Graduated in Business Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada and completed a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Fundraising School at Indiana University. Acted as President of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Quebec, Member of AFP Canada Foundation, Member of the AFP Committee on publications, Member of Peer Review Committees for funding projects in Health and Social Services, Member of Consulting Committees on Public and Private Pension Funds and Ageing Workforce and Active Living for Senior. Gave conferences on Ageing Challenges and Solutions, Strategic Planning and Corporate relations. Worked as Manager and Executive Director for various Foundations. Was appointed Executive Director of FADOQ Network (Federation for Ageing in Dignity and Overall Quality) in November 2008.
maindoeuvre50plus.com : for job seekers 50 and over
A long-predicted workforce change is now underway: people are living longer than ever, Baby Boomers are marching toward retirement, a new definition of retirement is emerging, etc. In Québec, the issue of the ageing workforce has featured in policy documents for more than a decade. Another area of great concern for the Réseau FADOQ is the workers aged 50 and over who have lost their jobs and have been discarded from the workforce. A growing number of unemployed elderly people fear they may never work again.
Workers over 50 hold decades of experience and wisdom. However, older adults looking for work can face challenges unique to their situation. Myths and stereotypes about older workers persist; a common misconception exists that older workers are less healthy, less innovative, less productive (and more technophobic), than their younger counterparts.
In 2016, Réseau FADOQ launched maindoeuvre50plus.com (“Workforce 50 +”), a website dedicated to matching older workers seeking a job that suits their needs and lifestyle, and companies looking to hire experienced workers. The website now has more than 3,000 members all over Québec. The maindoeuvre50plus.com job search engine is a free service that allows workers to search for opportunities with more than 300 employers in the province. It allows users to select jobs by career field, position type, salary range, work schedule, experience level, etc.
Employers can browse profiles of available workers based on key words and find the perfect candidate.
To help members polish their job-seeking skills, the website also offers several useful tools such as sample cover letters and downloadable résumés, and provides links to a wide range of employment and career resources.
The Réseau FADOQ is developing new strategies to combat ageism and challenge the myths and inaccurate stereotypes that hinder the older worker’s ability to participate in the workforce.