Notre organisme

Conseil d'administration

Le conseil d'administration a été créé pour assurer la bonne gouvernance de ECO-02.

Debbie Ford-Caron


Debbie Ford-Caron was born in Stratford, Ontario and was raised and educated in Kingston, Ontario where she obtained her diploma as an Early Childhood Educator. She is married and has two grown sons. In 1981 after her husband completed his military career, they moved into the Saguenay region where he grew up. She worked as an educator at the Jardin d’Enfant d’Arvida until she retired in 2015. She was elected as a School Board Commissioner in 1998, a position that she still occupies in 2021. Currently, she is the President on the CIUSSS SLSJ Regional Access Committee that advocates for improved access to English health care services. Debbie is one of the original founders of ECO-02.

Eleanor Perry Morissette


Eleanor was born in Arvida and has lived there all of her life, except for about ten years, when she lived in Montreal. She is a retired secretary, and after retirement worked as a tour guide for tourists coming to the Region on cruise ships. She presently volunteers for ECO-02 as Vice-President, something that she enjoys very much.

Martin Caron


Martin Caron was born in Chicoutimi, Québec. He graduated in Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1976. After his military career, he settled back in the region where he has been living since 1981. Recently retired from an International Engineering firm, he has become the treasurer and a Board member of ECO-02 since its creation. Above his duties as treasurer, he also act as a mentor to implement best practices in project management with Eco-02 staff.

Karen Knight


Karen Knight is originally from Fort Nelson, a small northern community in British Columbia. After graduating from the education program at the University of Victoria , she wanted to work and live in other parts of Canada and found herself in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. She has happily been teaching at Riverside Regional High School since her move in 1997.

Hélène Martin


Born in Sept-Îles, she is a full-time working mom with two teenage children. Helene is trilingual in the following languages, French, Spanish and English. When she moved to the states in her mid-twenties, she met her future husband who was from Québec city. They moved to the Saguenay where her children could learn French and attend an English school. Helene and her husband chose the Saguenay to raise their family due to the beauty, the French-speaking community and access to an English school. When Helene was approached to be on the Board of Directors, she knew she had to be a part of this organization. She understood the kind of challenges that minority speakers have in a predominately French-speaking community. "The English community in Saguenay is a tight one. We take care of each other"

Charlene MacPherson


Charlene MacPherson was born on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. She graduated from the University College of Cape Breton in 1986 in Hospitality Administration. She moved to the Saguenay in 1991 with her husband who is from Jonquiere. She has been working at the Cégep de Jonquiere Centre Linguistique for the past 18 years as a pedagogical advisor and ESL instructor. She works with ECO-02 as secretary and a board member and helps with the cohesion of staff and board member at ECO-02.

Marie-Hélène Tremblay


Marie-Hélène Tremblay est née à Lahr, en Allemagne. Elle a obtenu un diplôme en travail sociale à l’université du Québec à Chicoutimi en 2022. Elle travaille comme agent de liaison communautaire aux Centres de ressources pour les familles des militaires (CRFM) au Saguenay. De plus, elle travaille à temps partiel comme réserviste à la réserve navale depuis plus de 16 ans. Marie-Hélène a grandi avec un parent militaire. Son expérience personnelle et son parcours professionnel l'amènent à bien comprendre les défis auxquels font face les minorités linguistiques. Il est donc important pour elle de leur offrir tout le soutien auquel ils ont droit et dont ils besoin. Elle siège sur le Conseil d’Administration de ECO-02 depuis septembre 2022.

Pier-Olivier Tremblay


Pier-Olivier Tremblay was born in a little town called Saint-David de Falardeau, located in the Saguenay region (QC) in Canada. He grew up there for most of his life. He moved multiple times within the Saguenay region where he graduated as a Social Work Technician at the Cégep de Jonquière. He shares his life with his beautiful Fiancée and his cat, Biscuit. He spent most of his career working with teenagers, first in his hometown's youth center and now at Riverside Regional High School. Throughout his career, he joined multiple committees with the desire of further developing useful partnerships and strong links with the community. On top of his work with ECO-02 as a board member, he is also the President of the ''Comité régional en prévention des dépendances du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean'' Outside of work, Pier-Olivier has many passions. He plays musical instruments in various bands, practices Martial Arts, plays video games and loves cars and bikes. He sometimes wishes he could have either more time, or less hobbies !

(We wish to recognize the contribution of our founding members. Anne-Marie Cronkwright, Debbie Ford-Caron, Jamie Kirlin, Karen Knight, Eleanor Perry Morissette, Melissa Perry)