OUR TEAM

ROLES OF OUR TEAM

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DENYS BERNARD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Always on the lookout for business opportunities, Denys sees to the development and growth of the organization. His vision allows the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki (GCNWA) to effectively serve our communities according to our mission, but also to export our expertise to many Indigenous communities and private organizations. In addition, Denys plays, among other things, a representative role for the Nation. He supervises, manages and administrates the various funding programs, services and projects underway at the GCNWA. He is also responsible for supervising staff and ensuring that institutional values and established performance requirements are met.
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NIKITA ZEWSKI

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Using graphic communications, communication plans, public relations and new information and communications technologies (NICT), Nikita monitors the various information items in circulation, looks after the image of both communities and brings support to different projects.
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MÉLANIE DALLAIRE

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
Reporting to the Executive Director, Mélanie is responsible for directing, coordinating and controlling accounting activities. In addition, she is responsible for conducting financial analysis for ongoing projects and for providing the information needed for making informed decisions. She is also responsible for introducing the necessary changes to ensure the continuous improvement of processes and the efficient use of resources.
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DIANE M’SADOQUES

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
Diane is in charge of everything related to the payroll and the accounts payable. She also oversees the Home Care Services for both communities.
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JULIE CASAUBON, CPA

ACCOUNTANT
Reporting to the Director of Accounting, Julie is responsible for the sound management of financial resources. Whether it is through the follow-up of financing, project progress monitoring, invoicing and cash flow planning, Julie ensures coordination between the field and financial aspects. In other words, she carries out her duties in such a way as to pursue one of the Nation's missions, which is to offer high-level services to the communities.
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ÉMILIE LEFEBVRE

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
In addition to being an administrative assistant, Émilie also manages the hunting, fishing and trapping file by establishing schedules, selling permits and replying to various questions from fishermen and hunters, as well as registering game.
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JOANIE RANCOURT

TECHNICAL SERVICES AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
Joanie provides communications services to the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak, and the various departments of the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki. Whether through graphic communications, communications plans, public relations or new information technology. She monitors the various information circulating, makes sure the image of both communities is upheld and lends support to various projects.
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STÉPHANE LECOURS AUBIN

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Stéphane contributes to the economic development of the Abenaki communities of Odanak and Wôlinak. His main role includes informing, advising, assisting and providing expertise on economic issues for the start-up, acquisition, expansion and recovery phases for various businesses. He is also responsible for identifying community and private sector enterprise needs and problems and providing them with the necessary support. While seeking out economic partners, he participates in identifying new business opportunities and developing economic development strategies.
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JEAN-SÉBASTIEN CHAREST

IT DIRECTOR
Jean-Sébastien is in charge of various information technologies.
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ALAIN SIROIS

COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNICIAN
Alain teams up with the IT Director to meet IT support needs.
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HELEN WATSO

SOCIO-ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE OFFICER
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MATHIEU BLANCHETTE

HUMAN RESOURCES AGENT
Mathieu, who holds a Bachelor's degree from UQTR in Business Administration - Human Resources profile since 2015, has a great knowledge of the First Nations context. His main tasks within the GCNWA are to provide support to the management department in order to ensure the optimal development of resources and work teams as well as to actively contribute to various projects.

TECHNICAL SERVICES

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MARIO DIAMOND

TECHNICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Mario has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of civil engineering. Having worked with the GCNWA since 2009, he supervises, manages and administers the technical services department in both civil engineering and construction in general.
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LOUIS JUTRAS, ENG.

COORDINATOR - ENGINEERING
Louis graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in Civil Engineering in December 2015. He then worked for two years as a site engineer and superintendent for Kiewit Construction. In September 2017, Louis joined the GCNWA team where his comprehensive technical knowledge in the design and technical application of site standards are key assets. Louis also has thorough experience in remote field projects.
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BENOIT GIGUÈRE, ENG.

PROJECT MANAGER
Having graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in Civil Engineering in December 2016, Benoit joined the GCNWA team shortly after graduation. He is responsible for design standards and the application of engineering calculations necessary for road development and repair projects. Benoit also possesses sound technical drawing skills.
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GENEVIÈVE VEILLEUX

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN
Geneviève graduated with a DEC in Architecture Technology in 2008 and works since 2009 for the GCNWA. As an architectural technician, she is responsible for designing, producing and completing construction plans for several projects. In addition to actively participating in the management of the various ongoing projects, Geneviève is also responsible for CMHC grant programs.
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DANIEL THIBAULT, ENG.

ENGINEER, URBAN PLANNER
As a graduate from Concordia University, Daniel has worked for 36 years for the City of Trois-Rivières as a civil engineer and director. As an urban planner, he has extensive experience in home and urban development. He is currently Senior Project Manager with the GCNWA.
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MAXIME DIAMOND

COORDINATOR - HOUSING & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Maxime works in collaboration with various communities, mainly on construction, inspection and building evaluation projects. In addition, he regularly works on various projects in collaboration with different government bodies.
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MARILYNE RAPOSO

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN
Marilyne graduated from the CEGEP of Trois-Rivières in May 2018 in Architecture Technology. She also completed a civil engineering degree from the same educational institution in 2014. She joined the GCNWA team during her studies, contributing to the drafting tasks of different projects, residential building design and inspections. Marilyne possesses a thorough knowledge of building standards.
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ALEXANDRE LAROUCHE

CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN
Alexandre graduated from the CEGEP of Trois-Rivières in May 2017. During his studies, he was hired by the Ministère des Transports as a construction supervisor. Through his work, he acquired various experience such as contract management and work inspection. In April 2018, he joined the GCNWA team. Alexandre possesses good knowledge of road network standards, surveying and site supervision.
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JEAN DUMONT

ESTIMATOR - SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Jean has extensive experience in Project Management, Estimating and teaching Building Technology. Thanks to his range of skills, he now has nearly 20 years of specialized experience. Passionate about energy efficiency and the laws surrounding buildings, he knows a lot about building standards and codes. As an Estimator - Senior Project Manager, Jean performs inspections, estimates and project management within the Technical Services Department.
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CYRILLE CANTIN

TECHNICIAN IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
Cyrille Cantin graduated in Civil engineering from Cégep de Trois-Rivières in May 2014. After his studies, he moved into the field of building structure, where he was able to deepen his knowledge of the related standards. His great versatility later led him to work in the field of mechanical engineering. Thanks to this experience, Cyrille was able to perfect her mastery of computer-aided drawing and project management. In March 2019, he joined the GCNWA team where he acquired a good knowledge of road network, construction and surveying standards as well as site supervision.
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NICOLAS MARINEAU

TECHNICIAN IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
Nicolas holds a College Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Cégep de Trois-Rivières and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from the Université de Sherbrooke. During his career, he has developed an expertise in materials control and soil decontamination. He also has a good knowledge of drawing and surveying.
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DANIEL SIROIS

BUILDING INSPECTOR - ESTIMATOR
Daniel has extensive construction experience and he currently works at the GCNWA as a Building Inspector. He also assists the engineering team in supervising construction or other related inspection work.
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PAUL-ÉMILE AUGER

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Paul-Émile has distinguished himself in the field of emergency management and works to strengthen First Nations' capacity to deal with disasters. He works with 39 First Nations communities in the Emergency Management Assistance Program of Indigenous Services Canada. Whether it is to provide strategic planning support, to better train first responders or to coordinate an emergency situation, Paul-Émile knows how to combine fine analysis with decisive action. He is certified as an Emergency Measures Associate, EMU, by the ASCQ, in addition to being certified in Intervention Command.
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CLÉOPHÉE LACHAPELLE

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Cléophée joins the Technical services department as an administrative assistant. Having just completed her secretarial training, combined with her previous work experience in administration, she will be able to effectively carry out her mandate, the purpose of the position being to support the Housing and Emergency Management Coordinator. Furthermore, as an Abenaki, she will be able to put her knowledge of the First Nation community to good use.
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DANY BEAUDOIN

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Trained as a structural and civil engineering technician, Dany is responsible for project management, design and production of plans and specifications in the field of structure and foundations. Dany has been working for over 20 years in the fields of engineering, architecture and construction. Among his mandates, he has been in charge of various design, plan and construction projects carried out on various industrial sites.
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KAROL-ANN LALONDE-FRASER

PROJECT MANAGER
Karol-Ann graduated from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in August 2020. She completed a bachelor's degree in construction engineering during which she accumulated knowledge in structural and municipal engineering during her internships. These experiences allowed her to develop her project management skills, which will be greatly useful in her role as a construction project manager in the technical services department.
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MAGGY CHARLAND

LIAISON OFFICER
Maggy joins our team as a liaison officer for the Emergency Management Team (EMT). With several years of experience in the field of administration, she will be responsible for developing and planning risk reduction measures with First Nations and government organizations as well as ensuring community relations while acting in a prevention, preparedness, intervention and recovery perspective with Quebec's Aboriginal communities.
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SACHA PICHÉ

ASSET MANAGEMENT AGENT
Sacha has many years of experience in management and customer service. He puts his skills to good use in order to fulfill his mandate as an asset management agent. Primarily, Sacha establishes and implements an asset management action plan in various First Nation communities. He also plays a leading role in mentoring the managers of the communities concerned.
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CATERINE J. MCDONALD

LIAISON OFFICER
Catherine joins the team as a liaison officer for the Emergency Management Team (EMT). In this capacity, she will be in charge of supporting community prevention, preparation, response and recovery operations. She will also liaise with various stakeholders to communicate critical information and support emergency decision making.
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INTERN

VACANT POSITION

NDAKINA OFFICE

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SUZIE O'BOMSAWIN

DIRECTOR OF THE NDAKINA OFFICE
Suzie is responsible for everything that relates to territorial consultations. She responds, among other things, to consultation requests and follows-up on issues related to natural resources affecting the ancestral territory of the Abenaki.
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JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVENCHER

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Reporting to the Director of the Ndakina Office, Jean-François supports the Director in handling files or projects as well as executing different Department related mandates. He also assumes an advisory role in terms of environment and natural resources.
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YVON POIRIER

LAND CLAIMS COORDINATOR
Yvon is in charge of everything pertaining to land claims. Claims are used to demonstrate without a doubt, and with supporting documents, that the federal government has not respected a treaty, agreement or its legal obligations towards a First Nation, as has been the case for the communities of Wôlinak and Odanak.
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DAVID BERNARD

INVESTIGATION/RESEARCH OFFICER
As part of a study on Waban-Aki traditional use and occupancy of the land and ecological knowledge, under the authority of the Director of Territorial Consultations and in collaboration with the project manager, David participates in organizing the study and investigations, prepares, conducts and transcribes interviews in addition to compile and analyse the collected data.
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HADRIEN BOIS

GEOMATICIAN
Hadrien is responsible for everything related to geomatics at the Ndakina Office. He collects geospatial data, analyzes, interprets and transforms them to support the Ndakina Office team in a variety of projects. He produces various maps and tools for applications involving natural resources, geology, environmental and archaeological research, and the use and occupation of the Ndakinna by members of the W8banaki Nation.
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GENEVIÈVE TREYVAUD

ARCHAEOLOGIST
As part of the Ndakina Office activities, Geneviève is responsible for developing archaeological research projects for the purpose of better understanding the ancestral occupation of the territory. In collaboration with the Ndakina Office team, her focus lies in protecting the archaeological heritage during the territorial consultation process. More specifically, her efforts centre on the Contact period and the impact of European colonization on First Nations and their environment. She studies the methods for exploiting natural resources and the techniques used to manufacture traditional tools used by the Algonquin First Nations people.
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JEAN-NICOLAS PLOURDE

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
As part of his duties at the Ndakina Office, Jean-Nicolas assists research agents and archaeologists in their respective mandates. In particular, he conducts archival and literature reviews on various historical and archaeological subjects and participates in the writing of articles, reports and various policies. With his background in history and classical studies, Jean-Nicolas specializes in the logic of First Nations mobility in the American Northeast during the pre-contact and historical periods.
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EDGAR BLANCHET

RESEARCH AGENT
As part of the Ndakina Office's research activities related to territory and traditional knowledge, including, but not limited to, data collection from members of the Nation according to protocols developed by the Office and the processing and analysis of research data.
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ROXANE LÉVESQUE

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSISTANT
In immediate collaboration with the archaeologist, Roxane supports the progress of the various archaeological research projects carried out mainly on the Ndakina. Roxane specializes in zooarchaeology.
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VANESSA CASTONGUAY- FORTIN

BIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Vanessa is involved in the consultations of the Waban-Aki Nation in connection with wildlife, endangered species and the environment (more specifically for Wôlinak).
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SAMUEL DUFOUR

BIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Samuel is involved in the consultations of the Waban-Aki Nation in connection with wildlife, endangered species and the environment (more specifically for Odanak).

FNCFS

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MICHEL THIBEAULT

SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Michel is responsible for the management of social services and front-line services to the child and the family of the Waban-Aki Nation. He advises members of the FNCFS team on clinical intervention aspects and on interaction strategies between different resources in the communities and the FNCFS. In addition, he ensures that the methods meet a community-based approach and finally, he also advises the team on the most effective ways to implement the various projects developed.
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LAURE TARDIF

FRONT-LINE SERVICES COORDINATOR
Laure is responsible for training, service development and the DYP agreement and must ensure that services meet the needs of families in the community. She ensures consistency in front-line services. She also works with partners to ensure that consultation develops. Laure links clinical needs, community needs and the services that must be associated with them. She has a decision-making role in confirming the offer of services. She is also a youth protection respondent.
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VALÉRIE LAFORCE

SCHOOL PROJECTS COORDINATOR
She initiates, manages and supervises Niona projects that are developed in collaboration with the educational community. Her mandate is carried out in particular through her role as head of the Table en éducation pour les jeunes Abénakis (Education Table for Young Abenakis), which brings together partners working in various educational environments. It acts as a reference-liaison between the educational and Abenaki communities.
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JENNY M'SADOQUES BENOIT

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR SOCIAL SERVICES
Jenny supports the management and the entire team in administrative actions.
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MARC FAUTEUX

CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Marc guides the workers in their actions, ensures that appropriate practices are applied and assigns files to the social workers.
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ROSALIE L. CAPISTRAN

COMMUNITY WORKER - CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, FAMILY
Rosalie meets the needs of individuals, families and groups from the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to enable them to understand and solve their behavioural and social issues. She works with individuals with bio-psycho-social difficulties, provides individual follow-ups and participates in prevention activities.
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RAPHAËLLE O'BOMSAWIN

COMMUNITY WORKER - CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, FAMILY
Raphaëlle meets the needs of individuals, families and groups from the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to enable them to understand and solve their behavioural and social issues. She works with individuals with bio-psycho-social difficulties, provides individual follow-ups and participates in prevention activities.
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AUDREY TRUDEL

COMMUNITY WORKER - CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, FAMILY
Audrey meets the needs of individuals, families and groups from the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to enable them to understand and solve their behavioural and social issues. She works with individuals with bio-psycho-social difficulties, provides individual follow-ups and participates in prevention activities.
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MATHIEU LAFORCE

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Mathieu acts to develop and support the Wôlinak and Odanak communities in their community actions.
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SONIA FISET

COMMUNITY WORKER
The community worker is present in FNCFS actions to provide support and encourage participants to consult the specific resources available. From this perspective, she is a non-specialized resource in listening and referral. She plays a specific role in promoting culture through cultural workshops and the integration of culture among 12-17 year olds.
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MARC-OLIVIER O'BOMSAWIN

IN CHARGE OF "ESPACE JEUNESSE" - ODANAK
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MEGAN HÉBERT-LEFEBVRE

CONTENT PRODUCTION OFFICER
She produces the content elements for all FNCFS actions, including projects related to the Niona component. She collaborates with the communications department to develop tools that provide information related to general social services.
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SABRINA FORTIN

PIVOT OFFICER - ACT C-92
Her mandate is to support all actions undertaken by the Governing Body and the working committees working for the implementation of Act C-92. It collects important information, shares it with partners, and ensures that stakeholders have the tools that can lead to the implementation of Act C-92 in the communities.
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MATHIEU O'BOMSAWIN

COORDINATOR - NIONA PROJECT WITH PARTNERS OUTSIDE THE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
He initiates, manages and supervises Niona projects that are developed in conjunction with partners outside the educational community. His role also includes sharing his specific expertise in cultural matters, particularly in terms of language, history, territory and traditions.
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KASSANDRA LEFEBVRE

RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE - WÔLINAK

HOME SUPPORT

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NADIA GILL

DIRECTOR OF HOME SUPPORT SERVICES
Nadia manages the various services offered by home support, including independent living, personal hygiene care, dressing assistance and home respite services.
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CÉLINE MARCHESSAULT

BENEFICIARY ATTENDANT
Celine is responsible for providing the necessary care to people in need, as part of the home support service (providing them with assistance during hygiene care or doing so for them if they are unable to do so, helping them eat, etc.) She must also collaborate with the recipient's intervention plan and provide some basic care to these people.
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PATRICIA RENÉ

BENEFICIARY ATTENDANT
Patricia is responsible for providing the necessary care to people in need, as part of the home support service (providing them with assistance during hygiene care or doing so for them if they are unable to do so, helping them eat, etc.) She must also collaborate with the recipient's intervention plan and provide some basic care to these people.
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MARIE-PIER VERVILLE

BENEFICIARY ATTENDANT
Marie-Pier is responsible for providing the necessary care to people in need, as part of the home support service (providing them with assistance during hygiene care or doing so for them if they are unable to do so, helping them eat, etc.) She must also collaborate with the recipient's intervention plan and provide some basic care to these people.
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STEVEN WILLIAMS

FAMILY AID
Family carers perform various common household tasks (laundry, personal hygiene, meals, cleaning, moving people, etc.) with people who are losing their independence (elderly, disabled, sick). They also ensure a presence for the comfort and safety of the beneficiaries.
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SYLVIE ALLY

FAMILY AID
Family carers perform various common household tasks (laundry, personal hygiene, meals, cleaning, moving people, etc.) with people who are losing their independence (elderly, disabled, sick). They also ensure a presence for the comfort and safety of the beneficiaries.

HOME MAINTENANCE

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MICHEL BERNARD

HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE
Michel is in charge of housekeeping in Wôlinak.
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LUDOVIC JOYAL

HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE
Ludovic is in charge of housekeeping in Wôlinak.