Young Ambassadors Initiative
We are the Young Ambassadors of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Our committee consists of young adults who dedicate themselves to educating and raising awareness on the importance of palliative care among their peers. We attain these objectives by organizing events and raising funds in support of the Residence. Whether we’ve directly witnessed the benefits of palliative care through the passing of a loved one or simply recognize that everyone has the right to live their final days with dignity, we all share the common goal of wanting to take part in the future of palliative care. We are ready to explore a new set of challenges with the aim of sparking initiative among youth and placing ourselves at the forefront of palliative care. If you are interested in joining our initiative and becoming a young leader in palliative care, please contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Lindsay Bellevue and I am the Commercial Manager of Sales and Marketing at TASK, a West- Island based microelectronic manufacturer, as well as the Event Coordinator for The Otis Grant & Friends Foundation. I studied Fashion and Marketing at LaSalle College where I also realized how much I loved event planning. From corporate events to charity galas or even my own wedding, event planning and coordination is something I truly take pleasure in. I’ve supported the West Island Palliative Care Residence for nearly a decade now and have enjoyed my time working with everyone at the Residence. I am honored to be the first Co-Chair of the Young Ambassadors Committee and look forward to working with a young, dynamic team whom I believe to be the future of this amazing Residence.
My Name is François Remete and I am a Notary at Dugas & Dugas Notaires located in the West Island. I studied law at UQAM and completed my notarial degree at Université de Montréal. I joined the Young Ambassadors Committee in 2015 and was appointed as one of its first co-chairs soon after. The West Island Palliative Care Residence plays such a vital role in our community and it is imperative that today’s younger generations gets involved in one way or another. I enjoy working alongside many talented individuals who all share a common passion for the Residence.
I’ m Niech’Elle and I volunteer at Reception on the weekends. My passions are food, fitness, health and all things related to palliative care. I’ve joined up with the Young Ambassadors Committee because I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that the Residence can have on a person’s life. My experiences as the daughter of a former patient have shown me that palliative care does not discriminate with age and is affecting the younger generations as much as those living out their golden years. I am here to get the word out and make everyone aware of the importance of having access to palliative care resources in a community.
My name is Jonathan Dellar-Fernandes. I am completing my Bachelors in Psychology at Concordia University. After receiving my BA, I hope to continue my studies in Finance and complete an MBA. I have been working at the West Island Palliative Care Residence in the maintenance department for approximately 8 years. I enjoy keeping the Residence looking clean and homey as well as aiding nurses, family members and especially patients with their various needs. Having been involved in the Residence for so long, I have always wanted to ensure that the younger community learn and appreciate the importance of the Residence, and that although it may be thought of as a sad place, it is often filled with the sound of joy and laughter.
My name is Shannon Bellevue and I am a Medical Writer and Editor at LP3 Network and Medisca Inc., where I specialize in the development of continuing education programs for pharmacists and physicians. Prior to this, I completed my education at Concordia University and Carleton University where I attained a Bachelor in Psychology and Master in Neuroscience, respectively.
Throughout my academic career, I acted as VP Social for Concordia’s Undergraduate Science population and volunteered as Public Relations Officer for the Society of Neuroscience – Ottawa Chapter. During this time, I gained valuable experience in event coordination and fundraising.
For nearly a decade now I have supported the West Island Palliative Care. I have come to know the Residence as a unique community of wonderful individuals passionate about the care of our neighbours. I am honoured to be a part of the Young Ambassador Initiative and am eager to make my mark in promoting awareness of palliative care for our community members.
My name is Alexandra Caccavelli. I am 21 years old and an undergraduate student at Concordia University completing a major in Journalism and a minor in Law & Society. I volunteered at the West Island Palliative Care Residence throughout high school, so this is how I originally got involved. I now work as the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for our 300 and more amazing volunteers, so the Residence continues to be a very important part of my life. The Young Ambassadors initiative directly addresses the importance of getting young people involved with and aware of palliative care and I am thankful to have the opportunity to be involved with such a dynamic group.
I am Felix Breton. I am a student at Concordia’s John Molson School of Business and have worked in maintenance at the West Island Palliative Care Residence for the past four years. Upon graduating, I intend to continue my involvement with the Residence and give back to my community to the best of my abilities. I believe that the Young Ambassadors Committee is an excellent opportunity to get a new generation involved in the Residence and I hope that together we can bring about a better public understanding of palliative care.
My name is Tess Kelley and I work in Alumni Relations at McGill University, organizing events for alumni, and operating an educational travel programs. Joining the Young Ambassadors Committee means a lot to me, as I’ve held the Residence near and dear to my heart ever since saying goodbye to my grandparents there in 2004 and again in 2008. My Grandad, Fred, was one of the first volunteers when the Residence opened; inspired by this, I became a volunteer at the Residence in 2009. I look forward to this new challenge, increasing awareness of palliative care, and the importance of philanthropy. Giving isn’t reserved for the retired and wealthy – any contribution of time or money makes a difference and the Residence relies on this community support, from all ages! Engaging a younger population in this community is essential and I look forward to working towards this goal.
My name is Greg Kelley and I currently work as a policy advisor to the Québec Minister responsible for Canadian Relations, Jean-Marc Fournier. I did my undergraduate degree at McGill University in History and Political Science and I have a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University. In my spare time I like to read books and articles on Canadian and American history and politics. When I am not in my political bubble, I like to play sports and watch the Habs. I grew up in the West Island and I am very thankful for all that the community has given to me. The West Island Palliative Care Residence is a vital institution for our community and being a Young Ambassador is an opportunity to help me give back and raise awareness amongst the youth about just how important the Residence is.
My name is Scott Loong and I am a member of the West Island Palliative Care Residence’s Young Ambassadors group. I am a business lawyer by training and have oriented my career towards working with entrepreneurs and start-ups, first at a national law firm and currently at a venture capital fund called Ferst Capital Partners. I have experienced firsthand what it means to be on the receiving end of services offered by West Island Palliative Care Residence and I’m committed to working with the young ambassadors group and applying my skills wherever I can help.