WOW Ambassador: Philippe Dieudonné
Nominator: Rose Jean Baptiste
The gift of « Bonne Action »
A group of about 50 immigrant seniors in Ottawa agree that one man has made a difference in their lives. His name is Philippe Dieudonné and he has a broad smile that lights up a room.
Seniors are often isolated and lonely, and being a newcomer can make it even more challenging. “Phillipe helps us to know the country better, visit different neighborhoods and participate more actively in the community,” explains one of the seniors who range in age from 65 to 94, Rose Jean Baptiste. “He has also shone a light on the unknown faces of elder abuse, helping us to know the hidden signs of the abuse that many of us suffer, especially the psychological aspect.”
In 2002, Philippe moved to Ottawa from Haiti with his wife and young daughter. He works at the Conseil Économique et Social d’Ottawa-Carleton (CÉSOC), a non-prof