1. Melinda Chartrand, Chair - WW
2. Jean-Rock Boutin, Secretary - HNHB
3. Suzette Hafner, Treasurer - WW
4. Debbie Beaudoin, Director - HNHB
5. Patricia Béretta, Director - WW
6. Thomas Gallezot, Director - WW
7. Winnie Muchuba, Director - HNHB
Born, Melinda Marie Murphy, in St Catharines to Irish and French parents, I was blessed to be part of two cultures and to have married a French speaking teacher from Noelville. We have two amazing daughters who both work in the French community, one is a teacher in the French Catholic school board and the second is in family medicine in Orléans and at the Montfort hospital. For 40 years, our family has always been active in various Francophone communities, cultural, educational, immigration and health organizations. Retired from various Francophone positions within the Ministry of Transportation, I continue to devote my time and energy to promoting the Francophone community in the Niagara region. I wear many hats on various organizations such as the CSC Mon Avenir – school counselor for 20 years, vice-president at the reception center for newcomers Niagara, cultural events, representative of the Center on the AFO board., Secretary on the Board of the St. Catharines Elders' Residence, and now Entité 2. Thus, I believe that all Francophone sectors are linked, and it is an honor for me to represent my region on the Board of the Entity to further improve Francophone health services in Ontario.« back to top »
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 »
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 »
Debbie is a retired French Immersion Teacher. She has spent the majority of her career at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in St. Catharines where she led the French Immersion Department as Program Leader. She is a member of the board of directors for Hospice Niagara and is involved in the expansion of a new bilingual palliative care centre in Welland. She is proud to be part of the French community in Niagara and looks forward to supporting Entité 2 in improving access to quality health services in French. « back to top »
Patricia Beretta has lived in the Kichener-Waterloo region since 2000. She has always sought to contribute to the improvement of health care and the quality of life of all, around her, in her community, and globally.
- Around her, as an Acupuncturist, she supports her clients with an approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of their health, as well as lifestyle.
- In his community, by participating in health care counseling groups. For example, Patricia is part of the Community Council Design Committee of the Ontario Health Team KW4 (Kitchener-Waterloo, Wellesley and Woolwich). Previously, she was a 2017-2020 member of the PFAC (Patient & Family Advisory Committee) for the region's Local Health Services Integration Network. She also provided advice on setting up a telemedicine system dedicated to Francophones in the region through mental health consultations. Patricia was part of the Board at the very beginning of Entité2, in 2011-2013
- Overall: after having obtained in France, her country of origin, a degree in biomedical engineering and a doctoral thesis, Patricia worked for 15 years for international companies in medical imaging and medical informatics. She was also a member of the Council of the National Research Center of Canada.
2022 Social Impact Winner.
Winnie is a Business Development Specialist at JP Morgan Chase &Co.
Winnie cares about human rights. Its cause is to see that Health, the socio-economic development of Franco-Ontarians are within everyone's reach.
An engineer and legal consultant in industrial property in France, Thomas Gallezot immigrated to Canada in 2007. He found his new passion in the field of education, which was a red thread through his jobs at the French Theater of Toronto, in the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre. He holds a Masters in Public Service from the University of Waterloo in 2019 and is currently a Senior Programs Manager at the Ontario Legal Education Network. Thomas is very involved in the Franco-Ontarian community, first in Toronto where he resided for 13 years and in Guelph where he lives today with his wife Lauren and daughter Amélie.
Thomas Gallezot, B.Eng., LL.M., Master of Public Service
Program manager @ Ontario Justice Education Network