Ashley is community spirited. Born and raised in Sitansisk, St-Mary’s First Nation, in Fredericton, NB, she spent many years volunteering for various community events and prides herself at giving back to the community she loves. As the Reconciliation Awareness Module Coordinator for Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), she has the opportunity to share her knowledge and bring people together. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Policy, is certified in Mental Health First Aid and is currently completing certification in proposal and grant writing.
“We are all walking each other home.”
Dominique has been passionate about business and marketing since a young age. As soon as she has the opportunity to help an entrepreneur accelerate his or her business or to help a manager improve their work, she takes the opportunity to advance projects, ideas, causes and businesses across the province. Her company, located in Edmundston, is called DB Solutions Marketing because her approach is focused on solutions and action! Dominique is currently Vice-President of the Réseau échange femmes en affaires du Madawaska (RÉFAM) and Vice-President of the Escale MadaVic Foundation.“Absolutely nothing is out of reach. Whatever you want is possible if you work for it.”
Dr. Frances LeBlanc, D.C.
Dr. Frances LeBlanc serves the not-for-profit and healthcare sectors as an executive, strategist and advocate. Frances’ focus is in supporting organizations to help improve the lives of New Brunswickers and advance equity and fairness. Frances remains actively involved in her community serving several Committees and Boards such as Equal Voice, Women in Business NB, NB Coalition for Pay Equity, Femmocracy Now and the City of Moncton.
“Ubuntu: I am because we are.”
“I am very inspired by the philosophy and wisdom of the Indigenous people, especially the Mi’kmaq whom I know best.”
Lyne Chantal Boudreau
The professor and researcher in education administration at the Université de Moncton and businesswoman, Lynn Chantal is very involved in causes aimed at reducing family and spousal violence. She is a recipient of the 2022 VIVE Community Champion Award and the 2020 NB Dialogue Award, recognizing her dedication to this cause. Many committees benefit from her expertise, including the QMJHL’s Player Assistance Program Advisory Committee, the Muriel McQueen Ferguson Centre, the Love Shouldn’t Hurt Campaign and the Université de Moncton’s Women and Gender Equality Committee. Lyne Chantal is from Shippagan and lives in Moncton.
“Together, let’s create a world without violence where the culture of consent occupies a primary place in all our actions!”
Mama Phylomene Zangio
Thanks to her strong relationships with her allies and her perseverance, Phylomene fights for the rights of black women. She denounces the inequalities that exist between women and women/women and men that have long existed in our society. Despite a lot of difficulties, she refuses to let herself down. She never loses her smile and never fails to bring good humour and inspiration around her. Among her many volunteer community activities, she is a member of the NB Judicial Council and an active and founding member of the NB Council of African Descent, which aims to support the rights and interests of Black people, but above all to combat discrimination and try to draw the attention of governments to their concerns. She was the first co-chair of the New Brunswick Women’s Council, founding member of the Regroupement féministe du N.-B, and served on the boards of the Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women, the SANB, the Greater Moncton Multicultural Association (MAGMA) and the CAFI.
“I have accepted to live as an Afican mother. It is the only way for me to live with dignity. ”
Marion Huber arrived in Canada and settled in the Chaleur region of northern NB in May 2016. Proactive, self-taught, passionate, and dynamic, she holds the position of Outreach and Economic Integration Officer with the Multicultural Association of the Chaleur region and accompanies, every day, newcomers in their integration and understanding of the Canadian workplace. Marion provides training and helps employers create inclusive workplaces.
“Nothing ever happens by accident.”
Michelle Leard (she/her)
Michelle Leard is an advocate and collaborator in the Transgender community and the creator of UBU Atlantic, an action group for transgender individuals. With chapters in Moncton, Saint John, and Amherst, its mission is to help people transition comfortably and confidently in society. She is also one of the creators of the New Brunswick Transgender Health Network, which was created to act as a resource for healthcare practitioners to connect with others who have experience working with transgender patients and as an information resource for the larger community. While representing UBU and the NBTHN, she led the efforts to have gender-affirming surgeries a covered service by the New Brunswick Government.
Norma Dubé admits that retirement simply gave her more time to get more involved in the causes she cherishes. During her career in the New Brunswick Public Service, she worked primarily in the areas of social policy. Her most rewarding experience was contributing to equality and equity issues for women. A founding member of the Women for 50% movement, Norma is active in the Association des ainés francophones du N.-B., the Fergusson Foundation, the Association des ainés de la Capitale pour l'apprentissage et le mieux-être and the NB Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership
"It’s not about adding days to our lives, it’s about adding life to our lives."
Robyn Tingley is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of New Brunswick. She is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a founding member of Women for 50% - an initiative that encourages more women in the Legislative Assembly. Through her management consulting firm GlassSKY she blends her experience as a top global executive for a Fortune 100 with her passion to help progressive employers build modern and inclusive workplaces. Her work to advance gender equality has been recognized with awards by government and business in Europe, the United States and Canada. In 2019 she was invested into the Order of New Brunswick for her corporate and community leadership, as well as for her work to support gender equality.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Meade