Last November 3, Fliippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, highlighted the courage of Jean-Claude Puati, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo who now works as a cook in the kitchen at Hôpital Notre-Dame.
After fleeing Congo, Puati spent 7 years in temporary accommodations in South Africa before coming to Montréal in 2015 as a sexual minority refugee. For him, this was the beginning of a new life full of hope.
Puati started a vocational training program at École des métiers de la restauration et du tourisme de Montréal and completed an internship in food services at Hôpital Notre-Dame. The CHUM then hired him as a cook last April.
Jean-Marc Riverin, his supervisor and head of Hôpital Notre-Dame’s food services, also attended the event: “Not only is Jean-Claude a great example of integration into Québec society, but he’s also an extraordinary model; it’s like he’s always lived here!”
Jean-Claude, Jean-Marc Riverin and many of their colleagues will soon be joining the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. The CHUM would like to thank them for their contribution and wish them all success.