The Founder

Léonie Couture, executive director and founder

Léonie Couture has dedicated the past 30 years to the wellbeing of women and to advocacy. She has a bachelor's degree in administration from Université Laval and a complementary training in psychology development from the Université de Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

She began her professional journey as a consultant in organisational development (1976-77) before joining the Public Service Commission of Canada in Ottawa (1977-79) and then becoming associate director of nursing at the Centre hospitalier de l'Outaouais (1979-81).

In 1981, moved by her humanism and by her feminist awareness, she decides to leave the institutional field for the field of community based organizations. She worked at the Mouvement contre le viol et l'inceste (1981-87), in the field of elimination of illiteracy (1987-91) and at the Women's health center (1991-93).

In 1994, seeing that homeless women and women at risk of becoming homeless were without services suited to their needs and moved by her belief in relational health and her feminist vision that every woman has a right to dignity, justice, security and equality, she founded Herstreet.

Since then, she has been involved in many social networks and community groups of which the Fédération des femmes du Québec as board member for three years during the World March and she is presently a board member of the Société de développement social de Ville-Marie.

In June 2012, she received the title of Chevalière de l'Ordre national du Québec.