French Health Network



Following the recommendations put forward by the World Health Organization (WHO), published in a document entitled “Working together for health”, the Société santé en français and all Health Networks opted for a model of leadership which included the five key sectors of the pentagram. This structure allows for a more efficient networking between partners and a better consultation on engagements for the health of francophones.

The French Health Network is governed by statutes and regulations in forced by the board of Trustees. The board of trustees is composed of 9 members, all volunteers, representing a geographic and cultural territory and representing groups of essential partners for the improvement of the health services in French.



JoAnne Chalifour, Alzheimer Society Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton

JoAnne Chalifour is a bilingual manager with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of health and community services in the private and non-profit sectors. Since 2011, JoAnne is the Regional Director of Operations of Dementia Alliance which includ Alzheimer Society of Hamilton/Halton, Alzheimer Society of Brant and  Alzheimer Society of Haldimand/Norfolk.

Between 2007 and 2011, she worked at the Hamilton Niagara Community Health Centre which serves the francophone population, first as a Coordinator for the seniors support services programs and then as the Director of the Primary and Community Health department.
Between 1998 and 2007 JoAnne has served as the Program Director for Les Centres d’accueil Héritages of Toronto, a community support agency providing services to the elderly and HIV-positive individuals.

JoAnne holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Laval in Quebec; a Certificate in Administration of long-term care at Ryerson University in Toronto; and more recently a Certificate in Leadership in Community Health from the Rotman Institute at the University of Toronto.



Christelle Bony, Central Local Health Integration Network
Vice president

Born in Côte D’Ivoire, now Canadian Citizen, Christelle Bony is a medical doctor by training. She practiced medicine for several years in Côte D’Ivoire before she emigrated to Canada.

Between 2010 and 2013, Ms. Bony worked as a health promoter in WellFort where she established and managed a Health Promotion Program aimed at the francophone elderly population of the Peel Region. She was a member of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) French Language Services Provincial Leadership Council from 2012 to June 2018.

Her passion for the development of French Language Services and planning, of community health services brought her to the position of French Language Services Coordinator for the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Christelle holds a Master in Public Health/Community Health from Université de Montréal in Québec, and currently works as a Bilingual Health Planner at the Central LHIN.




Antoine Derose, Retired CAMH

Antoine Dérose was born and educated in Haiti. He emigrated and settled in Toronto Canada where he has lived with his family since 1978. Antoine earned a degree in Social Work from York University and a Certificate in Antiracism and Race Relations.

He has worked as a bilingual program advisor at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) since 2000. He teaches at Collège Boréal where he was a member of the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2007. He is the current President of Perspective Caring Humanitarian organization, a charity working in Haiti. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the French Health Network of Southwestern Ontario and the TAIBU Community Health Center.

He has served on the Management Committee of the Canadian Council of Education and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center francophone de Toronto. Previously, he was a school counselor for the Council of French-Language Schools of Metropolitan Toronto (CEFCUT) for five years. The well-being and flourishing of francophone ethnocultural communities is very important to him.



Rachel Traoré-Takura, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Rachel Traoré-Takura has been working with the Government of Ontario as Senior Policy and Program Advisor for the past 8 years at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She has led and / or supported the Mental Health Strategy, Diabetes Strategy, Healthy Kids Community Action Program, Excellence for All Care Act, Transforming Quality Improvement of Care Health, long-term care transformation, the Aging at Home Strategy, and the Ontario Organ Donor Strategy.
Rachel spent several years in the community sector and at the Center’s Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) prior to joining the Public Service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health and society from York University and a master’s degree in public health from Sheffield University.

Aliou Sene, CAMH


Bio to come


Daniella Somda, Ministry of Francophone Affairs


Bio to come



Marie Dorval, Conseil scolaire Catholique Providence

Marie Dorval was born and educated in Montreal (elementary, secondary and university). She moved to Ontario in 1992. After several trips to the south of the province, she ended up in Windsor in 1998. She is currently employed as an alternate at the Providence Catholic School Board. In this capacity, she represents the alternate members on the local AEFO executive committee since 2009. She has volunteered for more than 18 years.

As a mother of two, Delphine and Béatrice, she had the opportunity to use the health services in the Windsor-Essex area. She realized that French-language services are difficult to receive from various service providers.

After seeing an advertisement in the local Francophone newspaper, she applied to sit on the Board of Directors of the French-language Health Services Planning Entity Erie-St Clair / Southwest as an individual member of the community. This led her to become a board member of the Franco-Santé Network in southern Ontario.


Linda Jussaume, North York General Hospital

Linda Jussaume is a bilingual manager with more than 30 years of experience in the health field. For the past nine years, she has held the position of Director of Surgery: Rouge Valley Health System 2006 and later North York General Hospital 2010. From 1983 to 2006, she worked at the University Health Network First as a cardiovascular intensive care nurse and then as a manager.

She has also worked as a consultant at the provincial, national and international levels. She sits on several committees in the Central LHIN and more recently works with Ontario Telemedicine to promote and access bilingual health services for patients in northern Ontario.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Nursing from McGill University and an MBA from the Rotman Institute of Management at the University of Toronto.