Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of CAH consists of nine (9) directors elected by the members of the Corporation at the Annual General Meeting. Board members may choose to become involved in one or more of the committees necessary for the good governance of CAH: Executive Management Evaluation Committee, Treasury and Audit Committee, CAH Member Relations Committee, Board of Directors Nominating Committee, Building Committee, Legal and Complaints Committee, and Governance Committee.

Following the 2021 AGM, the Board met to elect a new team. We would like to thank the outgoing members for their much appreciated services: Lawrence Kitoko Lubula, Marek Nesvadba, Claire Prest and Carline Zamar.

The members of the Board of Directors for the year 2021-2022 are:

Colette Raphaël



Colette Raphael, RPh, B.Pharm, BCPP, MHA, CHE, is a pharmacist specialized in psychiatry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Université de Montréal. In addition to the hospital environment, she also has extensive experience in the community, the pharmaceutical industry and the long-term care sector.

Colette holds a certificate of specialization in psychiatric pharmacy from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (American designation). She also holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). She often gives conferences on various topics related to mental health and addiction in both official languages (French and English).  She is particularly interested in popularizing mental health in Francophone communities to increase understanding of mental illness and reduce stigma.

Colette joined the Board of Directors of CAH in the fall of 2016, and took on the role of Secretary in 2018. She is a member of the Board’s Governance Committee and Nominating/Recruitment Committee.


Joyce Irvine



Raised in Burlington, Ontario, Joyce Irvine completed her undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton and her graduate studies at Harvard University in Boston. She holds a master’s degree in French literature and did doctoral work. Now retired, Joyce is a seasoned manager with extensive experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors at the federal, provincial and community levels. After serving as French language services coordinator in several provincial ministries and holding senior positions in community organizations, Joyce worked as a consultant specializing in French language services, official languages, project management and strategic planning. She continues to provide translation and revision services.

Over her career, Joyce has also been a member of several boards of directors (Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario, Reflet Salvéo). Joyce has been a member of CAH since 2010 and a member of its board from 2010 to 2018; she served as board president from 2012 to 2014 and from 2015 to 2017 and sat on several committees. Following a one-year hiatus, she returned as the board secretary in 2019.


Sylvie Lavoie 



Sylvie Lavoie has been a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario since 1992. After studying in the Bahamas and Boca Raton, Florida, she completed a Bachelor of Management degree from York University in 1976. Her experience in accounting, internal audit, accounting systems and operations includes Canadian General Electric, Ultramar Canada and Tupperware Canada. Since 1989, she has been a consultant, helping small and medium-sized businesses choose software, apply it and train staff to manage their own finances. Sylvie Lavoie taught part-time at Seneca College and was Treasurer of the Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club for two years. She currently is the Treasurer of Reflet Salvéo and Toronto Search and Rescue (TSAR).

Sylvie is founder and president of the Fondation Hélène-Tremblay Lavoie Foundation, created in 2010 to help address a critical shortage of long-term care and dementia care for Francophones in the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation is the way to advocate on behalf of Francophones, particularly those in the later stages of their lives, to give them the opportunity to live in French and enjoy a well-deserved quality of life equal to what all Ontariens are entitled to expect.

She was CAH’s Treasurer from 2008 to March 2011 and rejoined the Board of Directors in 2017 where she is currently Chair of the Treasury Committee.


Carmelle Salomon-Labbé



Bio coming soon




Pierre Gravel




Pierre is a graduate of Querbes Academy. He did three years in engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of Montreal. Specialized in management and general administration as well as in marketing and sales, he has worked in several companies involved in the development of graphic arts and software applications. As president, he was responsible for North America for several international companies.

Passionate about protecting the French language for 30 years in Ontario, Pierre has been actively involved in the Francophone Affairs Council. He volunteered as Assistant Commissioner of the Catholic Francophone Scouts of Ontario, and was President of the only Francophone newspaper at the time, Le Courrier Sud.

He has extended his volunteer work in the areas of educational television and multiculturalism. A member of the Club Richelieu for many years, he was president of the Richelieu International Congress held in Toronto. He was also President of La Société St Vincent de Paul for 10 years and Chairman of the French section of ShareLife during the same period.

In Quebec from 2000 to 2019, Pierre was President of the Société d’histoire et de généalogie des Pays d’en-Haut. In 2015, he was awarded a Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Recognition for his commitment to his community.

Pierre Gravel is one of the 12 founding members of the Centres d’Accueil Héritage. He held various positions on the Board of Directors of CAH from 1978 to 1986. He has been President of the Place Saint-Laurent Tenants’ Committee since 2021.


Julia Ballerio-Dupé



Julia Ballerio-Dupé grew up in Montreal and then moved to Vancouver to pursue her university education. She then chose Toronto to complete her Masters in Public and International Affairs at York University (Glendon Campus). She has been working in the public sector for several years. Her areas of expertise include event management, government relations and communications.

Passionate about the Francophonie and community involvement, Julia is committed to giving back to her community. She has served on various boards of directors and volunteered with various organizations for many years. She joined the CAH Board of Directors in October 2020 as a Director.


Safia Fakim



Bio à venir




Denis Frawley



Denis Frawley was a member of the CAH Board of Directors from 2013 to 2020, and joined in 2021 to begin a new term.  He is also a member of the Legal and Complaints Committee.

Denis is an associate practicing corporate, commercial and securities law at Ormston List Frawley LLP, a firm he co-founded in 2006.

From this firm, Denis advises clients operating in the mining and exploration sector mining and exploration (in Canada and elsewhere in the world), high technology and other sectors likely to attract innovative business people. A native of Sudbury, he completed his B.A. in Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa in 1996, and his law studies at McGill University in 1996 (B.A. in Common Law and Civil Law). He was admitted to the Ontario Bar (1998) and the New York Bar (1997). After living in New York for several years, where he became a partner in an international law firm, he moved to Toronto in 2005.  He is active on several committees of the Canadian Bar Association.  With his spouse, Denis has two children.

Geneviève Grenier



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