Régine Alende Tshombokongo
Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Régine Alende Tshombokongo works tirelessly to improve immigrant women’s lives in Quebec. In 1998, she founded the Centre d’encadrement pour jeunes femmes immigrantes. It encourages young immigrant women in Montreal to recognize and highlight their talents while also empowering them to contribute to Canadian society. After living in South Africa for a few years, Régine Alende immigrated to Canada in 1997 and immediately felt the need to get involved in causes related to immigrant women. At the time, the needs in that area were—and continue to be—glaring. Ms. Tshombokongo served on a committee that advised the Quebec government on maximizing its funding for projects that would improve the lives of the province’s women and girls. She served as an advocate for the Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women’s Placer l'égalité au cœur de la diversité program. The program helps immigrant girls learn about gender equality and adapt to life in their new communities. In addition, she actively takes part in various committees at the regional, national, and international levels. Ms. Tshombokongo has a master’s degree in cognitive linguistics from Université Laval and a master’s degree in literature from the National University of Zaire. She has also received numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Government of Quebec’s Prix Égalité, and the Meritas award from the RQuODE for her project aimed at immigrant women looking to improve their childcare skills to open their own daycares.
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