Regional youth coordinators - The Road to 2017

Biographies of regional youth coordinators

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Anthony Beer
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Gaspésie

It is with great pleasure that Anthony joins the Quebec Community Groups Network’s exciting project of Young Quebecers Leading the Way. He had been teaching in the Gaspésie region for the past 3 years before joining the CASA team (Committee of Anglophone Social Action) in New Carlisle where he works in various education and health initiatives. Originally from British Columbia, he has enjoyed living in Gaspésie and being part of many exciting youth projects. Recently, with a group, he built a three-person wooden sailboat and they have begun building their second boat. Happy to join another valuable youth project, he is looking forward to the upcoming developments with the organizers, coordinators, and youth participants!

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Olivier Mutegetsi
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Provincial Capital

The civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo led Olivier Mutegetsi Ndaje to Burundi, where he lived as a refugee for 17 years. After having also experienced the war in his host country, Olivier gets involve with youth whose development and well-being were important to him. With a group of friends, he created and led a youth movement that supported the development of other young people. The movement included: facilitating workshops to enhance youth’s talents; advising on school and personal life; organizing summer camps; and setting up a library that would later become a mobile library. Within this capacity, Olivier demonstrates excellent listening and communication skills, as well as his ability to adapt to different settings and work in a team. Benefitting from the Canadian refugee resettlement program, Olivier has resumed his studies in university, and he seeks to contribute to the well-being of his new community.

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Citlalli Elizalde
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Outaouais

Born in Mexico and immigrated to Canada at the age of 11, Citlalli studies graphic design at Cégep Héritage. At the age of 18, she began working for the Regional Association of West Quebecers in the design of the board game, “Discover Outaouais,” which will be available for “Ottawa 2017”. Citlalli has participated in the organization of numerous cultural events in the region of Outaouais. Despite her young age, she is proud to be the youth coordinator for the Outaouais region. This new position is an opportunity for her to improve her own understanding of Quebec youth’s thinking process.

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Kelly Lacroix
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Kelly studied Biotechnology in Ottawa. Graduating in 2014, she moved back to her hometown of Rouyn-Noranda and started working as a laboratory technologist. She enjoys interacting with youth, and volunteers as a volleyball coach at her old high school. Having participated in the first year of the Young Quebecers Leading the Way project, she is passionate about what youth can accomplish when motivated, and is excited to be leading the Abitbi-Témiscamingue delegation this year.

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Guillaume Lévesque
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Eastern Townships

Currently undertaking a M.A in Applied Political Science, with a specialization in international and public policy, this is the second time that Guillaume is participating in the Young Quebecers Leading the Way project. He was present at the beginning of the project in Quebec City as a project assistant. His academic and personal background are distinguished by his many international experiences. Guillaume have lived and studied for 13 years of his life in various countries in South America, Africa, and Europe. Guillaume is excited to be leading the delegation in the Eastern Township as Young Quebecers Leading the Way provides him with an opportunity to improve his understanding of youth problems through the eyes of young people.

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Alice Lam
Regional Youth Coordinator for the Greater Montreal area

Alice recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her keen interest in cultural and linguistic minority populations in Canada is reflected in her past employment as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Youth Facilitator, in which she supported and engaged with the immigrant and refugee youth population in Edmonton, and in her research focus on culturally specific long-term care facilities in the Greater Toronto Area. In joining Young Quebecers Leading the Way, Alice is eager to support young Quebecers in the Montreal region and encourage them to be civically engaged.