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.
Marion Roig is the Health and Social Programs Manager at La Boussole.
Originally from France, she lived in Quebec City for a year and a half, before chance brought her to the west coast of the country.
She loves: the ocean, reading, cooking and hiking.
She hates: lemon and rain.
SOCIAL AND HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER
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.
Yann Carpentier is a social worker. He arrived in Vancouver in 2018.
With a solid experience in an emergency shelter in Paris, he decided to put his career in social work on hold. For many years, he devoted himself to his passion for cooking.
He worked as a cook in large houses in Paris, Sydney and Vancouver. Interested by the situation of the Downtown Eastside, he decided to return to his core business and joined the team of La Boussole in September 2022.
Elizabeth Koyara is an employment counsellor for La Boussole at WorkBC in Vancouver.
After studying political science at York University in Toronto, she worked with non-profit organizations in African countries and in a shelter for francophone women. Prior to joining our team, Elizabeth worked as an Employment Counsellor at WorkBC in Chiliwack.
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.
Nathalie Astruc is a project coordinator at La Boussole. Originally from La Reunion, she arrived in Vancouver at the end of 2019 after a globe-trotting career and multiple professional lives.
Involved in the arts (music, theater and literature) here and elsewhere, she discovered La Boussole as a volunteer.
MANAGER OF THE THEATER-FORUM PROJECT
Makalé is a newcomer to Vancouver.
She used to take care of children with disabilities and loves to exchange and share with people.
She also loves nature and cooking, but her passion is photography: taking the emotion, sharing the expression and engraving it to make beautiful memories.
PEER SUPPORT WORKER
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.
Just arrived in Canada and Vancouver, Aurélien takes over the position of Communications and Advocacy Manager, after 7 years spent in communications agencies in Paris.
Big fan of music, theater, sports and human relations, he is delighted to join La Boussole's team and its many projects, each more interesting than the last!
COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY MANAGER
Originally from Normandy, in the northwest of France, Malau arrived in Vancouver in early 2022.
Passionate about sports, video games and outdoor activities, Malau is a sociable person who enjoys human contact.
He joined La Boussole in June 2022 as a contract worker in order to develop the solidarity thrift store project which was launched in September 2022
MANAGER OF THE ECO-SOLIDARITY THRIFT STORE PROJECT, ENSEMBLE
Etienne arrived in Vancouver in August 2022 with the idea of traveling. Thanks to his human values and an attraction for helping people, he quickly crossed paths with La Boussole.
He has two years of experience in the associative sector, working with people with disabilities.
Concerned about helping people in precarious situations, he wishes to use his skills to bring his help in the Downtown Eastside.
Born in Canada and originally from the Eastern Townships in Québec, Jo arrived in Vancouver in August 2010.
Jo is passionate about social justice, green economy and everything that contributes to building a better world. he has a colourful personality with the need to share and help empower whoever wants.
He arrived at La Boussole in June 2022 as a beneficiary, then joined the team in September 2022. He provides valuable assistance to the food support program and the eco-solidarity thrift store Ensemble.
Our board of directors
FLORENCE LE 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.