Daniel Lalande, Founder and President


Daniel Lalande is a costume designer who has worked in England, France, the United States and Canada for the past 25 years.
From 2003 to 2007 Daniel has worked with the Kupu-Kupu Foundation in Bali, Indonesia.
In 2007, the Outpost magazine chose Daniel as one of “fifteen Canadian heroes” that contributed to changing the world through his volunteer work.
He has also worked in Guatemala in collaboration with a coop aimed at Mayan women from low-income communities. In addition, he has worked with Vidya, an Indian NGO and within Pappankalan’s community he implemented an educational integration project for children and a training program in sewing and embroidery for women.
From 2008 to 2012, he lived in Brazil and worked mostly on projects for young social entrepreneurs from low-income communities with Ashoka.
Since 2013, he’s been involved in many of Give a Hand projects, providing support, workshops and expertize to a lot of organisations around the world.

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Marie-Odette Charbonneau, vice-president

equipe10Marie-Odette was born and raised in the Vendée region of France. At a very young age she had a passion for the province of Quebec. This has been her home for the last 20 years. As a businesswoman, she joined the Groupe Première Moisson in 1998 and set up three high-performing pastry bakeries with other associates.

Marie-Odette is passionate about every form of art. For example, she was an active member of the Festival Transamériques and member of the Board of the Quebec International Duo-Piano Festival’s and of the Van Grimde Corps Secrets, a contemporary dance company.

Ms. Charbonneau is known for her huge generosity and natural compassion. Although she is quite busy, she never declines an offer to help a friend, welcome a visitor to her home or to get involved in a charitable event. She always finds time!

Ms. Charbonneau is the vice-president and a member of the Board of Directors of Give a Hand.

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Monique Pelletier, secretary

equipe11After 52 years of working as an administrative assistant in many major businesses, including companies and insurance brokers, one chartered account office, one notary public office and a number of law firm offices (including the last 23 years at Fasken Martineau in Montreal), Monique Pelletier is now retired.

In addition to working as an administrative assistant, Ms. Pelletier was a co-owner of a small senior residence from 1987 to 1994.

Ms. Pelletier pays close attention to needs of others and is available to help when necessary. This natural compassion drew her to Give a Hand’s volunteer team in 2010. Additionally, she is involved in a genealogy association as a volunteer.

As part of the team, Monique assures the smooth operation of all administration matters. She is also the Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of Give a Hand.

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Julie Paquet, treasurer

equipe03Since 1976, Julie Paquet has been working as a nurse at Ste Justine Hospital in many departments such has intensive care, emergency unit, delivery unit and the dialysis clinic. She’s worked in the past as the treasurer for the nurses’ union.

Julie got involved in the school committee of her area and was also president of the Orientation council.

From 2003 to 2014, Julie was responsible and participated in the Ste Justine hospital camps for children who receive dialysis and also those who received kidney transplants.

With the Give a Hand team, Julie is working as the treasurer.

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Graduated of the University of Montreal in International Development, Ariane is passionate about cultural exchange and social justice. After making short terms mandates in Bolivia, Burkina Faso and Haiti, she lived two years in Paris, where she worked for the French Red Cross, amongst others.

Since her return, she continued her involvement in the field of international cooperation as well as in the community and advocacy sector. Ariane is responsible of monitoring the international projects of Give a Hand.

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Sophie Franchette

Sophie has a degree in international development. Adventurer, she acquired a solid field experience by traveling in Vietnam, Burkina Faso or in the Republic of Congo.

French, Sophie moved to Montreal for 2 years now. Join Give a Hand, it’s an opportunity for her to reconnect with his first love : the international causes related to education and children but also project management.

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After practising for more than 30 years as a nurse in various hospitals and as an international adoption workshop facilitator, Johanne redirected her career towards international development. She participated in ten missions in Latin America in optometry, ophthalmology and dental care.

Johanne also worked two years as a volunteer nurse in Bolivia with burned children and at the neonatal unit. Today, she works as a volunteer at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

At Monde par la main/Give a Hand, Johanne is responsible for development with our potential donors and she is also a member of the board of directors.

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Alba Delgado Bailon graduated with an MA in International Studies with a profile in International Development.

She is a very committed and passionate woman involved in her community who has been a volunteer with non-profit organizations in various humanitarian and social projects for several years.

Networking and public relations are part of her skills. After managing our social medias, Alba now occupies the event pane of Give a Hand.

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Jacques Rajotte, advisor

jacques3After a 25 years career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Fasken Martineau, Jacques decided, in 2005, to dedicate himself to improving lives of the underprivileged.

Between 2005 and 2007, he worked as a volunteer with cooperatives of weavers and coffee producers in Latin America.
In 2008, he joined Ashoka, as Director of “Housing for All” program in Brazil
From 2013 to 2015 he was the Chief Operating Officer at One Drop Foundation in Montreal.
Since 2016, Jacques is senior director of international programs for CUSO International in Ottawa.

Jacques has a degree in Law (LL.L) at the Université de Montréal, a master’s degree in international law (LL.M.) at McGill University and an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario).

Jacques brings to Give a Hand his compassion for the underprivileged, his business experience and his understanding of international development issues.

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