RAF Gala

Together for the change

RAF Gala

Together for the change

During this gala, RAF will celebrate its 47 finalists divided in nine categories; this year, two new categories were created, including one that highlights the support of black men over black women.

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the murder of the Afro-american, George Floyd, the finalists of the 12th edition of the RAF Gala of Excellence stand out as committed agents of change who are contributing to the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement in Canada, and who have so clearly demonstrated the mettle of African-Canadian Francophone girls and women.

For the first time in its history, RAF will recognize the excellence of Black Francophone and francophile girls and women right across the country, and will do so in Canada’s two official languages. It has been possible thanks to the Bilingual Ottawa program, managed by ACFO Ottawa and funded by the Government of Canada, and La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins. Dènik Dorval, Bilingual Ottawa Program’s Project Manager, is delighted with the tremendous number of finalists representing Canada’s Black Francophone community, and very much looking forward to a dazzling evening!

List of laureates of the 12th edition of

RAF Gala

List of laureates of the 2020 Gala

Succession of the year

category presented by Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Joëlle Kabisoso, Toronto, ON


category presented by Kimdja, conception et production d’événements :

Rose Napoléon, Montréal, QC

Politics and social justice

category presented by Votre Notaire Véronique Semexant

Olive Kamanyana, Gatineau, QC

Community engagement

category presented by SD Médias Inc.

Valérie Assoi, Ottawa, ON

Ally of women

Bienvenu-Olivier Ntumba, Montréal, QC ; special thank you to Greg
Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer

Sport, health and wellness

category presented by par RiNude Resale

Dania Versailles, Ottawa, ON


category presented by La Cité

Guédeline Desrosiers, Montréal, QC

Arts, media and culture

category presented by Avec Grace, agence de marketing digital :

Omayra Issa, Saskatoon, SK

Icon of the year

Yardly Kavanagh, Montréal, QC ; special thank you to Marie-France
Lalonde, Member of Parliament for Orléans

Public Award

Justine Bahita Tshula, Ottawa, ON

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Winners, Speakers and Sponsors

Previous Sponsors

2012 : Ginette Gratton
2009 : Marlène Chouloute
2018 : No sponsor
2017 : Mireille Apollon
2012 : Dominique Dennery
2013 : Valérie Assoi
2014 : Marie- Éline Lebon
2009 : Myrtha Lapierre

Previous Speakers

2008 : Jocelyne Constant
2007 : Rachel Décoste
2009 : Marlène Chouloute
2010 : Darlène Lozis
2011 : Mireille Apollon
2012 : No speaker
2013 : Valérie Assoi

Previous Emcee

2018 : Barbara Laurenstien
2012 : Ginette Gratton
2013 : Bernadette Séverin
2007-2011 : Sabine Daniel

Previous recipients

Honorary award: Violène Gabriel
New generation award: Koultoumy Diallo
Education award: Dr. Agnès Berthelot-Raffard
Arts, Media & Culture award: Stéphan Soumah
Community involvement award: Félicité Murangira
Entrepreneurship award: Djénane L. Najmanovich
Woman of gold award: Édith Francoeur
Diamond award: Jocelyne Constant

Diamond award: Dominique Donnery
Rose award: Emily Mills
Education star award: Micheca Thomas
Education award: Guerda Chervin Icart
Art, Culture and Design star award: Gasline Teresa Deslouches
Entrepreneurship and Business star award: Gwen Madiba
Community Involvement star award: Aìchatou Touré

No gala

No gala

Diamond award: Yvette-Yende Ashiri
Senior category – Star award: Fulvie Bellevue
Adult category – Star award: Ketcia Dorsainville-Peters
Youth category – Star award: Melissa Rose Charles

Under 30 star award: Daphne Alls
Adult age 30 to 64 star award: Katiana Blain
Senior category star award: Animatou Diaolo
Star award: Alexandra Samson
Diamond award: aucun récipiendaire

Under 30 star award: Christina Georges
Adult age 30 to 64 star award: Sarah Onyango
Francophile award: Brigitte Jackson
Senior over 65 star award: Cynthia Blais
Diamond award: Farat Surin

No gala

Oni – Ingrid Joseph
Darlène Lozis
Ferline Regis
Loïssa Georges
Diamond award: Maryse Birmingham

Michelle Jean-Baptiste
Jasmine Princessivil
Marceline Olivier
Edline Etienne
Diamond award: Renette Barbier

Marlène Chouloutte

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Nouvelle scène Gilles Desjardins

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Ottawa Bilingue

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