional contributions in cultural community activities. She was named a Woman of Vision by the Association of Franco-Ontarian Teachers, is a recipient of the President’s Prize from the Ontario Medical Association for her work to improve community health, and is a provincial and regional ambassador for UNICEF. She was awarded a Commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the Queen's Jubilee Medal. In 2001, she was a recipient of a Community Builder Award. Ms. Pinel is Honorary Chair of the first National Bell Kids Helphone Walk.
In February 2003 Ms. Pinel received the IODE Citizenship Award, in May 2003 she was the recipient of the Retired Teachers of Ontario Award for Service to Youth. In June 2003 Ms. Pinel was recognized by l'Association nationale des services à la petite enfance for her life time commitment to children's well being.