» Our Team

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

Roger Gauthier

Project Lead - Saskatchewan

Roger Gauthier is a founding member of the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Network for Health Services in French) where he has been the Executive Director since September 2009.

Roger holds a degree in sociology from the University of Laval. He has extensive experience both provincially and nationally working in the field of community development with a focus on francophone communities in minority settings. His experience broadly centres on education, the early years, health promotion, and parent support services. He held the post of Executive Director of the Association des parents fransaskois (Fransaskois Parents Association) for nearly 20 years. He additionally spent time working as a radio producer for CBC’s French station, Radio-Canada.

 

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306-653-7445

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.

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306-653-7454

Erica Stevenson

Project 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.

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306-653-7454

Tracy Sentes

Project Coordinator - Saskatchewan

Tracy joined the Healthy Start team in May 2015 as a project coordinator. She is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. Upon graduating, she acted as the Food Security Coordinator with a Regina-based non-profit organization which focused on providing access to healthy food to underserved populations in Regina and surrounding area. Most recently, she was a Cancer Information Specialist with the Canadian Cancer Society where she provided cancer information and support to individuals all over Canada. Interested in professional continued competence, she is also an active member of the Professional Standards Committee of the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association.

Tracy enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, entertaining family and friends, and going for daily walks with her husband, daughter and dog.

[email protected]
306-519-3962

Nathanael Patriquin

Project Coordinator - New Brunswick

Nathanael has been working in community development, recreation and family programming for several years. He helps promote and manage community wellness initiatives throughout New Brunswick. He currently also works for the New Brunswick Association of Family Resource Centres as the Association Director. He holds a Master of Business Administration and also manages a small photography and media business.

He enjoys cooking, reading and nature walks.

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.

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306-850-4658

Healthy Start should be part of the ECE training.

- Director (SK)