» Our Team

Healthy Start has a number of teams working towards this project. Meet our dynamic team members!

Frédérique Baudemont

Project Lead - Saskatchewan

Frédérique Baudemont is well-known in the Fransaskois community. In 2016, she was the Executive Director of the Association des parents fransaskois (APF), before joining the RSFS as Assistant Executive Director and finally as Director in September 2017.

She previously worked in the Canadian Public Services [RG1] as Regional Coordinator for Interdepartmental Cooperation [RG2] for the Official Languages and as a Program Officer. She was also the Executive Director of the Francophone Theater Company La Troupe du Jour.

She joined the HSDS team in September 2017.

Gabrielle Lepage-Lavoie

Project Manager - Saskatchewan

Gabrielle Lepage-Lavoie is from the Peace River region in Alberta and has been living in Saskatchewan over 16 years.  Gabrielle graduated with a bilingual degree, Bachelors ès arts at the Faculté St-Jean at the University of Alberta and completed her Business Administration certificate at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Before taking on the Healthy Start Project Manager position with the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan, Gabrielle Lepage-Lavoie was the executive director of the Fransaskois Parent Association, a provincial non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting francophone education.

Gabrielle is inspired and passionate about community development and her involvement includes volunteering and sitting on various committees. She particularly values working in the early years and in promoting new and innovative ways to encourage families to lead healthy lifestyles.

Gabrielle likes to keep herself busy walking every day, curling in the winter and biking in the summer. She and her husband are the proud parents of three teenage daughters.


Erica Stevenson

Implementation Coordinator - Saskatchewan

Erica joined the Healthy Start Team in February 2015 as Project Coordinator. She has a background in Early Learning and Childcare – ECE level 3. She has worked full-time at two childcare centres, then later working at a 24-hour emergency home with the Saskatoon Tribal Council. She has knowledge and perspective working in a childcare setting as an Educator, as well as a parent’s perspective. She has hands-on experience related to the successes and challenges of providing nutritionally balanced meal options and also with the importance of ensuring children are physically active on daily basis.

Erica is a member of the Muskoday First Nations Band. She is open to learning new cultural crafting techniques, as well as learning how to live off the land. She has a passion for being outdoors, traveling, gardening, cooking, fishing and providing healthy meal options for her family.


Rebecca Klapwyk

Implementation Coordinator - Saskatchewan

Rebecca comes from a diverse background with experience in recreational programming, children’s camps, ESL, religious and community services. She has travelled across Canada, residing in multiple communities and has decided to settle down in Saskatchewan with her husband and raise their two children here. She has a Bilingual Bachelor’s degree from the department of Multidisciplinary Studies in Health and Environment from York University’s Glendon College.  As part of her university career she completed a year of study at the Université du Quebec à Chicoutimi where she took courses in outdoor recreation programming.

Major interests include sustainability, and as a self-described plant-based foodie, she loves inventing and trying new creations that are both healthy for the body and light on the planet’s resources.  As a mother she strives to involve her children as much as possible in family life and promote physical well-being by walking or biking to run errands, bringing children outdoors by baby-wearing and hiking.


Nicole Pulvermacher

Implementation Coordinator - Saskatchewan

Nicole is a Registered Dietitian who has always called Saskatchewan home. After completing her degree with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, she went on to live and work in Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle, Yorkton, and surrounding communities. Nicole’s past roles have included health promotion, group education, staff training, and individual nutrition counselling. She loves inspiring healthy behaviour change, and sharing trustworthy, evidence-based advice.

At home in Regina, Nicole enjoys cooking simple balanced meals, reading science fiction, learning to garden, and exploring city trails by foot or by bike.


Heather Kayler

Project Coordinator - Saskatchewan

Heather Kayler grew up in a small town in southern Manitoba. She completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, with an emphasis in community nutrition. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked as a nutrition educator, teaching basic cooking skills and nutrition concepts to recent immigrants, school-aged children, mothers of young children, and many others. She enjoys working with families to “make the healthy choice, the easy choice”.

Heather lives with her husband in the hamlet of Caron, SK. She enjoys combining her love for food and travel by cooking cuisines from around the world.

Hubert Tote Alimezelli

Evaluation Coordinator - Saskatchewan

Ali is a health scientist from the University of Saskatchewan with a PhD in Epidemiology & Community Health from the College of Medicine. His research areas of interest revolve around the health of minority and vulnerable populations such as minority Francophones, the elderly, children, immigrants, refugees, Indigenous populations, and people living in poverty. Originally from Cameroon, Ali who is also a Lutheran pastor, has lived in Saskatchewan for 16 years. He is married to his beautiful wife Dominique and they have two lovely daughters, Éva-Marie & Marcelle Anne.

Kavitha Ramachandran

Parent Engagement Program Coordinator - Saskatchewan

Kavitha joined the Healthy Start team in September 2013. She is a PhD candidate in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Saskatchewan. She worked as a Nutrition Research Coordinator for the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition prior to her enrolment in PhD. Her areas of interest in research includes health and wellness of children, indigenous people, and diverse communities. She is an internationally trained dietitian who is originally from India where she received her master’s degrees in Nutrition, and Dietetics from the University of Madras.

Kavitha enjoys reading spiritual books and attending its related events, playing chess, yoga, long walks, travelling, spending time with family and friends and volunteering in the community.

Mélissa Bouffard

Communications Officer - Saskatchewan

Mélissa joined the Healthy Start team in early February 2014. Originally from Québec, Mélissa has been living in Saskatchewan since 2008 during which time she has worked for several francophone organizations based out of Regina, including the French Historical Society of Saskatchewan (Société historique de la Saskatchewan) and the Cooperation Council of Saskatchewan (Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan). With a bachelor’s degree in History furthered by a master’s in History and Multimedia from the University of Sherbrooke, Mélissa brings expertise in several different areas of interest, including teaching and communications.

Mélissa enjoys reading and learning about mostly everything (news, fiction and litterature, etc.) and has a passion for social medias. She also enjoys yoga and going for walks.


We’ve started using whole grain flour!

- Educator (SK)