Our team

Our team is made up of around ten passionate employees and contract workers, and covers several skills to offer comprehensive support to people with aphasia.


Executive Director
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Executive Assistant
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Administrative assistant
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Josee Fortin

Responsible for volunteers
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Elaine Tang

Social worker / responsible for welcoming people with aphasia
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Vanessa Soucis

SAPPA psychosocial worker
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AQPA/SAPPA psychosocial worker
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Coordinator, Service for relatives of people with aphasia (SAPPA)
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CREP teacher
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Communications Officer
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Project manager, Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation
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in Orthophonis
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Our board of directors

Eli Mignault

President and representative of sympathizers

A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) by profession, Eli served his first term at AQPA as administrator and treasurer, where he was able to enjoy his collaboration with other committed members. Since 2023, he has continued his involvement in serving people with aphasia as president of the Board of Directors.

Jacques Pfister

Vice-president and representative of people with aphasia

Following a stroke, Jacques discovered AQPA and made great friendships there. After a rich career in human resources, he became a member of our CA. He thus wishes to get involved with AQPA which, in his words, helped him get back on his feet.

Suzanne Gagnon

Secretary, representative of relatives

A retired criminologist, Suzanne has a wealth of experience within the health and social services network. A caregiver of a person with aphasia, she has been a representative of relatives on our board since 2020.

Myriam Alphonse

Administrator and representative of people with aphasia

Driven by the desire to make a difference in the decisions made by AQPA, Myriam puts her great energy and her communicative passion at the service of people with aphasia since her election to our board as an administrator.

Harold Christmas

Administrator and representative of people with aphasia

A former security guard, Harold discovered AQPA on the advice of a speech therapist following a stroke. He appreciates the activities of the AQPA, in particular for the variety of workshops offered. Very invested, he decided in 2023 to run for our board of directors to make his contribution to our organization which has become his second family.

France Levesque

Administrator and representative of people with aphasia

Very involved socially, France worked in drug addiction during her career and also helped newcomers learn French. A member of the AQPA for more than 20 years following a stroke, she has represented people with aphasia on our board since 2023 and encourages their active participation.

Mary Delnero

Administrator and representative of caregivers

Retired after a career as a dinner supervisor in the education network, Mary has been a caregiver to a person with aphasia since 2007. She particularly understands the needs of people with aphasia and their families, and thus wishes to promote a range of services that is best suited to this clientele.

Hakima Dris

Administrator and representative of caregivers

Caregiver of a young adult who was the victim of a road accident at the age of 15, Hakima is a driving instructor. In order to have flexible hours to help her daughter on a daily basis, she worked part-time and then opened her own driving school. Hakima is also actively involved in our board as a representative of relatives.

Edith Durand

Administrator and supporter representative

A speech therapist and holder of a doctorate in biomedical sciences, Edith is also a professor in the Department of Speech Therapy at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières. Wishing to promote the integration of people with aphasia into society, she has been actively involved in our board of directors since 2023.