Nominated by: Socièté Inform’Elles Society
Marie-Stéphanie Gasse is originally from Quebec City, where she was the project coordinator for the entrepreneurial centre at Université Laval. She then headed west, where she worked as a project coordinator and family counsellor at Alberta’s Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Centre. This position led her, among other things, to work with women facing a diversity of vulnerabilities. She then decided to settle in the Yukon, where she immediately joined the board of Les EssentiElles, a group advocating for Francophone women in the region. She worked with Les EssentiElles as their director and as a board member, serving as vice-president and president. After 17 years of involvement with the organization and her general experience working with women, Les EssentiElles decided to appoint Marie-Stéphanie executive director of the REGC. She is also a bilingual family counselor for the Government of Yukon, where she is able to reach even more women in vulnerable positions and refine her approach and knowledge of issues related to domestic and family violence. Marie-Stéphanie was also the Yukon representative on the board of the Alliance des Femmes de la Francophonie Canadienne from 2008 to 2017.