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RAF is the only intergenerational association of its kind, created by and for Black Franco-Canadian girls and women.

01. Presentation

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.

02. Mission

RAF highlights the excellence and leadership of Canada’s Black Francophone girls and women.

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03. Vision

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 these women who excel in several sectors of activity including entrepreneurship


Draw Black Francophone seniors out of isolation, giving them a chance to thrive through different activities

Our team

Board of Directors

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Violène Gabriel

Executive Director and Founder

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Catia Céméus

President of the Board, Executive Director and Founder Kimdja Event Planning

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Véronique Semextant

Vice President
Founder and lawyer, Votre Notaire Véronique Semextant

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Audrey Ajavon

Secretary, Founder AudreySaysFashion et Aida Enterprise Inc.

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Gracita Chéri


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Grace K. Busanga

Administrator – Communications, Founder and Marketing Strategist, AvecGrace, Marketing Digital Agency

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Nadia Cétoute

Administrator – Human Resources

Sabine Monpierre

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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