Community leaders

Tania Charron

Considered an exceptional colleague, visionary and ally by everyone who has had the chance to work with her, Tania Charron has been instrumental in revealing the hidden problem of homelessness among West Island youth.

Jean Panet-Raymond

For 12 years, the Table de concertation Vivre Saint-Michel en santé has relied on the natural leadership skills of Jean Panet-Raymond, who builds on citizen action to improve living conditions in Saint-Michel—an approach that is definitely getting results!

Natalie Chapman

Natalie Chapman worked for the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (WIAIH) for more than 20 years before retiring a few months ago as its Executive Director. 

Valérie Fortier

Valérie Fortier has worked for the Association québécoise des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale (AQPAMM) for nearly three years.

Pierre G. Cartier

Pierre G. Cartier, who has a deep motivation for collective well-being, demonstrates inspiring leadership as the executive director of Corporation de L’Étincelle in Saint-Henri.

Caroline Langevin

Since Caroline Langevin became its executive director, Corporation L’Espoir has become an even bigger beacon of hope.

Pierre Gaudreau

Pierre Gaudreau has been at the helm of the RAPSIM for 12 years. During this time, he has used his many skills to do everything he can to defend the rights of the homeless...

Davis Paradis-Lapointe

David Paradis-Lapointe lives for big challenges. Two years after starting as Executive Director of Camp familial Saint-Urbain, he has truly succeeded in rejuvenating this agency.

Manon Rousseau

Manon Rousseau has been working in the field of community and social development for more than 25 years. She is the founder and executive director of the Centre communautaire Val-Martin.

Christine Fortin

Helping vulnerable dads is Christine Fortin's call to arms. And in barely five years, she has realized a crazy dream to fill a void by creating a Quebec network of resources for fathers and children who are experiencing a crisis.

Daphné Mailloux-Rousseau

Since she began her position in 2011 as Executive Director, Daphné Mailloux-Rousseau has been a driver of true growth for this only agency in the Sud-Ouest territory that fights to keep students from dropping out of school.

Patrice Machabée

A visionary leader, Patrice Machabée has capitalized on his strengths to make ALPABEM one of Quebec’s key stakeholders in mental health.

Benoit Langevin

Benoit Langevin has been with West Island Youth Action (AJOI) since day one. Moving from community worker to clinical supervisor and now Executive Director of the agency...

Marie-Lyne Brunet

Marie-Lyne Brunet knows Je Passe Partout like the back of her hand. She has become a true ambassador for academic perseverance in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Jacques Baillargeon

Prompted by a great aversion to social inequality, Jacques Baillargeon, a resident of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood, set out 25 years ago to equip local young adults who are homeless or in difficulty to take charge of their lives.

Veronica Lopez

Veronica Lopez has been working since the mid-1990s with at-risk families in and around CloverdaleThis multicultural district is one of the most marginalized on the West Island. 

Daniel Vézina

Throughout his career, which began in the early 1990s, Daniel Vézina has helped hundreds of disabled people to develop their potential and build their self-confidence and independence.

Vincent de Villiers

Vincent de Villiers is an example of resilience. After being abandoned by his parents, he spent his childhood and teenage years in a psychiatric institution. In 1960, Mr. de Villiers was at the side of Abbot Roger Roy during the creation of the Compagnons de Montréal.

Sylvie Rochette

Sylvie Rochette has headed the Regroupement des Magasins-Partage de l’île de Montréal (RMPIM) since the mid-1990s. During her tenure, the number of share stores on the Island of Montreal has more than doubled, jumping from 15 to 31.

Lorraine Decelles

A model of social commitment, Lorraine Decelles is coordinator of La Maison d’Aurore, a community agency dedicated to organizing self-help networks in the Plateau Mont-Royal district.

Johanne Bélisle

Johanne Bélisle is an exceptional woman who is committed on a daily basis to helping the women of her community. She joined the Women’s Centre of Montreal in 1987 as coordinator of front line services. 

Aïcha Guendafa

Aïcha Guendafa has been serving as executive director of CARI St-Laurent since 2000. After teaching physics at university for nine years in her native Algeria, she moved to France.

Sylvie Rémillard

In 1993, Sylvie Rémillard managed to bring together various social partners and convince them of the need to establish a collective kitchen project in St-Rémi. A few years later, this visionary woman was at the helm of the Centre de solidarité Familial ― Sourire sans faim.

Pierrette Gélineau

Pierrette Gélineau has been promoting the cause of children and families since the early 1970s. She is head of development and founder of the Maison des Enfants de l'île de Montréal, a children's centre.