Kathy Roach named Laureate of Black History Month 2024

Kathy Roach
Kathy Roach

Kathy Roach, a community worker in our CIUSSS’s Healthy Schools Program, has been named a Laureate of Black History Month by the Round Table, a non-profit organization.

As part of the group’s tribute to the rich diversity of Quebec’s Black communities, Ms. Roach is featured in a video and a 2024 calendar that shines the spotlight on those who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields.

For more than three decades, Ms. Roach has encouraged and empowered children, adults and seniors in the Black English-speaking community, notably, in her work at CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges.

In particular, her inspirational efforts with youths in various programs—involving community partners such as the Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association—has been praised for opening the way for future generations of leaders.

“I am a woman who dreams huge—and I tell young people to do just that,” says Ms. Roach. That means not only striving for excellence, she explains, but “being bold and embracing everything and more, with enthusiasm and joy.”

As a Black History Month honouree, Ms. Roach was invited to sign the golden book at Montreal City Hall, where she met Mayor Valérie Plante. Ms. Roach also distinguished herself this past November, receiving an award for her “outstanding services and contributions” at the Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association 50th Anniversary Gala event. In addition, during Black History Month last year, she was named a Black Changemaker by the CBC, and in 2022, she was recognized by Mayor Mitchell Brownstein for her contribution as a community partner of the City of Côte-Saint-Luc to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She says the support of our CIUSSS has helped her accomplish her goals. “The CIUSSS really allowed my dreams to become reality. I was blessed on my journey with managers who believed in me. And if your managers are open, willing and supportive, you can do anything.”

“Grateful” and “humbled” by her Black History Month honour, she says she never sought recognition for what she did. “I just wanted to pay it forward … and there’s more to come.”