Born and raised in Gonaives Haiti, Georgette Jacques Delinois is the ninth of a family of ten, seven sisters and three brothers. She was raised in a family where issues related to social justice and economic empowerment were discussed, addressed and dealt with frequently. Her parents, Joseph Silencieux Jacques and Victoire Saint Hillien- Jacques raised their ten biological children, many grandchildren, nieces, nephews as well as non-blood related individuals to become healthy, productive and responsible professionals.
Ms. Delinois received a Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University and is currently a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She was the Director of the Barrier Free Living Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program, a program that specializes in working with people with disabilities who are victims of abuse. Georgette worked with a variety of individuals whose life challenges include trauma related to domestic violence, mental illness, disabilities, substance abuse, difficulties managing their children’s behaviors, and homelessness. She worked as an adjunct lecturer at Pace University teaching basic interviewing and counseling skills to undergraduate students interested in becoming social workers.
Currently, she is the President Emeritus of the Haiti Solidarity Network of the North East (HSNNE), She has, for over14 years, participated in several Medical/Dental/Mental Health missions in different country sides of Haiti. She is a board member of Lamp for Haiti, a non-profit organization that provides quality free medical care and humanitarian assistance to individuals living in Cite Soleil, the most marginalized people in Haiti. Georgette is also an active parishioner of the St. Anastasia Church in Teaneck, NJ where she resides and is a member of the church’s Human Development and Social Justice, Black Catholics, Gospel groups and the St. Anastasia Haiti Support Group (SAHSG), a group which she founded and chairs after the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. The SAHSG has been supporting the Cardinal Stepinac Orphanage’ God Parenting Program, an Orphanage founded and managed by Fr. Gio in Bon Repos, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti through the Croatian Relief Services. Fr. Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest, social justice activist and the founder of the Institute of Healing of Memories in South Africa, trained Ms. Delinois. The Institute promotes healing and reconciliation in the post-apartheid years in South Africa and in different parts of the world. Ms. Delinois often co-facilitates Healing of Memories Workshops in the US, Canada and Haiti with Fr. Michael to help individuals deal with anger, guilt, hatred, reconciliation and forgiveness.
In 2009, she was the recipient of the Bishop Joseph A. Francis Award from the Office of the Black Catholics Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ and in 2013, the Francoise I. Casseus Community Leadership Award from the Haitians Unified for Development and Education (HUDE). Georgette has been married to Serge Delinois for 45 years. She is the mother of Natacha Delinois-Andrews and Juvens Delinois and is the grandmother of five “delicious” grandchildren Naja, Jaden, Anaya, Nyree, and Aria.