Regional Youth Coordinators

Biographies of regional youth coordinators

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Ashley Renouf
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Gaspésie

Ashley first started working with youth during 2009 in formal learning environments for five consecutive years. In 2015, she decided she wanted to work with youth in a different setting, so she became part of the Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA) team as a PAÉLÉ coordinator (Programme d’aide à l’éveil à la lecture et à l’écriture dans les milieux défavorisés) in collaboration with Eastern Shores School Board. Ashley continues to work at CASA as a youth coordinator and also works with families as the Parent-Child Mother Goose coordinator. Above all, Ashley feels that the youth of the Gaspé should thrive in citizen participation roles, while feeling proud of where they come from.

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Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Provincial Capital

With an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Public Affairs, Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau currently hosts her own radio show, Les dessous féminins, on CISM radio. With her involvement in the Jeune Conseil de Montréal and the Parlement jeunesse du Québec, Eugénie brings with her an expertise in youth-lead programs.

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Gabriel D’Astous
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Outaouais

Gabriel has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in political science and history from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He was involved in a number of student movements both in Québec and in Vancouver. While at university, he managed to politicize his campus and revitalize his student association’s general assembly. During the summer of 2015, he facilitated a number of discussions about Quebec history and politics with young university students at Trois-Pistol’s French second language school. Gabriel was also a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation at the United Nation’s climate talks held in Paris.

 

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Kathryn Nemcsok
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Kathryn started working with youth following her Rotary Exchange to Germany in 2006, after which she was a mentor for other exchange students. As the current teacher of the Expressing Ourselves through Music and Arts program in Rouyn-Noranda, she has a weekly interaction with youth encouraging them to pursue their creativity through music. Kathryn has an undergraduate degree in Criminology from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, and as a proud Canadian, she is excited to lead the youth of her region, and help them realize the significance of Canada’s past, present, and future.

 

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Marie Anne Sylvestre-Loubier
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Eastern Townships

Originally from Sherbrooke, Marie Anne is currently pursuing her studies in political science at the University of Sherbrooke. She is very interested in the study of political issues and reforms. She recently completed an internship, through the Quebec sans frontières program, in Peru, focused on engaging youth in politics. During her internship, she also facilitated youth leadership workshops. She believes her new role as youth coordinator will be a stimulating challenge and she is proud to be a part of the team.

 

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Tanya-Michelle Contente
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Greater Montreal area

Born in Montreal with parents from Portugal, Tanya-Michelle has practiced ballet for over 20 years. As youth-president of the Azorean Community Center of Quebec, she has been involved in community development in Brazil and McGill University edX. Tanya-Michelle completed an Undergraduate degree double-major from Concordia University in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies and Political Science. She also recently completed a micro-program MBA Certificate in Leadership and Management from the John Molson School of Business. After participating in the 2015 Young Quebecers Leading the Way project, Tanya-Michelle is excited to be the 2016 Montreal regional youth coordinator.