Honorary Members of GAIHST are women who, through their dedication, courage and status, have helped advance the cause of workplace harassment.
The Honourable Michèle Rivet
The Honourable Michèle Rivet completed her law degree from Université de Montréal and a graduate diploma in law from Université de Paris. Mrs. Rivet was nominated as judge at the Youth Tribunal of Montreal, judge at the Court of Quebec and was the first president of the Human Rights Tribunal. We are happy that our cause has become her cause as she continues to contribute to the advancement of the “Help and Information Centre”. In 2019, she was invested into the Order of Canada, She was named honorary member in 2010.
Ms. Yvonne Séguin
Ms. Séguin, founding member of GAIHST and executive director until her retirement, is a pioneer in the defense of women’s rights who are victims of discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. She created a safe environment for women to talk about their experiences at work and helped them clarify the situation and/or problems they were experiencing in the workplace. Ms. Seguin has been actively involved in the community in the development of sexual harassment policy for employers. She was named as honorary member in 2019.
The Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé
The Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé was admitted to the Québec Bar Association in 1952. During her career, she was was appointed as a judge to the Supreme Court of Quebec (1973), to the Quebec Court of Appeal (1979) and to the Supreme Court of Canada (1987). We consider ourselves very privileged to have the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé as one of the driving forces in making the Help and Information Centre what it is today. She was named honorary member in 2005.
Maître Barbara Creary
Maître Creary a été reçue par le Barreau du Québec en 1983. Bénévole depuis 1984, elle a su guider le développement et l’évolution de l’organisme en siégeant sur notre conseil d’administration pendant plusieurs années. Durant ces années critiques, Maître Creary nous a aidé à assurer une représentation juste dans les dossiers actifs et à convaincre le gouvernement de l’importance de notre existence, permettant ainsi d’obtenir les subventions nécessaires pour continuer notre lutte contre la discrimination dans les milieux de travail. Maître Creary a été nommée membre honoraire en 2008.
Mrs. Bonnie Robichaud
Mrs. Bonnie Robichaud was the first woman in Canada to win an important case against discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Mrs Robichaud’s case went as far as the Supreme Court of Canada, who ruled in her favor. In 1987, Mrs Robichaud’s sexual harassment allegations were recognized as a form of discrimination and opened the door for all women across Canada to insist that their rights be respected. Mrs Robichaud is now retired and continues her involvement with the “Help and Information Centre” as a member of the Board of Directors. She was named honorary member in 1990.
After completing a field placement with the “Help and Information Centre”, Ms. Ducret left Quebec with the experience she acquired to pursue a career as a company training instructor to help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. She is considered an expert on sexual harassment in Switzerland. She was named honorary member in 1999.