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Monique Beaudoin has been an advocate and activist for most of her life. She was born with a visual disability, and her advocacy began at a young age to obtain better services and improve living conditions for persons with disabilities. She most recently worked as director general of the Regroupement des associations de personnes handicapées de l’Outaouais (RAPHO), a position she held from 2006 to 2020. Her extensive experience and past employment have for the most part been devoted to raising awareness and creating positive change for the lives of persons with disabilities. Her areas of involvement include housing, employment, health, universal accessibility to municipal infrastructure, access to information and websites, and the elimination of barriers to accessibility within the regular public transportation network. She has presented conferences and provided training on the integration of persons with disabilities in the workplace, in schools and in tourism establishments. She has written numerous research reports and articles, and conducted market studies and integration analysis. Monique has been and continues to be a member of many organizations and committees, in addition to serving on numerous boards of directors, including the Regroupement des aveugles et amblyopes du Québec (RAAQ) and the Association des personnes handicapées visuelles de l’Outaouais (APHVO), as well as the Ville de Gatineau’s universal accessibility committee from 2008 to 2017. Monique has been recognized with many awards for her work and volunteer activities. In February 2015, the daily newspaper Le Droit named Monique Beaudoin “Person of the Week,” and featured an article applauding her work and many accomplishments. She was also selected as a finalist in the Individual category for the 2020 “À part entière” awards, which recognize people and organizations working to increase the social participation of people with disabilities. Monique Beaudoin holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

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