Recognition Awards 2020

October 8 2020

Many health service providers, community groups and individuals are committed to improving access and equity to French language health services. Since 2017, the Réseau recognizes the contribution of its partners in improving access and equity of French language health services by presenting Recognition awards. We wish to congratulate all the nominees and their contribution toward improving French language services.

For more information regarding the Réseau’s Recognition Awards, visit the Recognition Awards‘ page.


Recognition Award for the Community

This recognition award is given to a community group or engaged individual who works extensively with the Réseau to improve access and equity to French language health services.

Jessica Torrence from Sault Ste. Marie 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.

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.

Lydia Shea-Allard, Coordinator of Recreation and Leisure Programming and Kim Pelkman, Manager of Therapeutic Services are accepting the award for the Pionner Manor in Sudbury.

Pioneer Manor is a Long Term Care Home in Greater Sudbury with 433 residents, of which, approximately 30% are Francophone. The Réseau, partnered with other Francophone community organizations, collaborated with the Manor on the development and implementation of the “Je suis francophone / I am Francophone” project. The Pioneer Manor’s best practices of French language services implemented through this project, are often shared with other providers, are highlighted in our culturally appropriate care video series, will be presented in our upcoming training modules and will be posted on our online best practice database. We recognize and are grateful for your leadership in providing quality French language health services and we are delighted to continue working with you to improve access and equity to culturally appropriate care for Francophones.