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 2019-2020 Board of Directors are:

Chair: Frances LeBlanc

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. 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: Wenona LaBillois 

Wenona LaBillois holds a College Diploma in Aquaculture from New Brunswick Community College and a Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship from Oulton College. A proud Mik’maq woman from Eel River Bar First Nation (Ugpi’ganjig). Wenona is committed to women’s causes including empowerment and co-support. During her work at the Eel River Bar First Nations Fisheries Department she leads the creation and management of many projects under the Aquatic and Habitat Recovery Program. Following her time there she continued to lead projects and creating jobs for her community. Her passion is to create equitable work places and facilitate community consultation to draw out all the voices that need to be heard.

Northeast Representative: Vacant

Southeast Representative: Kafiy Nzeya-Weva

Kafiy Nzeya-Weva is a career public servant in the federal and provincial public service. She has also worked in non-governmental organizations as Executive Director of the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area, the Coordinator of Femme Équité Atlantique and Project Officer of Women Working With Immigrant Women of New Brunswick. She holds a Bachelor's in Industrial Relations from Laval University and a Master's in Public Administration from Université de Moncton. She has a keen interest in social justice, notably women's equality and diversity. She was a founding member of the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick and a member of the New Brunswick Women's Collective. She has previously sat on the Board of Directors of the l’Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadiennes as the representative from New Brunswick.

Upper River Valley Representative: Lise Hitchcock

Lise Hitchcock has been the Director of the AIC Community Residence in Grand-Falls since 2009. She is also the Regional Housing Manager who works towards finding low-cost housing for low-income families. Lise previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for the School District 14. She has a College Diploma in Community Living Intervention from the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick. She stands out through her involvement as a volunteer with the New Brunswick Community Living Association as well as many other organizations and committees in her community.

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: Andrea Hatt

Andrea Hatt is a papermaker at Irving Pulp & Paper in Saint John. She is the first female operator in the entire organization and has been employed there for 17 years. She is a single mother of two which has driven her, in the last 5 years, to become more engaged as a political, community and female activist. Andrea now sits on the Unifor Atlantic Regional Women’s Committee as their union representative for New Brunswick along with being the communications officer, women’s committee rep and union steward in her workplace.

Capital Region Representative:  Kerri Froc

Kerri A. Froc is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick, as well as a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar.  She is also writing a book tentatively titled, “The Gendered Constitution.” It concerns gender equality in Canadian constitutional law. Dr. Froc received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University (2016), her Master of Laws from the University of Ottawa (2009); her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (1996); and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina (1993).  Her research interests include theories of constitutional interpretation, access to justice, reproductive rights, rights of political representation, and complex rights violations experienced by working women, poor women and racialized and Indigenous women. Before completing her Ph.D., Dr. Froc spent 18 years as a lawyer, including 10 years working as a staff lawyer for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA).  While at the CBA, she worked on issues concerning diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and successfully lobbied for governmental benefits to be paid for the self-employed during parental leave.  She is a member of the bars of Ontario (2005) and Saskatchewan (1997). 

Observer : Nancy Arseneau (NBNU)

Cathy Wall has been a RN for 25 years, receiving her diploma of nursing  from the Saint John School of Nursing in 1993. She realized the importance of strong role models for her fellow co workers and her 2 daughters, she returned to school and receive her Bachelor of Nursing in 2007. Cathy moved into Nurse Managing at the SJRH shortly their after. There she continues to mentor and lead nurses in the Ambulatory Care Program. Cathy spent much time volunteering with softball and cheerleading in Saint John while her girls were young. Cathy has always been a strong believer in Social Justice and once her daughters were teenagers she was able to become more active at a local level. Becoming more active in her local union she became the local president then became a board member of NBNU in 2014 as the Unit Rep for Nurse Managers and Supervisors. Cathy is now the 2nd VP on NBNU and continues to advocate for healthcare, Social Justice and the rights of all New Brunswicker’s. 

Observer : Sylvia Melanson (NBU)





Observer : Iris Llod (CUPE)


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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