Your Board Members

Youth serving youth : The Conseil Jeunesse’s board of directors

Seven people between the ages of 14 and 25 are elected at the annual general meeting by the youth council’s members (the participants of all CJFCB activities during year). They are elected for 1 or 2 years and are responsible for developing the CJFCB’s vision and policies, and of ensuring the presence and involvement of the French-speaking youth of British Columbia at provincial, interregional and national levels. As well as being visionaries, these young people give short and long terms directions to the CJFCB which are then executed by its employees.

You can contact your representatives (based on age group) at [email protected] or in filling out our registration form for your project ideas or with your comments and suggestions to help the CJFCB’s activities evolve!

Yann Lacoste – President

A proud franco-British Columbian with French and Québecois roots, Yann is now in his 6th year as a board member and has been an active participant in the Conseil Jeunesse’s activities since he was 12. A big fan of francophone activities across the whole planet, he is always looking for new friends, dishes, experiences and adventures.

Rachel Delorme – Vice-President

Rachel is a British Columbian Francophone and has been a member of the Youth Council since 2010. She graduated from Brooks high school in Powell River. She has also attended the schools Gabrielle-Roy and Jules-Verne. She is currently finishing her last year at Simon Fraser University, where she is completing a joint major in Psychology and Criminology. She also works as a waitress in a French restaurant.

Thanks to the CJFCB’s events, Rachel began to take pride in her Francophone culture. This incredible organization gave her so much and for this reason, she wanted to involve herself within the board of directors, in order to give back to her community.

Her vision for the future of the CJFCB is very ambitious. She wants the events to reach as many Francophone youth as possible. Additionally, she wants youth in BC to take more pride in their language and culture. She sincerely believes that the CJFCB is accomplishing this already, but wants to see even more progress!

Marianne Kobenter – Treasurer

Bridget Stringer-Holden - Representative for 19-25

Bridget lives on the Sunshine Coast and has been actively involved in the Conseil Jeunesse’s activities since 2016. She loves to travel and found a passion for journalism. She’s currently studying communications and wishes to become a journalist who has the chance to work in all three of her languages.

As well as journalism, Bridget has also travelled extensively and loved every minute of it. She plays a variety of instruments, some better than others, and likes songwriting in her spare time.

Living in a primarily anglophone community, Bridget is always looking for opportunities to practice her French and found a family at the CJFCB. Their activities are a way for her to practice her French, while also discussing issues and having fun their other assortment of activities.

Dominique Charlebois - Representative for 19-25

Dominique is French Canadian and a member of the B.C. Francophone Youth Council since 2009. The first CJFCB event in which she was a participant was the B.C Francophone Youth Parliament (PJFCB).

She graduated from l’école Victor-Brodeur and from Belmont Secondary School in Victoria. She studies Computer Science at the University of Victoria.

Dominique participates in Youth Council events, such as the PJFCB, the JFCB, the SAGA and the LIFC. She has also participated in the PFCNO (North-Western Francophone Youth Parliament). She hopes that the CJFCB will continue to grow, develop and improve.
Dominique loves biking, photography, programming and graphics.

She graduated from Victor-Brodeur and Belmont Secondary School. She now studies Computer Science at the University
of Victoria.

Dominique enjoys participating in the CJFCB activities such as PJFCB, JFCB, SAGA, and LIFC. She has also participated in PFCNO. She hopes that the CJFCB will continue to grow and improve.

Dominique enjoys biking, photography, programming, and graphic design.

Ashton Ramsay - Representative for 14-18

Ashton is a Franco-Colombian and has been a member of the Conseil jeunesse since 2013. He recently graduated from l'École Pionniers-de-Maillardville in Port Coquitlam and has also attended École Gabrielle-Roy. Currently, he is pursuing his post-secondary studies in Arts and Entertainment Management at Capilano University.

It is thanks to the events of the CJFCB that Ashton is proud of his Francophonie. He is now very involved within the francophone community of British Columbia, whether as secretary on the Board of Directors for les Jeux de la francophonie canadienne (Canadian francophone games) 2020 in Victoria or as the founder of his own project, the Calendrier francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (Francophone Calendar of British Columbia).

Outside of his community involvement, you can find Ashton in the forest, at the theatre or taking pictures with his camera.

Emma Dreher - Representative for 14-18

Beginning her fourth year as a representative of the region of Prince George for the Francophone Youth Network, Emma seized the opportunity to become one of two representatives of 14 to 18 year olds within the board of directors of the Youth Council. Her involvement in the Network, the PJFCB, the SAGA, and the Fusion forum, to name a few, gave her plenty of tools necessary to fill her role.

Living in an isolated region and studying in a linguistically heterogeneous school, Emma has a unique perspective which allows her to ensure that the needs of all youth are adequately met. She believes that this is a promising time for the CJFCB, and she looks forward to being included and involved in the growth of this organization.

She will soon be leaving her hometown and will ideally be studying in the French Cohort Program at Simon Fraser University. When asked what she wants to do later on, she says that a career in writing will make her happy. When she isn’t busy studying, she spends her time writing, drawing, or cuddling her cat, Pandora.