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Executive Director of a client-run activity centre in Moncton, Eugène LeBlanc has been leading the Groupe de support émotionnel Inc. since 1987. He also publishes and edits Our Voice / Notre Voix. He has traveled extensively across Canada and has served on many provincial and national organizations in putting forward progressive mental health policy direction to help and advocate for the rights of the consumer / survivor community. In 2001, he was Masters of Ceremonies at an international conference on empowerment in Montreal. In 2003, the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission acknowledged his groundbreaking efforts by granting him the annual Human Rights Award at a reception in his honor. He currently presides the New Brunswick Mental Health Activity Center Association.

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Nérée St-Amand, who holds a doctorate in sociology, has been a professor since 1990 at the University of Ottawa School of Social Work, where he directs the undergraduate social work program. He started his career as a child protection worker in New Brunswick and went on to teach from 1982 to 1990 at the Université de Moncton, where he was Director of the School of Social Work. He interest lies in creating networks of solidarity, on people’s potential and alternative social health practices. He has published several books and numerous articles in the field of alternative strategies; he co-founded the journal Reflets and has developed a web site dealing with social intervention alternatives: ( Alternative Intervention ).