Stephan Marcoux, Director general and operations
Stephan Marcoux is a career pro-cycliste who has major work experience in the field of recreational therapy. He is also a trained technician working with special needs children and young adults on the autistic spectrum. Stephane has implemented programs with the Brome-Missisquoi Association for Handicapped Persons as well as in the state of Maine. He has worked as a counselor, aide, teacher, and bike shop owner/operator. He brings major energy, enthusiasm and experience to the team.
Myriam de Clausel de Coussergues, Administration and financing director
Myriam de Clausel de Coussergues is a specialized educator with a cumulative baccalaureate in mental health intervention, intellectual disabilities intervention and victimology. She also learned sign language to communicate with children having language difficulties. Myriam has hosted several physical activity programs to promote healthy life habits among youth and adolescents with special needs. In addition to working with the elementary and intellectually handicapped associations, she was a family support worker with visible minorities in Brome-Missisquoi.
Michael Herman, President.
Michael is a founder and President of Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd. He has an extensive background in business, agriculture and the environment. He was the director and former Vice-President and President of the International Maple Syrup Institute, a former director on the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain, former director of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, and a founder and director of The Friends of the Watershed. Michael was also an environmental spokesperson for the International Maple Syrup Institute and Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain.
Anne Stairs, Vice-President.
Anne, well known in the Brome Missisquoi area, is at present director of the Heroes Memorial Elementary School in Cowansville. She has extensive experience with special-needs students and particularly those in the autistic spectrum. Active in various educational fields, Anne is dedicated to the area and has worked with numerous non-profit organisations and has lead several local causes for the advancement of challenged children and young adults. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Caisse Desjardins in Waterloo/Lac Brome.
Lorraine Briscoe, Treasurer.
Lorraine is a McGill graduate and is a CPA, CA. Lorraine brings her strong business experience gathered from working in different industries and her volunteer experience from many non profit boards over the years. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys golfing. Having raised three children she understands that there are three important ingredients to building self esteem in youth – competence, connection and contribution. Pleins Rayons, she states, offers these in spades to its participants.
Brian Herman, Secretary of the Board.
Brian is a founder and the CEO of Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd. For the last many years Turkey Hill has won numerous awards including supplier of the year and top specialty product in the Canadian duty free business. Brian was a director and secretary of the Municipal Association of Lac Brome in the 1980s, a director of Parc Sutton (now called PENS), director, treasurer and president of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, a founder of Friends of the Watershed in the fight to buy the Domtar lands, as well as a founder and current Treasurer of the Mont Echo Conservation Association. Brian is also an Advisory Board Member of C.I.D.I. Radio.
Sharon Dawe, Director.
At present, Sharon is currently Associate Publisher of Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants Magazine and the Eastern Canada Sales Director for GDC Magazine, and publisher for TIFF Festival Style and Gala Magazine. Sharon is specialised in marketing and business communication as well as community development. Active in various Land Trusts in the Brome-Missisquoi area she has been with Pleins Rayons since its foundation and is active with fund raising activities.
Michele Bazin, Director.
Michele is from the public relations and management business sector, having founded her own successful PR firm, BDDS the first woman to do so in Quebec. She worked as a director for Québecor, vice-president for the Festival Just for Laughs and the Conseil du Patronat. Michele has also written 250 texts for TV series and has published several literary works and has participated in seminars at Harvard (Decision making-Strategy of Pursuasion) and at Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina with Dr. Gerard D. Bell. She is presently active on several non-profit Boards and is writing a new novel.
Marion Turmine, Director.
Marion has been with Oxfam Quebec since 2009 and is currently International Program director . She has a vast experience in international cooperation having worked in the field for more of 15 years such as program manager for Save the Children (UK) in DRC, for CARE as support service manager for the Rwanda’s refugees camp in DRC and program Director in Cuba. She has also worked as director for Belisle Benin Solution in Benin and Senegal and for Oxfam in Bolivia as anthropologist. Besides having taught at UDM, UQAM and Ottawa University, she has also published scientific papers in sociology and anthropology. Marion is an seasoned administrator with recognised leadership qualities.
Brian Mcdonagh, Director.
Born December 13, 1951 in Notre Dame de Grace, Montreal, Educated by Presentation Brothers and Lay Teachers, attending Loyola College, and subsequently starting a nearly 50 year career in Business as a Company Representative in Textile Conversion, and later Custom Packaging. I became self employed in the Automotive Trade, until my retirement at age 65. I inherit from my father his Volunteer spirit where he was active in the sixties in the Inclusive Classroom for the otherwise Gifted. My own involvement started with being elected twice as Chair, Governing Board Butler Elementary, and later election for two consequitive terms as Chair, Massey Vanier High School Governing Board. As well I was elected Second chair of ETSB Special Education Advisory Committee for two terms until health issues, and my Special Needs son aged out of Home Base at Massey Vanier. I have a keen desire to see Social Development for the entirety of our Society, a care well Represented by the objectives of Plein Rayons and my son’s needs like many others of his cohort.