About us


The achievements of the French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario are the result of the expertise of its members. We are dedicated to providing quality services in the mission entrusted to us and remain at your disposal for any request concerning the French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario.


Julie Lantaigne

Executive Director
jlantaigne@francosantesud.ca – Phone: 416-413-1717/1-888-549-5775 ext. 1

Julie Lantaigne has been the Executive Director of French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario since 2012. She is the former Clinical Director of the Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara’s counselling department. She is also a former therapist, counselor and social work program teacher. She serves on various Société Santé en francais’ and Alliance des Réseaux Ontariens de santé en français’ committees. She works closely with the French language health planning entities to coordinate provincial health-related initiatives. Julie Lantaigne graduated from University of Waterloo -St. Jerome’s University with a specialization in Sexuality, Marriage & Family Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies from the Renison University College in Waterloo and a College Diploma in Social Service Worker from Fanshawe College in London. She has been an active member of the Hamilton community for over thirteen years.


Geneviève Laferrière

Project Coordinator
glaferriere@francosantesud.ca – Phone: 416-413-1717/1-888-549-5775 ext. 2

Geneviève Laferrière has worked with Francophone minority communities since the beginning of her career. In 2009, she joined the French Health Network of Central Southern Ontario and began working in collaboration with various organizations to improve access to French language health services in order to provide quality person-centred services to Francophones. Geneviève also worked as a program officer at Société Santé en français, the national umbrella organization for French Language Health Networks across Canada, and as a project officer for Equinox and Cogitare consulting firms in Ottawa. Geneviève holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa, with a specialization in international management, and a project management certificate from La Cité collégiale. As project coordinator with over 10 years’ experience working in health services for Francophone minority communities, Geneviève works with regional, provincial and national partners to optimize, among others, the recruitment and retention of bilingual health human resources, mental health and seniors’ services for Francophones.


Christine Gilles

Project coordinator
cgilles@francosantesud.ca – Phone: 416-413-1717/1-888-549-5775 ext. 4

Christine Gilles joined the Réseau franco-santé du sud de l’Ontario team in 2022 as project coordinator. Specialized in health promotion and education, Christine is particularly interested in issues of health equity and access to health services for the most vulnerable and/or in a minority situation. Christine has worked in the field of health for more than twenty years having occupied – alternately – program management positions at the national level and field experience with structurally underserved and/or excluded populations. With an international experience (Belgium, France and Canada since 2007), she has worked more particularly in the field of mental health for the past ten years. Originally from Belgium, she began her career as a general nurse while continuing her studies with a specialization in community health and then a Masters in Public Health.


Nancy Larivière

Project Support officer
nlariviere@francosantesud.ca – Phone: 289 880 6163

Project coordinator for the Réseau franco-santé du sud de l’Ontario since 2013, Nancy Larivière works on recruitment and retention initiatives for bilingual health human resources as well as access to services for Francophone communities. She works, among others, on initiatives for students and immigrants such as Franco-Doc, Franco-Santé and Santé immigration francophone. Prior to joining the Network, she worked as a Health Promotion Officer and as a Volunteer Engagement and Internship Officer.  Nancy Larivière holds a degree in Humanities, a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Science from Laval University and has completed training in sustainable community development.


Diane Brezden

Finance Coordinator
dbrezden@francosantesud.ca – Phone: 416-413-1717/1-888-549-5775 ext. 3

Originally from Smooth Rock Falls in northern Ontario, Diane Brezden graduated in business accounting from Canadore College in North Bay. She travelled early in her career and settled in Barbuda in the Caribbean where she held the position of Manager and Chief Financial Officer responsible for the financial management of several Companies over a period of three years. Back in London, Ontario, she owned and managed the Documat Legal Search House company for nine years before selling it to a Toronto firm. For more than 9 years, Diane served as treasurer / chief financial officer to the non-profit foundation and charity St. Paul’s Cathedral / Woodland Cemetery in London. Diane joined the French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario team in May 2011 as Finance Coordinator with 22 years of experience working closely with the Network’s Executive Director, as well as with provincial and national partners, on several projects.


Linda Johnston

Administrative assistant agent
ljohnston@francosantesud.ca – Phone: 416-413-1717/1-888-549-5775 ext. 3

Linda Johnston is originally from Welland, Ontario and graduated with a Sociology degree from Brock University in St Catharines. With over 20 years of experience in IT and office administration, Linda holds the position of Administrative Support Officer with RFSSO and runs a small business. Over the past few years in her career, she has had the pleasure of working with several Francophone organizations. Prior to opening @ Linda’s Office, she held the position of Director of the East Side Senior’s Center in Port Colborne for over 9 years. Very recently, she has the pleasure of working as Executive Director with ABC Communautaire. Linda joined the Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario team in January 2020. As part of her role, she works in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors and her teammates. She is responsible for administrative tasks such as emails, IT, document management, etc.