Jay Gosselin

Education

  • M.Ed. – Educational Counselling (incomplete)
  • B.A. Hons – Economics and Political Science

Position

Leadership Coach

A bit about Jay:

Jay’s mission is to help young people thrive. He believes that the key to thriving lies in the development of self-awareness, confidence and resilience. These three tools are necessary to take action toward meaningful goals, maintain an open mind to diverse opportunities and overcome the challenges that life throws at us.
The insight Jay has gathered from meeting over 15,000 high school and university students in the past decade has enabled him to develop relevant, engaging and inspiring programming for today’s youth. His greatest strength is his ability to connect authentically with all kinds of people and to create a safe and collaborative space to do honest, purposeful work.

What he loves the most about working with young adults:

“Young people have so much ahead of them. The possibilities for them in today’s world are almost endless. This is both a wonderful opportunity and a stressful situation to find yourself in. I love seeing our students take control of their lives and use their gifts to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. I love seeing them overcome challenging circumstances and reap the benefits of stepping out of their comfort zone. Most of all, I am continually inspired by their creativity, vulnerability and compassion. I believe our future is in good hands.”


Alex Keenan

Education

  • Foundations in Group Facilitation
  • LL.L (Civil Law)
  • J.D. (Common Law)
  • B.A. (Political Studies)

Position

Public Speaking & Communications Consultant

A bit about Alex:

She is an improv instructor who uses the principles of Applied Improvisation to awaken people's innate creativity, as well as to build their confidence and communications skills.

What she loves the most about working with young adults:

“I love watching young adults transcend the limiting mindset of "finding the right answer"and realize that they have the power to create a path of their own, and to continue growing and changing throughout their lives. There's nothing like watching them find freedom and empowerment in realizing that not only do they get to choose what they do for a living - they also get to choose the kind of life they want for themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”


Britt-Mari Sykes

Education

  • PhD – Psychology and Religious Studies
  • M.A. – Psychology and Religious Studies
  • B.A. Hons – Psychology

Position

Career Counselor/Coach

A bit about Britt-Mari:

Britt-Mari has been a Career counselor/coach for the past 11 years. She was formerly a university lecturer and her practice is largely based in Existential Analysis (Psychotherapy), where her professional education is ongoing with the International Society of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (GLE – I). She is also a Volunteer family advisor on various mental health committees/projects/initiatives at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and The Ontario Centre For Excellence For Child and Youth Mental Health.

What she loves the most about working with young adults:

“Working with young adults is an enriching experience for me. I thoroughly enjoy the mutual process: mentoring and guiding them while listening and learning from them. Understanding how these young people experience their lives and what their hopes and expectations are for the future – all this enhances my ability to support and mentor their next steps.”


Lauren Wallis

Education

  • MA Psychotherapy
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • BA Kinesiology

Position

Psychotherapist and Facilitator

A bit about Lauren:

She is a psychotherapist, and cares deeply about the wellbeing of people she works with. She works to empower others, and believes that if someone feels accepted and welcomed just as they are, it provides the perfect platform for them to deepen their self-compassion, self-awareness and take inspired action in their lives. She also draws from her experience as a physiotherapist to help people feel connected and present in mind and body.

What she loves the most about working with young adults:

“I love seeing the look on their face when they see something in a new way, or recognize something new about how wonderful they are. And helping support them in learning to tune in to their own desires and quiet the outside world, which often involves an unlearning process of expectations they learned growing up.”

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Renée Michelle Michaud

Education

  • Associate Certified Coach Candidate, International Coach Federation
  • BSc in Biology, Minor in Communication, University of Ottawa

Position

Coach, Facilitator and Multidisciplinary Artist

A bit about Renée:

As a Liaison Officer at the University of Ottawa, she had the pleasure of presenting to and speaking with over 50,000 high school students and parents about the transition to post-secondary.

What she loves the most about working with young adults:

“Being a young adult is such an exciting, albeit challenging time. It's a time of transition from dependence to independence. Having already made this leap, I love supporting teens and 20-somethings go from believing life should be a certain way to realizing life can be a wild and fulfilling experience! It's my mission to guide young adults through anxiety and uncertainty towards possibility and taking action.”


Valérie Deveaux

Education

  • B.A. in French Literature and Theatre

Position

Program coordinator & facilitator

A bit about Valérie:

Valérie has been a student mentor for the past four years and has a natural ability to connect with young people. She has also been a facilitator for the Discover Year program since September 2019.

What she loves the most about working with young adults:

“I'm one of them! I understand what it's like to have no idea where you're heading and I'm happy to be part of their journey. There's always something to learn from one another and I've yet to have a boring day at work.”