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Staff – AQPA

The Executive Director

Françoise Rollin  

Francoise Rollin is an occupational therapist with a Master’s in Public Affairs and a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the University of Laval (2012). She combines a wealth of experience in both clinical work and management, having been the president of the Order of Occupational Therapists of Quebec for 20 years.  She has also served as a deputy local commissioner of complaints and quality at the CHUM. For the last three years, she has worked as a healthcare accreditation specialist for the Conseil québécois d’agrément. She also serves on the board of directors of a number of administrative councils, namely the Conseil inter-professionnel du Québec, Parkinson Québec, Vision sur l’art Québec and Quebec Easter Seals. She has also served as president of the board of the Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Center. Currently, Françoise Rollin is an independent member (expertise in rehabilitation) on the board of the CISSS Montérégie-Centre and serves on the board of the Order of Dentists of Quebec as a representative of the Office des professions du Québec.

In December, 2015, Francoise Rollin joined the AQPA as the Executive Director. She is motivated by the AQPA’s mission and is committed to improving the quality of life and social integration of people with aphasia.

The choir director and facilitator music workshops

Christine Cantin

A long time devotee, Christine Cantin obtained two degrees in music, including a Bachelor Degree in composition as well as one in Musical Education at the University of Laval. Christine chose to specialize in jazz and pop musical arrangement techniques. In 1989, she was awarded a scholarship, a trophy and two gold medals at the Sillery Provincal Music Festival. In 2009, she was awarded a second scholarship from the “Office Franco-Québécois pour la jeunesse”. Through her many talents as a composer, keyboard player and choirmaster, she has conducted the AQPA Choir since 2001, as well as the jazz vocal group, FA7. Incredibly gifted, enthusiastic and generous, Christine is always patient and good humoured and brings the healing touch of music to all those around her. She adds her own brand of magic to the program!

Facilitator of the Anglophones Groups

Ariana Fraid, M.Sc.(A), S-LP(C)

Ariana received her Master of Science (Applied) degree in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University in 2011. She joined the AQPA team in 2012 and currently facilitates conversation groups on Wednesdays in the West Island and Thursdays in the Plateau. On both of these days, Ariana supervises students completing a clinical stage as part of their graduate studies in Speech-Language pathology at McGill University. Ariana enjoys her work at the AQPA as it allows her to follow a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA), which is a philosophy she is truly passionate about. Ariana also works as a Speech-language Pathologist in the Assistive Technology Program at Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre.

Coordinator of volunteers and new members’ services

Bérénice Nika STEIN

Bérénice Nika Stein met au profit de l’AQPA diverses compétences complémentaires. Chorégraphe, elle est spécialisée en danse contemporaine de la Texas Woman’s University de Denton (Texas). Elle détient un baccalauréat en linguistique de l’Université McGill et a fait une formation de quatre ans de l’École québécoise de formation des psychothérapeutes de Montréal. Elle a travaillé comme intervenante psychosociale au Centre des femmes de Montréal, chez Entre-Mamans, centre communautaire pour les mères et les familles de jeunes enfants, et au GRIS. Bérénice Nika Stein est polyglotte: en plus du français et de l’anglais, elle et peut s’exprime en russe, en ukrainien et en italien. (

Social workers

Sophie Rioux-Oliver

(will be available shortly)

Chloé Dugré-Morand

(will be available shortly)