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Réseau’s Recognition Awards

Réseau’s Recognition Awards

Many health service providers, community groups and individuals work hard to improve access and equity to French language health services. The Réseau’s recognition awards are a way of thanking our partners for their contribution.

Submit a Nomination

Individuals and providers from Northern Ontario, including staff and Board members of the Réseau can submit a nomination for the Recognition Awards.

Recognition Award for a Health Service Provider

This award is given to a health service provider who makes considerable efforts to improve access and equity to French language health services.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have collaborated with the Réseau in the last year.
  • Have made considerable efforts to improve access and equity to French language health services in the last year.
  • Be funded totally or partially by Ontario Health, the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care;
  • Provide services to Northern Ontario.
  • Be a member of the Réseau or a partner organization.


Recognition Award for a Partnership

This award is given to a community organization or educational institution that collaborates with the Réseau to improve the well-being of the Francophone community in Northern Ontario.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have collaborated with the Réseau to improve the well-being of the Francophone community in Northern Ontario in the last year.
  • Provide services to Northern Ontario.
  • Be a member of the Réseau.


Recognition Award for a Volunteer

This new award recognizes the efforts and commitment of a community volunteer group or individual who has contributed to the vitality of the Francophone community.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have contributed to the vitality and well-being of the Francophone community in Northern Ontario in the last year.
  • Reside or be active in Northern Ontario.
  • Be a member of the Réseau.
  • Not be a member of the Board of Directors or employed by the Réseau.


2023 Recipients

Nicole Beaudry

Nicole Beaudry is a retired nurse and volunteers her time to a multitude of organizations where she acts as an advocate for the Francophonie. She has given her time to the Family Council of Au Château long-term care home, FARFO, the Université du troisième âge de Sudbury, the Club d’âge d’or de la Vallée de la région du Grand-Sudbury, the Initiative francophone des communautés ontariennes francophones facilitant la recherche équitable (IF-COFFRE), the North East Family Councils Network, and the Réseau francophone des Conseils de familles Ontario (RFCFO). Nicole’s involvement and leadership within the Réseau francophone des conseils des familles de l’Ontario enabled them to obtain a grant to hire a consultant to support its growth and activities, which aim to help Francophone family caregivers access support, share knowledge and make new connections, all in French.

As a caregiver for 6 years, Nicole has given tremendous support to the cause of French-language health services for long-term care residents and their caregivers. Now post-caregiving, Nicole hopes to continue volunteering with French-speaking organizations.


Université de Hearst

For several years now, there has been a growing shortage of certified mental health workers. In addition, the incidence of mental health problems is on the rise and the resources available to help people suffering from these problems are limited.

Faced with this reality, in 2021-2022 the Université de Hearst developed and implemented the Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, a post-graduate university program based on the competency profile of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Following changes to the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, membership in an authorized college such as the College of Psychotherapists is now required to practise as a psychotherapist. The graduate diploma in psychotherapy was recognized in July 2021 by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Thanks to this program, the Université de Hearst is making a major contribution to improving the delivery of mental health services in French in Northern Ontario.


Services de santé de Chapleau Health Services

The Services de santé de Chapleau Health Services is an integrated health care provider encompassing a hospital, a long-term care home, a mental health and addictions program, an apartment complex for seniors, home and community support services, a medical centre in Chapleau and a nursing station in Foleyet.

Designated under the French Language Services Act, the visibility of their French-language services is evident. On their logo, a plant with three leaves reflects the three main cultures: English, French and First Nations. The stem of the logo depicts the letters “H” and “S” for the words “health” and “santé”. At the long-term care home, activities reflect the Francophone culture in its celebrations of Francophone days, music and French-Canadian recipes.

The francophone lens is applied by both the General Manager, who sits on several Northern Region planning tables, and her management staff as part of their planning work.


2022 Recipients

Mathilde Gravel Bazinet

Mathilde is a Franco-Ontarian woman who is very involved in the health care field in the Nipissing region. She saw her greatest wish come true in 2017 with the announcement of the construction of a hospice for the residents of the Nipissing and East Parry Sound region. In 2020 the Nipissing Serenity Hospice was born. The journey has been challenging on all levels, including the application for designation as a hospice. Although she has encountered strong resistance regarding the designation of the hospice, Mathilde continues to advocate for the importance of offering services in French. She will continue to work for the designation of the hospice because she believes in the importance of equitable service for Francophones in the region.

NOSM University

NOSM University’s commitment to the Francophonie is ongoing and is reflected in the work being done on an equity and inclusion strategy. Over the past ten years, the University has made great strides in building a culture of equity and inclusion that aims to ensure the training of future physicians who are able to practice in Northern Ontario communities. Active offer is also an integral part of the University’s culture. The University recognizes that this is just the beginning and wishes to continue to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to Francophones and Northern communities.

Porcupine Health Unit

The Porcupine Health Unit has shown exemplary leadership during the pandemic. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Health Unit made sure to deliver its communications and publications in French. 73 members of their staff participated in the presentation on the importance of active offer and other staff have access to the recording of this presentation at any time and as of April 1st, 2022, this presentation is mandatory and part of the orientation for all new staff. Congratulations!

2020 Recipients

Association francophone de Red Lake (AFRL)

Through the use of social media, the AFRL was able to raise awareness about their organization and share information on their activities, not only in Red Lake but also in the North West.  They have created a strong partnership with the community and the Francophone population. Congratulations to the members of the Association francophone de Red Lake for their engagement towards the Francophonie.


The ability of Centr’Elles to adapt during the pandemic, their collaboration with their partners and their continuous efforts to assist Francophone women and the most vulnerable had a positive impact on the Francophone community of Thunder Bay and the North-West. Congratulations to Rose Viel, Executive Director and her team. They were able to adapt quickly to the pandemic to reach Francophones.

2019 Recipients

Pierre Bélanger de Timmins

Récipiendaire du Prix de reconnaissance communautaire, Pierre Bélanger est un enseignant à la retraite membre fondateur du Centre de santé communautaire francophone de Timmins. Il a travaillé d’arrache-pied pendant plus de 30 ans afin que la communauté de Timmins obtienne le Centre de santé communautaire. Il a fait et continue de faire une différence dans la communauté francophone de la région de Timmins en constatant les besoins et défis en santé en français.

Jessica Torrence from Sault Ste. Marie

Jessica was the President of the Board of Directors of the Centre francophone de Sault-Ste-Marie from September 2017 to September 2020. She is recognized in the community by her hard work to promote the well-being and culture of Francophones and Francophiles in the region. Jessica is a young special education technician and teacher at École publique Écho-des-Rapides. She is also studying full time to obtain her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Jessica demonstrates real teamwork and initiative on matters related to the advancement of health of Francophones. Her openness has resulted in a solid partnership between the Centre Francophone and the Réseau.

2018 Recipients

Récipiendaires 2018

Monique Lapalme de Sudbury

Le prix de reconnaissance communautaire a été est remis à Madame Monique Lapalme, membre de la communauté de Sudbury. Madame Lapalme a œuvré pendant plusieurs années auprès de la communauté francophone. Elle est une personne très respectée auprès des organismes et des communautés francophones, ainsi que des fournisseurs des services de santé dans le Nord-Est. Elle n’a jamais cessé de croire dans un accès équitable aux services de santé en français et a continué tout au long de sa carrière d’innover afin d’encourager les fournisseurs à bien desservir leur clientèle francophone.

Maison McCulloch Hospice de Sudbury

Le prix de reconnaissance pour un fournisseur a été remis à La Maison McCulloch qui travaille sans arrêt à perfectionner l’offre et la qualité de ses services en français. La culture organisationnelle y est parfaitement bilingue, ce qui témoigne de leur engagement à la satisfaction de leur clientèle et des familles.

2017 Recipients

Hélène Miller de Kirkland Lake et
Centre régional des sciences de la santé de Thunder Bay