Focus on the 19th Annual General meeting of the Société Santé en français


Focus on the 19th Annual General meeting of the Société Santé en français


 Ottawa, June 21st, 2021 – The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Société Santé en français (SSF) took place virtually on Thursday, June 17th, 2021. This was an opportunity to renew some of the members’ term as well as welcome new members to the Board of Directors.

More than 70 delegates and members of the SSF participated to the meeting via Zoom. According to Mrs. Anne Leis, chair of the board, “The 2020-2021 year was clearly impacted by the global pandemic, leading the Société Santé en français and its members, the 16 French health networks to quickly pivot to a virtual world and to find new ways to achieve their goals.”

Here are a few of the highlights of the meeting:

  • The terms of the following members of the board of directors have ended. We wish to acknowledge each and everyone’s unfailing commitment and to thank them for their important contribution to francophone health:
    • Sébastien Payan – British Columbia (2019-2021)
    • Gisèle Thibodeau – Nova Scotia (2017-2021)
    • Jalila Jbilou – New Brunswick (2016-2021)
    • Sophie Thibodeau – Newfoundland and Labrador (2013-2021)
  • We welcome the following individuals who have been elected to a two-year term or are continuing with their current mandate on the SSF Board of Directors:
    • Gisèle Lacroix – Alberta, re-elected
    • Lily Crist – British Columbia, newly elected
    • Raphaël Moore – New Brunswick (RAFR), re-elected
    • Michel Tassé – New Brunswick (RAOS), newly elected
    • Blair Boudreau – Nova Scotia, newly elected
    • Collin Bourgeois – Northern Ontario, re-elected
    • Abdoulaye Yoh – Saskatchewan, re-elected

Please consult our 2020-2021 Annual Report, which presents the achievements of the Health Movement over the past year. Thanks to the leadership and commitment of the Francophone Health Networks across the country, considerable advances towards better access to health services in French have been achieved. These positive results demonstrate the strength of the Santé en français Movement and its ability to provide support for meaningful change, which increases access to quality health services, programs and resources in French for Francophone and Acadian communities living in a minority setting.

The Société Santé en Français is a dynamic national organisation that aims to promote the development of health services in French for Francophone and Acadian communities living in minority settings in Canada. The SSF is the meeting point of 16 regional, provincial, and territorial networks working to bring together partners interested in improving access to health services in French in all provinces and territories where French is not the language of much of the population. To learn more, please visit:


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Adam Berrada, Public Relations Officer
Société Santé en français