RAF is the only intergenerational association of its kind, created by and for Black Franco-Canadian girls and women.
Underrepresented and so far seldom celebrated, Black women are practically invisible in Canada, particularly those who are Francophone. Violène Gabriel, a nurse who immigrated to Canada from Haiti in 1975, created this association in 2006 as a way to draw them out of the shadows.
RAF highlights the excellence and leadership of Canada’s Black Francophone girls and women.
RAF seeks to lend a voice to immigrant and second generation Black Francophone and francophile girls and women in order to represent and inspire them, and to promote their distinctiveness, excellence and leadership in Canada’s Francophone community.
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Represent Canada’s Black Francophone and francophile women, regardless of their age
Inspire success and excellence by promoting female role models from every background, orientation and interest in order to inspire others to become agents of change
Encourage by fostering their independence through leadership and mentoring so that they can come into their own (body, mind and spirit)
Promote awareness of Canada’s Black Francophone and francophile women who excel
Draw Black Francophone seniors out of isolation, giving them a chance to thrive through different activities
Board of Directors
Executive Director and Founder
President of the Board, Executive Director and Founder Kimdja Event Planning
Founder and lawyer, Votre Notaire Véronique Semextant
Secretary, Founder AudreySaysFashion et Aida Enterprise Inc.
Grace K. Busanga
Administrator – Communications, Founder and Marketing Strategist, AvecGrace, Marketing Digital Agency
Administrator – Human Resources
Administrator, President and Founder of l’Arbre du voyageur-Services d’insertion et d’intégration des antillais du Canada, and,
President and Founder – Femmes & traditions
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