Meet our board of directors

Ian Boulanger

IAN BOULANGER, Chairman

Travel and adventure lover, I have never had a specific career plan. While updating my CV, I realized that I had always worked with vulnerable teenagers and young adults and that I was a youth worker. having obtained a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, I worked for years in the community environment as caseworker and project manager. I recently decided to go back to school in business management and start my own business.

Following my son Théo’s cerebral palsy diagnosis in 2016, L’Étoile de Pacho was a beacon that allowed us to organize and put everything in place to manage this new reality. Ihave infinite gratitude for this organization and it is that feeling that makes me want to get involved as a member of the Board.

Daniel Figueras Nieto

DANIEL FIGUERAS NIETO, Vice President

Owner of a doctorate in atmospheric physics, I coordinate and manage many multidisciplinary teams. As a Trainer for Dale Carnegie, I help people from all walks of life attain their full potential.

One of my dad’s friends managed a school for handicapped children which he had founded in the Barcelona region of Spain and so from a young age, I have been sensitized to people with differences. Having a nephew with a hearing disability, I never imagined that one of my own daughters would be polyhandicapped and that we would live without knowing what illness would afflict her.

L’Étoile de Pacho, who has greatly supported us and continues to do so, has impressed me by its professionalism and its dynamism. It’s an honor to be able to offer my talent to L’Étoile and give back to this organization for which I have a profound belief in their mission.

Stephanie Brisebois

STÉPHANIE BRISEBOIS, Treasurer

I am a mother of 3 grown boys aged 17, 20 and 22, and I’m very grateful for them being in great health. My involvement on the Board of Directors for L’Étoile de Pacho will allow me to contribute to this great organization which helps families with disabled children.

On the professional side, I am an industrial engineer and have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. After having worked for a long time in large corporations in logistics and distribution, I am now an entrepreneur in the real estate sector. I therefore bring my various experiences to the Board in support of its mission.

Anik Lalande

ANICK LALANDE, Secretary

Devoted and passionate notary, I have the pleasure of having a job that puts me into contact with people of all sorts and in different aspects of their lives. I specialize in people law, especially in inheritance matters, will creation, estate planning and in legal procedures in case of incapacity. My premise is that everyone is different and requires particular help for their special needs.

I am also a fulfilled mother to a wonderful boy, Antoine. It is a daily joy to see him grow and define his own personality. It’s also a great honor to participate in the development of a humain being in its entirety, even though it isn’t always easy!

I deeply believe that everyone has an essential role to play. In different ways, we are brought to give of ourselves for the benefit of our community. L’Étoile de Pacho’s mission spoke to me from the first moment I learned of its existence. Pacho entered my life a few years ago and, without realizing it, has shown me the path that corresponds with my personal values and professional aspirations. He changed my life and perspective on families who live with one or more handicapped children and all the challenges that they face. It’s now my turn to give back to him by making his star bright!

Fannie Perron

FANNIE PERRON, Administrator

Woman of heart and action, Fannie Perron embodies social engagement. Whether it be at the head of Plan Humain, diverse administrative councils, or on her yoga mat, she shares values, knowledge and contacts with the utmost generosity. With a post-graduate diploma in Management from the HEC of Montreal and trained in coaching, she has accumulated more than 20 years of experience with organizations of all sizes and activity sectors.

Mother of 2 wonderful teanagers, I realize how fortunate I am to have two well grounded and healthy children. Giving my time and expertise to such a beautiful and important cause as the one at the L’Étoile de Pacho, was simply natural. I considered it a true joy and a privilege to join the board of directors of L’Étoile de Pacho

Francois Pilon

FRANÇOIS PILON, Parent Administrator

Holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an international MBA, I hold the position of Sales Manager in North America for a packaging company. My role as a manager/salesperson leads me to collaborate with several people to see projects through. I like team work and that’s kind of why I wanted to join the L’Étoile de Pacho organization.

I like to travel and participate in many sports. I love the outdoors and being at my cottage to recharge my batteries with my family. I am the father of a handsome 10 year old boy with special needs. Our daily life with him brought us our share of challenges. We learned to live in this different universe and that’s when L’Étoile de Pacho came our way. It allowed us to meet some great people and I’ve always wanted to give back to an organization that has supported us, so here I am on the Board. I want to contribute to the organization by giving my perspective on being a dad to a special needs child and therefore, understanding what other families like mine need.

Marie-Claude Tardif

MARIE-CLAUDE TARDIF, Administrator

Il y a 10 ans, mon conjoint et moi avons alors été catapultés dans un monde parallèle, un monde inconnu, celui du handicap et de la différence. Ma fille Julianne avait tout juste un an lorsqu’on lui a diagnostiqué une maladie génétique rare qui allait gravement affecter son développement et son autonomie. Comme parents, nous avons rapidement constaté que beaucoup de responsabilités reposaient sur nos épaules avec, malheureusement, trop peu de ressources pour nous accompagner. C’est ici que la mission de L’Étoile de Pacho prend tout son sens et que je désire m’impliquer pour aider les familles comme la mienne.

Je suis diplômée de la faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l’université de Montréal. Après avoir pratiqué en clinique à Montréal et avoir enseigné en technique de santé animale au Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, j’ai pris une pause professionnelle pour passer plus de temps avec ma famille et me consacrer à des causes qui me tiennent à coeur. Jusqu’à récemment, j’étais membre du CA d’un organisme qui a pour mission de rendre accessible l’équitation thérapeutique à une clientèle à besoins particuliers. J’y ai siégé pendant 1 an à titre de trésorière et 3 années à titre de présidente. Cette expérience fut très formatrice et m’a permis de mener de front plusieurs projets structurants et novateurs. Aujourd’hui, c’est avec toute mon énergie, ma détermination et mes connaissances que je souhaite contribuer à la mission de L’Étoile de Pacho.

Julie Raquepas

JULIE RAQUÉPAS, Parent Administrator

With a passion for Human Resources, I occupy the role of Operations Director in the restaurant and events field, but above all, I am mom to the wonderful Hubert, who is poly-handicapped. After giving birth to my premature twins, everything shifted. Émile, my angel baby, took his wings a few days after of being born. His brother, Hubert, very much alive and vibrant with all his energy, has however kept permanent marks of his long hospitalisation in the NICU.

Hubert was about 6 months old when he received his first diagnosis, the one of Auditory Neuropathy, giving him a substantial language disorder. As the months went by, in addition to numerous medical and therapy appointments, I came to the realization that Hubert’s Global Developmental Delay was too severe and he wouldn’t catch up on his corrected age. He has Cerebral Palsy (spastic quadriplegia) as well a significant intellectual disability.

I started a new grieving process when realizing that my child wasn’t neuro typical, and that’s when my vision of things changed. My optismistic temperament drove me into action and I put working on pause to accompany Hubert to rehabilitation for many years. Through this tumultuous journey of being a « different parent », many stars have been placed upon my path to help me through tough challenges. It’s the bright and discrete star of Nathalie Richard that shone for me at just the right time.

I am now ready, and feel the need to be involved within the organization. It is now my turn to make a star shine, and I chose the one of Pacho.

BECAUSE EVERY DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE