Ms. Dada Gasirabo to receive honorary diploma from Collège Boréal

Photo : CBC, décembre 2016

Photo: CBC, December 2016

Collège Boréal will be conferring an honorary diploma upon Ms. Dada Gasirabo during an upcoming graduation ceremony to be held on May 29, 2017, in Toronto.

A feminist and activist for the past 20 years, Ms. Gasirabo is currently the Executive Director of the OASIS centre des femmes in Toronto. She has also worked for Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) as the campaign coordinator for “Voisin-es, ami-es et familles”, a province-wide initiative aiming to promote public awareness of the warning signs of violence against women. Also a women’s rights activist, Ms. Gasirabo is committed to the recovery of the collective power of francophone women and the availability of French-language services.

Rwandan genocide survivor, Ms. Gasirabo has been contributing to Toronto’s immigration and integration sector since immigrating to Canada in June 1997. Ms. Gasirabo supports the integration of newcomers into Canadian society by working with the OASIS centre des femmes, the Centre francophone de Toronto (CFT), and Sojourn House.

Ms. Gasirabo is also committed to the development of community initiatives such as the Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones (MOFIF), the creation of Toronto’s first French-language women’s shelter, and the Enfance Espoir du Rwanda Foundation.

Collège Boréal congratulates Ms. Gasirabo for her valuable contribution to the welcoming and integration of newcomers to Canada as well as for her advocacy in favour of Francophone and women’s rights. She has also been a member of several boards of directors and advisory committees, including but not limited to Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), CFT, AOcVF, and FrancoQueer.

Graduation ceremonies will be held from May 16 to June 8, 2017, in a number of communities throughout the province. For a detailed list of graduation dates, times, and locations, please see Collège Boréal’s website.


“The members of the Board of Governors join me in congratulating Ms. Gasirabo for her contribution to the well-being of newcomers. She embodies the values of our great nation, including open-mindedness and respect. She is therefore an excellent role model for our graduates!”

Stéphan Plante, President of Collège Boréal’s Board of Governors

“Ms. Gasirabo’s commitment toward the welcoming and integration of newcomers contributes to their success on Canadian soil. Her compassion and tenacity, as well as her passion for gender equality and the development of the francophone community make her a great ambassador for Collège Boréal.”

Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services in 37 access centres and six campuses in 25 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!

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