Jean-François has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. A financial advisor by training, he is director of North American retirement programs for a multinational manufacturing company. Passionate about education and financial security, he does not hesitate to get involved in causes that are close to his heart.
Stéphanie Dubé-Desrosiers is a lawyer in a law firm in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region where she practices primarily in business law. Former participant of a year program in Australia, Stéphanie is actively involved in the AFS organization. His experience has been his gateway to the international arena, which has led her to participate in numerous international projects, study abroad sessions and to work for several years on a project to support training in natural resource management in the Congo Basin led by Université Laval.
Sylvain Berthiaume has a master’s degree in economics from the Université de Sherbrooke and has worked in the field of economic development since 1994. In 2006, he was appointed Director General of the MRC de Marguerite-D’Youville. For several years, Sylvain has been involved in the implementation of major projects on the RCM’s territory, namely the regional logistics hub, near the future Port of Montreal facilities in Contrecœur and the Société d’économie mixte de l’est de la Couronne Sud (SÉMECS).
Valérie-Kim Besner is currently Change Management administrator for Eastern Canada at Canada Post. She has over 20 years of experience in team mobilization, internal/external communications and change management. His professional background has been put to use in various advertising agencies and public and private companies.
She also sits on the board of directors of the Joseph-François-Perrault School Foundation, which provides financial support for the renowned music program.
I was a participant in the AFS Community Service program in Colombia in 1996. I lived with a family and worked on a community farm for 7 months. I loved my experience! Upon my return, I actively participated as a trainer in the orientations of Canadian and international participants until 1998, when I left Montreal to work abroad. I also worked for 4 months in 1997 in the AFS Honduras office where I developed and supervised the Community Service internship projects in that country.
Having become a mother of 3 children and having returned to Montreal, I wanted to get involved again with AFS. Since 2015, I have been a member of the scholarship committee and have conducted selection interviews with families and young people on the Montreal committee. I was also an advisor to a Finnish participant. I am currently hosting a young German girl with whom my daughter lived in the fall as part of the Azimut exchange program. My daughter is looking forward to leaving with AFS after high school in a year.
On the professional side, I have been a real estate broker since 2008 in Montreal. I have taken a break from brokerage over the past 2 years to complete mandates in the field of philanthropy at Mcgill University and Jean-Eudes College. I returned to full-time brokerage at the beginning of this year. Before working as a broker, I was for a long time a project manager for international cooperation programs.
François Le May
A dynamic and bilingual professional manager and accountant, François Le May has nearly 30 years of diversified experience in administration, finance and accounting in the areas of charity management, training and professional services. He currently works for an architectural firm in Montreal as Director of Administration and Human Resources. Prior to that, he worked for more than 10 years in charitable organizations as Director of Administration where he was responsible for reporting to regulatory bodies.
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Previous AFS participant in 1998-1999 in Saint Lucie, Sylvain volunteered with AFS Interculture Canada at the end of his college studies in radiotherapy at the end of 2003. Initially, his involvement was in training young from Quebec to prepare them for the intercultural experience they are about to live. One thing leading to another, he played the role of mentor, evaluation of future host families and young students and welcomed 3 young people into his family. Since 2015, he has sat on the Board of Directors of AFS Interculture Canada.