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Christine Lafortune

When colleagues and clients speak of Christine, they use terms like “caring”, “humble”, “compassionate”, “generous”, “joie de vivre”, “role model”. As a Rehabilitation Practictioner at the Canadian Mental Health Association, she is highly revered. But her work extends beyond the offices of CMHA. She was instrumental, with the Greater Sudbury Police Service, in forming N.O.A.H (New Opportunities for Hope) Hub, a partnership of community agencies helping individuals focus on themselves and what they want from life. She has played a role in establishing the P.A.S.S. program at Sudbury Secondary School which gives students the opportunity to receive counselling rather than being sent home with a suspension. Her volunteer work in the community includes fundraising and organizing efforts for: Hike for Hospice, Relay for Life, Take Back the Night March, Board member and vice-president for Better Beginnings, Better Futures, a prevention program for high-risk communities operating in the Flour Mill/Donovan. Her assistance in fundraising for N.O.A.H.’s Space helped keep their doors open. Greater Sudbury Police Service recognized Christine’s dedication with Our Shared Commitment Award in 2015. Christine is also a mother and student, currently studying Law and Justice at Laurentian University. As one colleague put it: “accolades . . . expressed by the people that she has supported speak volumes about the remarkable impact Christine has made through . . . her acts of generosity and compassion. . . . If anyone deserves to be recognized for their advocacy, empowerment and passion for helping others in need it is definitely Christine.”

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