Rémi Marien – Executive Director
It was the taste of adventure that brought Rémi to B.C. in 2009. His love of being engaged in his community is what has made working at the Conseil Jeunesse so enjoyable for him since 2010! He has a diploma in business management and in his work he is inspired daily by the creativity and energy of the young francophones of B.C.!
Sophie Audet – Activities and Leadership Coordinator
Sophie joined the Youth Council team in 2012. After studying physiotherapy in Québec and working as an outdoor guide for three years in Powell River, her heart finally led her to the Youth Council.
Since her arrival, she has brought a variety of projects to fruition, ranging from the facilitation of Leadership Apprenticeships and the creation of École en Santé, to the coordination of the Youth Network. For the past two years, Sophie has coordinated all the programs related to schools with a fabulous team that’s growing every year.
Passionate about experiential education, youth development, and French within minority communities, Sophie found within the Youth Council, an ideal environment where she could combine these passions and demonstrate that education is not only confined to the classroom.
Outside of the Youth Council, Sophie has been coordinating the Conseil Scolaire Francophone’s (Francophone School Board) International Trips for the past three years. In her free time, you can find her riding her road bike or planning her next trip or outdoor adventure!
Marion Postic - Communications Coordinator
Having arrived in Vancouver in 2014 with a one-year working holiday permit, Marion is very happy, three years later, to be continuing to thrive in British Columbia.
Studying media and communications in Paris, Marion was initially interested in political communications and the relationships between media, politics and justice. After her university studies and many experiences working within various media groups and enterprises, she realized the importance of using communications within non-profit organizations that work hard to make a difference.
Marion subsequently joined the National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL), the administrative regulatory body tasked with protecting privacy in France. Surrounded by inspiring and hard-working people in an enriching work environment for almost three years, it is with a heavy heart that Marion left the CNIL to come to Vancouver.
Upon her arrival in Vancouver, Marion discovered the Francophone community and the Francophone youth of British Columbia, thanks to the Youth Council which she joined in 2014. Touched by the issues present in linguistic minority communities, she has been involved with this cause now for three years.
Passionate about travelling and nature, Marion is very engaged with the cause of animal rights and volunteers with the BCSPCA.
Ania Rezala - Event coordinator
Ania comes from the Alps in France, where she practiced biathlon from a young age. At the age of 14, she quickly developed a taste for travelling after going to Finland for a sports and linguistic exchange with her biathlon club.
After her Masters of Communications and Marketing, she gained experience in event coordination at the Winter X Games, an international extreme sports competition.
She later went to England in order to gain a better understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture and to further concentrate her efforts on large-scale event planning for the Hilton.
In 2016, one of Ania’s biggest dreams came true: travelling to Canada to explore new landscapes. After numerous trips and wonderful encounters, Ania wished to involve herself within the Francophone community in order to go back to her roots and her identity: her Francophone culture.
As a reliable worker, Ania always carries out her projects, from beginning to end, with a great attention to detail. Her curiosity, her ambition, and her passion for life allow her to organize high-quality events within the Youth Council. She very successfully carried out the challenge of organizing the 25th anniversary of the JFCB! Ania is now focused on planning the 20th edition of the PJFCP and the 26th edition of the JFCB.
Noémie Bencteux - Project Coordinator
Noémie arrived in Vancouver and to the Youth Council in February 2017. She studied Sociology and Ethnology in France, Turkey and Canada. Noémie was particularly interested in the dynamics of power and domination that exist between groups and within them. She thus focused on the theme of migration and development in France, in a context when tensions were high on this issue. While working to spread awareness to young college students on this issue and directly collaborating with West-African migrants, she decided that she would like to keep working towards improving this situation in the future.
Although passionate about the subject, she travelled to Vancouver in order to discover the Canadian West Coast. One week after her arrival, she joined the Youth Council to help the minority Francophone community to keep thriving. She really enjoys promoting and fostering Francophone identity for young people, especially when she works on projects that emphasize youth engagement.
Outside of work, Noémie is passionate about sailing, hiking and the protection of the environment. She hopes to make her way to Tahiti on her boat soon, before returning to British Columbia to continue advocating for issues that are close to her heart.
Élizabeth Soucy - Youth event coordinator
Born and raised in Montréal, Elizabeth always hoped to experience adventures which would take her out of her comfort zone. After high school, during which she involved herself in every committee available, Elizabeth continued her studies at the Conservatoire Lassalle in the field of Communications. After two years at this school, rich in knowledge and experience, she moved to Québec City for her bachelors in Public Relations.
Despite her profound attachment to her native province, she felt the desire to go elsewhere. Hardly one month after the start of the Fall term, Élizabeth found the Youth Council’s job posting and knew immediately what must be done. Less than three weeks later, she was 5000km away from home working as an event project agent for the organization.
Élizabeth lives off passion and culture. She consumes music, shows, plays, and loves to travel. Between her days at the office and her distance education, Élizabeth loves discovering Vancouver and its surrounding areas. She plans on travelling to the West Coast of the United States after the end of her contract with the Youth Council and getting some time in the sun before returning to Québec!
Guillaume Daniel - Youth event coordinator
After studying sociocultural animation and volunteering for 9 months in Poland, Guillaume worked and invested his time in various youth associations.
Before coming to Canada, Guillaume worked for 3 years in a youth information organization. It was a space for youth between the ages of 15 and 30, where he provided information and guidance to youth in their various paths forward: studies, housing, youth engagement, health, leisure, and international opportunities… The European Volunteer Service was very close to his heart as it had allowed him to experience a unique 9-month volunteering experience in Poland a few years earlier. Convinced of the value of such experiences, Guillaume accompanied many young French people in their projects abroad and supported many other young Europeans in their volunteering projects in France.
Youth engagement is not only work for Guillaume, it is a passion which he hopes to share and fulfill this passion at the Youth Council. After coordinating the Leadership Apprenticeships and Rencontre ma Francophonie, he is focusing his energy and experience on helping Francophone youth in British Columbia to involve themselves within their schools, and giving them the practical tools to help improve their schools.
Guillaume is passionate about travelling and intends on meeting many new people and discovering more of Canada.
Karolane Cliche - Youth event coordinator
Freshly graduated from a Bachelors in Communications from Université Laval (Québec), Karolane joined the Youth Council team in May 2016. She left Québec on a whim to pursue new adventures in Vancouver.
Throughout her time in university, Karolane held many student positions as an editor and translator for the Government of Québec. She also did communications apprenticeships at Polytechnique Montréal and Salon international de l’auto de Québec. It was a semester abroad in Edinburgh (Scotland) that gave her the desire to discover different regions of the world, beginning with Vancouver.
Her position as a coordinator for the program “Langues et Travail” led her to discover the Francophone community in British Columbia. This experience was very revealing, as she had had to make a difficult decision between studying to teach French or communications. The Youth Council allows her to bring together her passions for French, youth and event coordination. Karolane had the chance to take part in many projects, including the establishment of Empreintes (B.C.) and Crescendo. She is currently working on the second edition of Crescendo which will take place in February 2018.
Karolane welcomes every experience as an opportunity to step up and help her community. Outside of work, she is passionate about music and sports. While music accompanies her everywhere she goes, she also regularly practices soccer and yoga. Eternally curious, she will always be eager for more opportunities to learn and discover.