Board of Directors

Board Composition

(Updated September 2020)

According to its Rules and Regulations, Entité 2 must have at least 7 members on its Board, with a maximum of 12. Please fin below the composition of our Board for 2020-21:

1. France VaillancourtChair - HNHB
2. Denise CarterVice-chair - WW
3. Jean-Rock BoutinSecretary - HNHB
4. Suzette HafnerTreasurer - WW
5. Malika Attou, Director - HNHB (pending biography)
6. Jean Gacinya, Director - HNHB
7. Nya Njeuga, Director - HNHB
8. Célestin Nkulu, Director - HNHB (pending biography)


France Vaillancourt
France Vaillancourt was born in Hearst in Northern Ontario. She joined the Board of directors of the Entity in September 2017. France holds the Executive Director position at Community Living Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln since July 2017. Prior, she was the Assistant Executive Director at the Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara (CSCHN) from 2012-2017. Before re-orienting her career in the not-for-profit world, France worked for the Ontario government for 15 years in different front line and management roles. She worked as a Probation & Parole officer with both adults and youth. She then moved to the Ministry of the Attorney General where she worked as a Program Supervisor for the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat before becoming the Manager of the French Language Institute for Professional Development with the Office of Coordinator of French Language Services. Her last government position was as the Area Manager of the Hamilton Centre Probation and Parole Office. « back to top »

Denise Carter
Denise Carter is a retired national bilingual CUPE representative. Denise graduated from Conestoga College as part of the Early Childhood Education program and was a Home Child Care caseworker for the Waterloo Region for 15 years. She was hired as a CUPE representative in 1999 and held this position until 2016. As a representative, she mainly represented Francophone members of the French language schoolboards in Southern Ontario as well as those of a francophone long-term care home. She is an active member of the local community who has served on many boards. In addition to being the vice-president of the Entity, she currently sits on the Board of Directors of Langs Community Health and Wellness Center in Cambridge. « back to top »

Jean-Rock Boutin
Jean-Rock Boutin holds a master’s Degree in social work from Laval University. He has more than thirty years of experience as Bilingual Social Worker in Ontario and Québec. He has been involved since 1992 in the Health, Social and Community sectors with Francophone minority communities, for the most part, and with marginalized populations such as seniors, Immigrants, LGBTQ people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Jean-Rock has also held many volunteer positions with local, regional and provincial francophone and bilingual health organizations. He is among the founders of FrancoQueer and Action positive VIH/SIDA, an AIDS Service organization in Toronto. « back to top »

Suzette Hafner
Originally from Montreal, Suzette has been living in Ontario for 48 years. She studied at the University of Montreal and the School of Public Administration (ÉNAP). She taught in private colleges, and later taught French as a second language to federal officials and the military before moving on to administration positions. She finished her career as the Director of Language Training and Testing at the Ministry of National Defense. She has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo for 7 years, where she became involved with the Association des Francophones in Kitchener-Waterloo, including 4 years as their president. I wanted to get involved with the board of Entité 2 to work, in collaboration with my fellow board members, to advance issues that are important to me. « back to top »

Jean Gacinya

Originally from Rwanda, adopted by this other dear nation Canada, married and father of two children, fervent fan of soccer, lover of comics and drawing in his spare time.
Adept of Christian existentialism - "Existential despair leads the individual to the awareness of the nature of God", Karl Barth.
After training in economics and a brilliant career in accounting services, joined the CMB - AMI International group, world leader in the intermodal transport industry, as Sales Delegate.
Acquired a solid expertise of over 17 years in investment funds and financial planning with AIC Funds, Berkshire and Manulife Securities.
A strong defender of human rights, and more particularly a supporter of the promotion and protection of minorities.
Chaired the Rwandan-Canadian Community of Hamilton for 7 years. Recipient of several decorations awarded by Hamilton Police Service as a community leader. Is a Member of the Hamilton Police Citizens' Advisory Committee. « Back to top »

Nya Njeuga

Mr. Njeuga comes to us from the education sector in which he has worked for more than 15 years. He studied mathematics and physics in Cameroon and Switzerland. Mr. Njeuga joined us with an expertise in community issues since he sat on the local executive committee and the board of directors of AEFO before joining Entité 2. He has worked on the Viamonde francophone schoolboard for 8 years, where he alternately held the positions of mathematics teachers and teaching advisor on secondment to the CFORP. Mr. Njeuga now occupies the position of principal at Georges-P.-Vanier Secondary School. « Back to top »