Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of 11 people elected at the Annual General Meeting, observers representing "visionary" organizations (large donors) and the Executive Director.
The members of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors are:

Frances LeBlanc is the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Chiropractors’ Association and part-time chiropractor in Moncton. Frances completed a Bachelor’s degree and graduate studies in psychology at the Université de Moncton. She later graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and further completing a Master`s in Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University.  Frances’ is a passionate advocate with a particular interest in enhancing access to care/services for vulnerable populations and women’s rights. Frances continues to support the work of numerous organizations and groups, including the NB Advisory Board of The Arthritis Society, member of the Coalition’s 2016-2017 Fundraising Committee, a best practice collaborator for the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative among others.

Francophone Vice-Chair: Isabelle McKee-Allain

Isabelle McKee-Allain had a long career at the Université de Moncton as a professor of Sociology and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, the first female dean within the institution. She holds a PhD in sociology from the Université de Montrèal, she is dedicated to feminist studies both in her teaching and in her research. She is an author or co-author of more than forty publications, she was a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Feminist Research for 12 years, coordinator of a national conference Canadian Institute for Research on Women (CRIAW) held in Moncton and member of several committees for equality and social justice. She is currently a member of both the Coalition’s 2016-2017 Fundraising Campaign Planning Committee and its Fundraising Committee. She is also the Treasurer of the Salon du livre de Dieppe (Dieppe Book Fair) and the Vice-President of the Comité de la Francophonie, City of Dieppe.

Anglophone Vice-Chair: Vallie Stearns-Anderson 

Vallie Stearns Anderson has been a long time activist for women's rights. She has worked as an advocate for abused women as a sexual assault crisis counsellor, community liaison worker, public educator and front-line shelter worker for over 15 years, mostly in Ottawa, Ontario. She has also worked on community health and legal projects including pay equity. She has worked for CUPE Maritimes since 2005 as a union representative and most recently in research on social and fiscal policy as well as support for collective bargaining and public education campaigns on behalf of public sector workers (currently on extended leave). She has been on the Board of Directors of the NB Coalition for Pay Equity since 2011.

Secretary-Treasurer:  Monique Levesque

Monique Levesque has been a Professor at the Université de Moncton’s Faculty of Administration in accounting and taxation for the past 20 years. Her background is in accounting, business management and education. Before her university career, she worked in economic development, in accounting and as an independent professional. Her community involvement is varied. She was treasurer of several organizations including la Fondation des Jeux de l’Acadie, and the Société de promotion Grand-Pré. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Société du Monument Lefebvre and Éditions Perce-Neige, and is the treasurer of the Community Radio Fund of Canada. 
First Nation Representative: Tanna Pirie-Wilson 
A proud Wolastoqiyik from Neqotkuk Maliseet Nation, Tanna Pirie-Wilson is committed to advocating for equality rights. She is currently CEO of Band Operations for Tobique First Nation. She has been a part of many human rights and social justice committees over her 15 year career as federal public servant. She was heavily involved in her union: PSAC Atlantic Aboriginal Representative, NB CEIU Equality and Diversity Committee Chair, CEIU Local Secretary, CEIU Human Rights and Race Relations Committee, and a tireless advocate for the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls.
Northeast Representative: Monica Thériault
Monica Thériault is the Executive Director of the Community Inclusion Network of the Acadian Peninsula, an organization working to reduce poverty. By serving on the Table de concertation pour contrer la violence conjugale et familiale dans la Péninsule acadienne, she soon learned that there was still work to be done to ensure women had equal opportunities in society. A dietician training by training, she is passionate about food security and sustainable and local food. She received her Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) at the Université de Moncton in 2012.

Southeast Representative: Alexandre Cédric Doucet
Alexandre Cédric Doucet is a recent graduate of the Université de Moncton with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In September 2017, he will begin the double master’s program in public administration and the bachelor’s degree in law. Alexandre Cédric is an activist of all forms of social justice. More specifically, in the area of post-secondary education and women’s rights. He is currently serving his second term at the fédération des étudiantes et étudiants du campus universitaire de Moncton (FÉÉCUM) as executive vice-president. Its goal within the Coalition is to work to find a way to educate as many people as possible about pay equity.

Upper River Valley Representative: Élaine Roussel

Elaine Roussel graduated in May 2013 with a Master of Business Administration from the Université de Moncton.  She currently works as a personal financial consultant. Originally from Edmundston, she is involved with the Youth Secretariat of Edmundston in order to promote her hometown and to encourage youth entrepreneurship as well as the development of youth engagement. She is very interested in economic development and in social causes. Her goal with the Coalition is to promote and raise private businesses' awareness of how pay equity has the potential of increasing the purchasing power of women as well as to educate youth and future entrepreneurs.


Kent-Miramichi Representative: Susie Proulx-Daigle

Susie Proulx-Daigle became a permanent employee of the provincial government's Department of Social Development in 1990, after six years of working on contract. Her first involvement with the New Brunswick Union (NBU) was attending meetings of the Administrative Assistants Component group. Her passion for her work and the union eventually led to her become a member of the NBU executive for a two-year term as second vice-president. Elected as president of the NBU in 2008, Susie makes sure NBU members voices are heard on a national level as she serves as the vice-president for the National Union of Public and General Employees executive board. While strong leadership is important, she believes the real strength of NBU lies in its members. 

South Representative: Carol Lynn Gamblin
Originally from Sussex, New Brunswick, Carol Lynn Gamblin has worked, volunteered and studied in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, pursuing interests in a number of areas including Chemical Engineering, purchasing and inventory control, logistics and the culinary arts.  However, after volunteering with the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) crisis line for five years, Carol Lynn found a position in Sussex, working at Transition House as a Crisis Intervenor and later as their Community Outreach Coordinator. She now works in St. Stephen providing Outreach services to clients in Charlotte County.  This year, Carol Lynn has completed University of New Brunswick’s Family Violence Issues Certificate Program.  
Capital Representative:  Jula Hughes

Jula Hughes is a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick where she teaches in the areas of criminal law and jurisprudence. Jula's research focuses on the application of criminal law to marginalized populations, judicial ethics, and community driven research in Aboriginal law, feminist advocacy and access to justice. Before her academic appointment, Jula practiced law in Ottawa where she was involved in a number of federal pay equity cases. She has been working with the Pay Equity Coalition since 2009.


Observer : Nancy Arseneau 

Nancy Arseneau graduated in 1984 from the Université de Moncton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. A proud mother of four young men, she has always found time to volunteer in such activities as the Jeux D’Acadie, Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Regional Milk Fund for Schools and Canada World Youth. She is a former president for organizations such as the Bathurst Healthy Community Network where she has been responsible for several community initiatives and public policy changes as well as Regional Family Violence and Health Forums. Today, a public health nurse, she is the communicable disease coordinator for zone 6 of the Vitalité Health Network, second vice-president and member of the board of directors of the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) as well as a member of the N.B. Common Front for Social Justice and the N.B. Health Coalition. She believes that advocacy and lobbying efforts are important in order to influence decisions or to bring social, political, economic or environmental changes in our society.

Observer : Sylvia Melanson


Observer : Odette Robichaud 

Odette Robichaud has been a Court stenographer and trade unionist for over 34 years. She is currently President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1840 and Vice-President responsible for Women’s Issues with CUPE NB. She also sits on the CUPE NB Division’s Executive Board. Throughout her career, Odette has served on various committees working for women’s and workers’ rights. She has also been involved with a national taskforce group developed to better understand women’s issues in the union movement and identity solutions to facilitate their participation. Because of her interest in pay equity, Odette previously sat on the Coalition’s Board of Directors as Francophone Vice-chair and now sits as an observer on behalf of CUPE NB.


Executive Director: Johanne Perron

Johanne Perron has been the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity since 2001. She is interested in social justice, in particular women’s equality. She has a B.A. in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the Université de Moncton. In her paid and volunteer work, she has been involved with various organizations such as the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada World Youth, Oxfam, the Common Front for Social Justice and the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation.


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