Board of Directors
A runner-up for the QCGN's Young Quebecers Leading the Way award in 2017, Malcolm Lewis-Richmond is a linguistics student interested in building bridges between the English and French-speaking communities. After graduating from bilingual programs in high school and in Cegep, Malcolm acknowledged the need to adequately represent linguistic minority communities. An experienced political organizer, Malcolm brings his experience in leadership, campaign strategy, governance, communications and advocacy work to the table.
Jonathan was born on Entry Island, Québec and is bilingual. He graduated high school in 2006 on the Gaspé coast and completed his Bachelor of Business Administration, double majoring in statistics and tourism management. Jonathan is a volunteer organist, lay reader, and Church Warden at All Saints’ Memorial Church, Entry Island, where he conducts services of public worship and the music during services. Jonathan currently works on various projects for tourism development on the Îles de la Madeleine and fishes lobster with his father during lobster fishing season. One of his favorite quotes is from Rumi, and it reads, “let the beauty we love, be what we do”. When there is passion behind the work we do, it fuels us to work for the change we believe is possible. Jonathan’s life and career have been driven by a strong passion to alleviate the struggles other face as a minority and he is excited to be a part of enacting that.
Hayley is a graduate of the business administration program at Bishop's University and is a member of the board of directors for Youth for Youth Quebec. She has a strong sense of belonging to her community and hopes that with this group, other English-speaking youth will feel more engaged with Quebec Society. She is involved with the Pontiac Agricultural Society and Alpha Phi. She was previously the Ambassador of the Shawville Fair. In 2018, Hayley was honored with the QCGN Young Quebecers Leading the Way award for her extensive record of cummunity service.
Jessica Walker was born and raised in Gaspésie. Growing up in a predominantly English household, she studied in English for the duration of her life within the province of Quebec. At the age of 17, Jessica moved to Montreal to further her education. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and a Degree in the blue-collar workforce as a welder/fitter. While in Gaspésie, she has always been involved in the community, demonstrated by her extensive involvement in raising money through organizations such as UNICEF, Jump Rope for Heart, 30-Hour Famine, and Terry Fox Foundation. She has returned to Gaspésie, and since then has volunteered with Family Ties and The Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA), which are both youth and family oriented organizations. Her goal is to get involved with the youth of Gaspésie to be able to communicate, understand, and to help voice their concerns, on their behalf, in order to find ways to achieve sustainable solutions to improve quality of life and provide opportunities. She looks forward to creating a liaison position for Y4Y Quebec, and the services within the region, in hopes of making information more accessible to the public, as well as creating a better networking platform for the English speaking youth throughout Quebec.
Director of Communications
Gabriela Navarrete received her BA from Concordia University in Political Science and is on the board of directors for Y4Y Quebec. Her involvement stems from her interest in youth engagement, community participation and Quebec society. Her experiences range from being a leader for the Girl Guides of Canada, a participant in QCGN initiatives and part of the executive committee for an inter-university political analysis journal. Additionally, she has volunteered for the United Nations Association of Canada and the International Political Science Association. She hopes to play a role in uniting the English and French-speaking communities on both a professional and personal level.
Director of Membership
Shae-Lynn Roberts was raised on the Lower North Shore of Quebec and has always been deeply attached to its 15 small communities. She left the region to attend post-secondary education at Heritage College in Gatineau for two years and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in environmental science at McGill University. Shortly after finishing her degree, Shae-Lynn had the privilege to move back to the Lower North Shore and work in her field of study at the Coasters Association, a local Non-Profit. It is because of her continuous engagement with the English speaking community, as a student and as a resident of the Lower North Shore, that Shae- Lynn has become so passionate for the Y4Y-Quebec group. Shae-Lynn has a strong network along the region and has access to the youth of the Lower North Shore and the challenges they face, including an understanding of what living in an urban setting means. Shae-Lynn Roberts’ acquired skill set will lend experience and dedication in this leadership position moving forward. She is very optimistic for the future of the English speaking community’s prosperity in Quebec.
Director of Outreach
After actively participating in many student-led non-profit organizations at Concordia University, Alexander graduated with a BA in Sociology in 2012. From there, he briefly was a high school substitute teacher in Iqaluit, NU, before returning to Montreal and joining the Youth Employment Services (YES Montreal) team as Special Events and Fundraising Coordinator. Throughout the years, Alexander has found joy in community building and non-profit work, volunteering with the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation as Director of Logistics and with the charitable branch of Hockey Canada. In 2015, Alexander was honored with the inaugural QCGN Young Quebecers Leading the Way award. He is currently a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves as a Lieutenant with the Canadian Grenadier Guards.
Director of Policy
Born and raised in Montreal, Edward has been active in local community organizations since his high school days. After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill in 2014, he chose to continue this involvement as a manager for various community programs at YMCA centres in his hometown. Aside from that, he also has experience teaching English to new immigrants at the House of Friendship in Montreal. As of 2018, he is in the midst of a career switch, and is training to become an airline pilot. Having received his Commercial Pilot License in August of that year, he is adamant on remaining active in the community as he pursues advanced flight training. In light of this, he chose to join Y4Y Quebec that same month, since he has long held an interest in helping English-speaking youth in Quebec overcome challenges specific to their community, such that they may play a more active role in all domains of Quebec society.
Funders and Supporters
We would like to thank our partners for their generous contributions to Y4Y Quebec. Without them, our work would not be possible:
In December 2016, a group of English-speaking youth came together and reflected on their status within Quebec’s political landscape. At a time when many of our friends and colleagues have expressed feeling like second-class citizens, and feeling as if they would be better welcomed in a predominantly English-speaking province, we felt something needed to be done to strengthen the links that join English-speaking youth across Quebec - to make this multi-faceted linguistic community feel at home. A plethora of community organizations offer services in English to young people, and with a youth network, we could promote these services, all while offering our own programming and advocacy work to strengthen our community.
In March 2017, a broad discussion was launched around the question of how English-speaking youth can organize. A core group of ambitious young people formed a committee to exchange ideas. With the support of Department of Canadian Heritage and the help of Youth Employment Services Montreal (YES), we began to create a non-profit association. After all, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and other provinces all have active youth associations that represent the linguistic minority communities living there. We recruited young people with diverse backgrounds before forming an interim board in November 2017, which consisted of Malcolm Lewis-Richmond, Shae-Lynn Roberts, Jonathan Patton, Melanie Robertson, Alexander Gordon, Jonathan Seifert, Hayley Campbell, Gabriela Navarrete-Rolls, and Kenny Streule. The interim board launched a youth consultation process with the help of community partners to validate our hypothesis that a youth group in Quebec was needed. We became incorporated on January 20, 2018, and celebrated our official launch on March 23, 2018. At this meeting, we elected our first Board of Directors, including Malcolm Lewis-Richmond, Jonathan Patton, Melanie Robertson, Gabriela Navarrete-Rolls, Hayley Campbell, Nicholas Gertler, Ziona Eyob, Alexander Gordon, and Shae-Lynn Roberts. Y4Y Quebec opened its office and hired its first Director in June 2018, and has continued to grow ever since!
Y4Y Quebec is quickly becoming a credible force in the community; establishing an Advisory Board made up of qualified individuals with a track-record in the non-profit world; publishing multiple policy documents concerning the situation of English-speaking youth throughout the province; holding outreach events that strengthen community at the local level; bringing information to important stakeholders from the corporate sector and in government; empowering leadership locally through a growing regional ambassador program, and having fun while doing so!
Y4Y Quebec recognizes the important work that community partners serving the English-speaking community have achieved, and more recently in promoting the concept of a Province-wide youth association. Y4Y is always seeking new opportunities to collaborate with community and cultural organizations, student associations, government bodies and individuals whose missions may intersect with ours. If this sounds like something you are passionate about, don’t hesitate to get in touch!