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.
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.
COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY MANAGER
Elody Croullebois is responsible for communication, advocacy and community activities. She comes from France, where she worked in particular in the fight against AIDS.
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.
Maxime Barbier is the coordinator of the community center. Quickly involved in the field of social sport in France and New Zealand, he created his project to help newcomers in the south of France. Interested in social entrepreneurship, he is involved in the Orbital Foundation and the Zenani association.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Our board of directors
ACTING PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
FLORENCE THE DOUJET
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.