Our mission

A story of the fight against francophone poverty in Greater Vancouver

La Boussole is a charitable organization whose mission is to support Francophones in precarious situations in Greater Vancouver. Through a full range of services and activities, the community center welcomes, supports and guides people according to their needs and facilitates their social integration.


Founded in 1996, La Boussole cultivates the diversity of its community and raises awareness of the challenges some of its members face: poverty, social and/or linguistic isolation, addiction or mental health problems.

Our ambition is to unite the community to help those who need it most while reducing the stigma that weighs them.

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Our history

 
 

Our values

Respect

Inclusiveness

Solidarity

Integrity

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LOUise chaynes

Louise Chaynes decided to use her skills to build healthier communities, improve people's lives and the sustainability of our planet.

Graduated with a Masters in Global Business from the University of Victoria, she had the opportunity to live on five continents and worked in multinationals from Singapore to Munich.  

Recognized for bringing energy and enthusiasm to teams and organizations,  she moved to La Boussole with the desire to participate in the development of the francophone community  while exercising creativity.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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KHADIM GUEYE

RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Khadim Gueye is responsible for community engagement. After having obtained his license in English Literature in Senegal, his native country, he flew to France and validated a Masters in International Law there. Before arriving at La Boussole, he worked in the Embassy in collaboration with various international organizations in The Hague, and also in the French National Education as a secondary school teacher.

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MARION ROIG

SOCIAL AND HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER

Marion Roig is a social worker at La Boussole. Originally from France, she lived in Quebec for a year and a half before luck took her to the country's west coast.

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LÉO FRANCK

ASSISTANT COMMUNITY AGENT

Léo is a young french-canadian that joined La Boussole's team. He starts his 11th year of studies next September at the Conseil Scolaire Francophone school Jules-Verne. Léo has completed many volunteering opportunities during his studies. During his free time, he likes listening to music and cooking. He hates arrogance and eggs. 

Our team

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LOU-ANNE BROCARD 

Lou-Anne Brocard is a social worker at La Boussole. Originally from France, she arrived in Canada a year and a half ago with the idea of travelling and discovering the country.

 

But, her vocation to help people in precarious situations is always present; she joined La Boussole intending to support and advise its members in their efforts and accompany them in their life projects.

OUTREACH WORKER

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MARY LADRIL

EMPLOYMENT ADVISOR

Mary Ladril is an employment counsellor. She set down in Vancouver 3 years ago after exploring Asia. She worked as a project manager for the Ministry of Justice in Paris and was also in charge of international relations for the Army Staff at the Ministry of Defense.

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Cynthia lavoie-Ayotte

ASSISTANT OUTREACH WORKER

Cynthia Lavoie-Ayotte is our new social worker. Having done her psychoeducation internship with us in the fall of 2020, she is now back at La Boussole for the summer. Originally from Québec, she has been in Vancouver for two years. She has gained experience in BC at CJFCB, d'Utapi Consultants and CSF. During her studies, she occupied different jobs in coordinating events and community and social intervention with kids and teenagers.

She loves: nature, mountains and laughing.
She hates: insolence, disrespect and mustard. 

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cloe gautier

CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAM MANAGER

Cloé Gautier is event coordinator at La Boussole. Originally from the Normandy region in France, she arrived in Vancouver in 2019 after obtaining her Master's in international brand strategy & marketing in Paris. Before arriving at La Boussole, she worked for various non-profit organizations in Vancouver.

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MASSIMO Passalacqua

EMPLOYMENT ADVISOR

Massimo Passalacqua is an employment counselor. He comes from Belgium, where he studied social work. Before arriving in Vancouver, he had the chance to make a living from his passion as a musician

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Malau Morisse

SOLIDARITY THRIFT SHOP PROJECT COORDINATOR

Originally from Normandy, in the northwest France region, Malau arrived in Vancouver in early 2022.

Passionated by sports, video games and open air activities, Malau is a very sociable person that likes human contact.

He joined La Boussole on the 28th of June 2022 under contract to develop the solidarity second-hand shop (Friperie Solidaire) project that first saw the light of day  in September of 2020.

 
 

Our board of directors

SOPHIE RASQUIN

ACTING PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

SIMON CHICOINE

TREASURER

AURÉLIE FERRERO

SECRETARY

FLORENCE THE DOUJET

MEMBER ADVISOR

HUGUETTE HAYDEN-SANSONNET

ADVISOR

JENNIFER WEST

ADVISOR

 
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Our space

La Boussole has a space in the co-working offices of 312 Main. The community center thus has new equipment in a pleasant and friendly environment.

 

The proximity to public transport and accessibility for people with reduced mobility makes the space truly inclusive and facilitates our activities.