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Ghislain Dubeau elected president of the Association des bénévoles de l’Hôpital Montfort

Ottawa, August 29, 2023 – Montfort, Ontario’s Francophone academic hospital, announces the election of Ghislain Dubeau as president of the Association des bénévoles de l’Hôpital Montfort (ABHM). He assumed the position on June 21, 2023, succeeding Adèle Copti-Fahmy, who had held the position since 2015.

Originally from Vanier, and born at Montfort, this is not Ghislain’s first involvement with the team. During his university studies in the 80s, he worked as a junior cook in the hospital’s kitchens. In 1997, he joined the SOS Montfort movement to save the hospital from closing, and has been a volunteer at Hôpital Monfort since 2017.

Ghislain collaborates with several sectors at the hospital, including Emergency, Endoscopy, Orthopaedics and the Surgical Room. His career at the hospital has also involved training new volunteers on the team. He has sat on the Board of Trustees of the ABHM for two years, and was awarded the 2022 Volunteer of the Year medal, bestowed as a tribute to the commitment and contribution of an exceptional volunteer. 

An experienced professional, Ghislain has devoted most of his career to planning and organizing international initiatives, both in Canada and abroad. Through his work in several government departments, including Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Heritage Canada, as well as on the Canadian Olympic Committee, Ghislain has highly-honed skills in the recruitment, training and mobilization of thousands of volunteers. He is recognized for his humanity and strategic insight.

Actively involved in his community, Ghislain also has extensive and varied experience in governance, having sat on various boards, in particular in the areas of health, social services and the francophonie, as well as in the cultural and sports milieus.

“I’m entering this mandate with enthusiasm and determination,” said Ghislain. “I know that I’ll be supported by an excellent and brilliant team, be it by the members of the Association, the Board of Trustees and the team at the Volunteer Service.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Ghislain to this position,” said Dominic Giroux, President and CEO of Montfort. “I’d also like to thank Adèle Copti-Fahmy for her sustained commitment for many years as head of the Association. The entire Montfort team is pleased to be able to count on the extraordinary contribution of our volunteers, day after day, and, above all, that this wonderful relationship is ongoing. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

About Montfort

Montfort is Ontario’s Francophone academic hospital, offering exemplary person-centred care. The hospital serves over 1.2 million people in Eastern Ontario, in both official languages. In 2022, Montfort earned, for the third time, Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada, and is the first to be designated Francophone host as a Best Practices Spotlight Organization (BPSO) by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

With its main partners, University of Ottawa and Collège La Cité, as well as other post-secondary programs, Montfort is preparing the next generation of Francophone healthcare professionals. Since 2015, it has ranked among Canada’s top 40 research hospitals through  the activities of the Institut du Savoir Montfort, its knowledge institute. Montfort is aiming to become “your hospital of reference for outstanding services, designed with your and for you.” In 2019, it was named one of the world’s top 1000 hospitals.

About the Association des bénévoles de l’Hôpital Montfort

The Association des bénévoles de l’Hôpital Montfort represents the volunteers who contribute to offering an exceptional experience to patients and their loved ones, as well as to the members of staff, at Hôpital Montfort and at the Aline-Chrétien Health Hub, in Orléans. Since its creation, the Association has been supporting Montfort’s initiatives and projects—through the presence and commitment of its volunteers, and financially, through the income generated by the hospital’s gift shop and fundraising activities.

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