• Retirement of a remarkable figure in First Nations wellness in Quebec
Dec 05, 2018

Louise Généreux, Executive Director of the Wapan Rehabilitation Centre, is retiring after an exceptional career among the First Nations. Dynamic, visionary and innovative, Louise has worked passionately all her life to reduce suffering.

Her good listening, patience and respect for others allowed her to rise over her nearly 30-year career at Wapan, where she became a key player in the fight against drug and alcohol addiction among First Nations.

rvention intern. In 1992, she was recruited as an addiction counselor and, in January 1993, was appointed advisor-coordinator. Starting in August 1997, she was appointed interim executive director for one year and, since April 1, 2006, has occupied the position full time.

Always striving to serve her clients to her best ability, Louise continued on-the-job training, garnering a certificate in addiction from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2002 and a certificate in leadership in 2008.

Always very involved, Louise sat on several working committees. She was a member of the Table of Eight at Quebec Native Women, of the FNQLHSSC’s permanent committee on the fight against HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, the CSSS du Haut-St-Maurice’s concertation table against sexually transmitted infections, the Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec and the First Nations and Inuit Suicide Prevention Association of Quebec. She also participated in the Tournesol project and the working group of the Quebec network of First Nations treatment centre directors.

Involved in the continuous improvement of the care provided at Wapan, Louise has contributed to building a new pavilion and to two program renewals. The most recent program renewal is based on the Minnesota model, which integrates a spiritual and culture-oriented lifestyle, making it possible to include cultural and social activities in Wapan’s programming, to create jobs and to develop policies leading to Wapan’s accreditation with honourable mention.

The FNQLHSSC wishes her a peaceful and well-deserved retirement and, above all, offers its heartfelt thanks for her outstanding contribution to First Nations wellness!