Youth Activators of Change
23 years old, waitress
With entrepreneurial parents and Franco-Italian roots, Tennessee Berdat grew up in Nice in the Côte d’Azur region of France. She studied at the Institution Stanislas, where she obtained her secondary school diploma (honours) and majored in economics and social sciences. At age 18, she moved on her own to Milan, Italy, where she studied at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti for three years and obtained a diploma in fashion design. Tennessee likes fashion, materials and interior design. She also enjoys history, travel and discovering other cultures during her journeys. Tennessee and her family moved to Greater Lakeburn (Dieppe region) in December 2017. Currently working hard as a waitress, she is saving up to go into business in the near future.
16 years old, student at Louis J. Robichaud Highschool
Luc Cormier was born in Shediac and is 16 years old. Currently in Grade 11 at Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, he was recently elected student advisor for the Southern Francophone School District. In that capacity, he brings young people’s perspectives to the table at school board meetings and votes along with the other elected board members. In recent years, Luc has held a number of part-time jobs. He currently teaches swimming at the University of Moncton’s physical education and sports centre (CEPS).
For the past year, Luc has been a member of his school’s debate committee, an experience that has really helped him to develop his francophone pride and critical thinking skills. Reflecting the fact that the opinions and voices of young francophones mean so much to him, he has taken part in several debates on extending the vote to 16-year-olds. Clearly, Luc has found his niche in society, even though it has not always been smooth sailing. He is well aware that only a small number of young people have the opportunity to make their voices heard, which is why he found the opportunity to create a project so appealing. Luc has always been a young leader and seizes every opportunity that comes his way.
24 years old, program officer (mentorship), MAGMA
Carolina Feican was born and raised in Cuenca, Ecuador, where she studied international relations and commerce at the Universidad del Azuay. During her studies, she had the opportunity to be part of Runa, a fair trade company based in the Ecuadorian Amazon. There, she worked directly with local indigenous communities, learning and sharing their culture and practices. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she emigrated to Canada in May 2017. She is currently working on a Professional Mentorship Program at the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area. Since her arrival, she has volunteered at Sistema NB and translated for the New Brunswick Refugee Clinic. Carolina enjoys rock climbing and playing the violin in her spare time.
26 years old, social worker
Originally from Nigadoo, New Brunswick, Valérie Foulem studied at St. Thomas University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology in 2014 and a post-degree Bachelor of Social Work in 2016. During her studies, she obtained valuable work experience not only through field placements and summer employment, but also by being active in the community as a volunteer.
Valérie has worked with the Chaleur Autism and Asperger Family Centre, the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research and Nepisiguit Family Services. In 2016, she became a registered social worker and began her career as a community facilitator for the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. In 2016-2017, she was a job coach for Optimum Human Resources. Since 2016, she has been a social worker at Nepisiguit Family Services. Valérie currently offers counselling services at Mind Body Solutions, using a holistic approach and recognizing the whole environmental context of each client.
19 years old, student at Université de Moncton – Campus de Shippagan
Ève Kelly is originally from the Bathurst region. After graduating from Nepisiguit Secondary School, she studied at the University of Moncton’s Shippagan campus. She is currently in her second year of a bachelor’s program focusing on sustainable development in coastal areas, attesting to her lifelong interest in environmental preservation. Determined and involved in her community, she is always seeking solutions to day-to-day problems associated with environmental deterioration. She also loves creating new projects designed to raise awareness. In 2017, Ève and a colleague won Initiative of the Year for their pilot recycling project in student housing at their university. Always ready to take on new challenges, Ève believes strongly that change is possible.
24 years old, recreologist
Charles MacDougall is a young adult who has lived in Moncton since 2012, although he was born in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. As the former chair of the provincial youth council, he puts his bachelor’s degree in recreation management to good use as project coordinator at Greater Moncton’s River of Pride, the leading LGBTQ+ community organization in southeast New Brunswick. Acadian, queer and often seen riding his bicycle, Charles spends his spare time playing water polo and board games, in addition to devouring novels.
30 years old, employment coach
Céline Thibodeau is 30 years old and is currently a workplace trainer. Born on the Acadian Peninsula, she has studied various fields, explored various professions and visited various regions of New Brunswick and Canada. After graduating from secondary school in 2006, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in individualized studies at the University of Moncton’s Shippagan campus in 2015. A few years ago, she decided to move to Saint-Isidore to be closer to her family. Her research has focused on social inclusion, isolation, education, awareness raising, mental health and personal/social development.