Biographies of regional youth coordinators
Sophie St-Laurent has long been working with the young and not so young through her implication in several local and international projects. In Canada, she has been coordinating and running the academic chapter of the Journées québécoises de la solidarité internationale en Outaouais since 2012. Previously, she had been involved within the Canadian Council on Africa as a business and economic development assistant. She has also been involved in the Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala. Internationally, Sophie has acquired experience through several events and internships. She has been part of the World Social Forum on peace and human security (2014) in Bosnia and Herzegovina; she also spent some time in Peru for a field research and a month in Guatemala (2014), volunteering in an orphanage. She has also been working at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau since 2009. Sophie holds a bachelor degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa and she is currently doing a master degree in International Development and Global Studies at the same university.
Provincial Capital Region
Frédéric completed his studies in History at the University of Laval in Quebec City. He has worked in several organizations that promote Canadian history, including the National Battlefields Commission on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City and with Veterans Affairs Canada in Vimy, France. Frédéric’s main interest lies with youth and their civic engagement and is currently completing his Masters in Planning and Regional Development at the University of Laval.
Greater Montreal Area
Passionate about social issues, Eva has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She also completed a Certificate in Immigration and ethnic relations. Environment and sustainable development are major concerns for her: she recently worked as an environmental awareness officer at Écoquartier Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, a Montreal-based program in environmental education. She is about to complete a graduate-level microprogram in Environmental education and sustainable development at Laval University. Eva has also gained experience in intercultural intervention during her job as a preschool education advisor at COOSEMAV, in Ecuador. Having worked for two years as a social intervener at Tandem, she has also developed group intervention skills.
Mara McCallum has been active in the Quebec theatre scene for the past five years. Her involvement includes performance, production, and design. In 2014 she co-founded Millwright Theatre through which she presented her popular signature production, Bah and Masai, in which she cast local young people. On the Board and Strategic Planning Committee for Theatre Wakefield, Mara recruited and trained young actors who continue to experience interesting opportunities in the field, and are gaining recognition. Since 2009, she has worked at Fairbairn House Heritage Center as Tourist Guide and Historical Interpreter of the Lower Gatineau Region of Quebec. She also lent her special expertise as Events Coordinator. Mara has worked as an art workshop facilitator at elementary schools in the Outaouais and has also created and delivered her own improvisational workshops for private organizations. She is currently teaching a children’s theatre program through the Wakefield-La Pêche Centre and working as Coordinator for the Fairbairn House Heritage Centre. She holds a diploma in Liberal Arts from Heritage College.
An active member in her community, Holly McMillan has experience recruiting and coordinating youth to help foster their involvement in a wide range of activities. As a Recruiter/Coordinator for the Canada Games Project with Townshippers’ Association, Holly recruited youth participants from across Quebec to participate in a Volunteer Homestay Program where participants traveled to Sherbrooke to volunteer at the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Games and explore the Eastern Townships through a variety of fun cultural activities. She also visited local youth centres, youth groups, and school activities to help local youth get involved in a major event in their community and help promote youth engagement. Holly is involved as a committee member at the Memphremagog CLC, an organization that has several youth-oriented projects and intergenerational components, and has volunteered at many youth-oriented community events. Holly holds a BA in Sociology and a BA in French from Bishop’s University.
Jessica has been the Communications Agent at Neighbours Regional Association of Rouyn-Noranda since 2012. Shortly after graduating from Northern College Applied Arts and Technology with a diploma in Social Service Work, Jessica started working within her community. Currently, she is responsible for and works with students, families and seniors.
Jessica has a background engaging youth through various programs. She runs the Expressing Ourselves through Music and Arts program which encourages youth to express their creativity. She has also worked in collaboration with Alison Maynard from the Quebec Community Groups Network promoting the 2014 Vote it Up campaign, which encouraged youth to get out and vote during the Quebec provincial election. Jessica has also given various presentations at the local English school promoting students’ knowledge of healthy lifestyles as well as participating in Literacy Day, where she went as far as dressing up as a book character to help endorse reading.