Each year since 2006, the French organization based in Ottawa, Regroupement Affaires Femmes (RAF) recognizes  the outstanding contributions of Black Francophone or Francophile women in the National capital region. This year, on International Women Day, Ketcia Peters and three other leaders were recognized for being outstanding leaders in our community.

The entrepreneur

Since 2012, Ketcia has been at the head of her recruiting firm DNA Staffing Corporation specializing in Diversity & Human Resources. As a professional in the field, she represents professional minorities who lack opportunities in the workplace such as black, First Nations, gay, women and French speaking, by providing equal opportunities and helping them find a career in their fields.

The regional coordinator

 In partnership with TD Bank, Ketcia is also the Regional Coordinator for the Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (BAND). This program is part of the Then and Now Black History Month series which promotes Black culture and history through the arts – locally, nationally, and internationally.

The community leader

From 2007 till recently, she also sat on the board of Black History Ottawa and continues to donate her time to the Community and Police Action Committee (COMPAC) which brings Ottawa’s diverse community and the police together to develop strategies for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict.

RAF encourages women to contribute to the well-being of the Canadian community by validating those who are actively involved in it. Over 24 black Francophone or Francophile women have so far received awards for outstanding community volunteer work. For more information on RAF, please consult their website at www.affemmes.com.

Written by Sabine Daniel

Photo Credit: Jehu Productions

 Submitted by Ketcia Peters


La 8e édition de la remise des Prix du Regroupement Affaires Femmes (RAF) présentés dans le cadre de la Journée internationale de la femme a eu lieu au Centre des arts Shenkman d’Ottawa, le samedi 8 mars 2014.
Durant ce gala animé par Barbara Laurenstin, coanimatrice de l’émission Entre nous (TV Rogers-Ottawa), on a souligné l’apport exceptionnel et  les accomplissements de quatre femmes francophones dans leur milieu professionnel et leur communauté. Les lauréates de 2014 sont les suivantes: Prix Diamant : Yvette-Yende Ashiri; Prix Étoile – catégorie aînée : Fulvie Bellevue; Prix Étoile – catégorie adulte : Ketcia Dorsainville-Peters;Prix Étoile – catégorie jeune: Melissa Rose Charles.Depuis 2006, le RAF a honoré 24 femmes francophones ou francophiles de la communauté noire d’Ottawa et de Gatineau. Cet organisme à but non lucratif a été créé par et pour les femmes noires francophones de la région de la capitale nationale. Sa mission est de motiver les femmes et leur entourage en offrant des activités sur la santé, le bien-être et l’épanouissement personnel, et de briser l`isolement des personnes âgées. Pour en savoir plus sur le RAF, veuillez consuter le site http://www.affemmes.com/
Submitted by Sarah Onyango