Board of directors
Originally from Dubreuilville, Jessica was raised in a francophone environment. Established in Sault Ste. Marie for 6 years now, she currently works at l’École publique Écho-des-Rapides. Jessica quickly engaged herself within the community as a board member of the Centre Francophone and now as President of the Committee. Her francophone heritage is very important to her and she wants to share it with all the francophones and francophiles of the region. She would also like to share this culture with the youth who will eventually take over. Jessica enjoys spending her time and energy at the francophone center organizing activities and festivals that please everyone and will open their eyes to the French-speaking community.
Marc Boissonneault is a Northern Franco-ontarien native and lives in Sault Ste. Marie for more than 15 years. He holds a BA specializing in Psychology and a Master in Business Administration. He works as Manager in the Ontario Public Service and is also a reservist with the Cadets of Sault Ste. Marie. Marc has been with the Francophone center for many years and continues to contribute to the Board as Treasurer.
Colette Chiarello was born and raised here in Sault Ste. Marie. She works as a secretary at Écho-des-Rapides public school. She is a member of the Ste-Marie-du-Sault Parish Choir and is involved in singing for several fundraisers within the community. Colette feels happy and privileged to be able to work with the Francophone center of Sault Ste. Marie and to continue in helping our beautiful, diverse community grow.
Susie Lauzon is the Executive director for CÉFA, a non-profit French adult education centre serving Sault Ste. Marie and its surrounding area. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Algoma University. She has worked in the non-profit sector for more than twenty years and has gained experience in a variety of sectors ranging from economic development, gaming development, and ministry programs. She also has experience in the for-profit sector in areas of trucking, tourism and retail. Susie is pleased to work with the Francophone center team, drawing on her experience to help further its goals.
Janik Guy is a Planning and Community Engagement Officer for the Algoma Region of the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario. Ms Guy holds a Bachelors in Public communication and Journalism from Laurentian University. Among her professional experiences, she worked as Special Assistant to M.P. Nickel Belt and was a Public Relations and Events coordinator for the Maison McCulloch Hospice. She strongly believes that arts, language and culture play an important role for vibrant communities and she supports many organizations who carry these values, such as the Art Gallery of Sudbury for which she is co-chair.
Isabelle Michaud is originally from Québec. She moved to Toronto in 1987, where she met her husband David Brodbeck, a psychology teacher. Michaud obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College/MUN as well as a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Algoma University. Michaud has been teaching French communication at Algoma University since 2006. She and her husband have two children, Madeleine et Jonathan. The Ontario Art Council (OAC) awarded her a grant in 2018 for a painting project on creation with her son, Jonathan. Jonathan used a typewriter to write stories inspired by his life and thoughts. Michaud interpreted his writings to express her relation with her son’s autism. Isabelle Michaud also obtained a grant from the OAC for artists working in schools and within the community to teach abstract painting to children with special needs. Michaud is an adamant defender of the arts and contributes to the development of the art gallery 180 Projects. Furthermore, she has been working for the past two years on bringing together art pieces from four Francophone visual artists from Sault Ste. Marie for an exhibition planned to be presented in 2020.