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Owen is inspired by the amazing staff and members of each Boys and Girls Club, who often face their own challenges but create a world of possibilities for the next generation. He believes the work of our Clubs is vital and our story needs to be told, to give each and every child and youth that passes through our doors the opportunity to grow and build on their ambitions. While he doesn’t get to work directly with kids on a day-to-day basis anymore, he cherishes visits to Clubs and being in the middle of the activities, where you can sometimes hear his ‘camp counsellor voice’ in action.
Born in Toronto, raised in St. John’s, Owen has worked with many non-profit organizations through his career, including youth-serving organizations like the YM-YWCA and Easter Seals. In executive leadership roles, he has focused on marketing and fundraising to raise the profile and grow the impact of various health charities and hospital foundations, and at CanadaHelps, to encourage technologically-enabled philanthropy.
A proponent of a strong, collective voice for the non-profit sector, Owen is a member of the Advisory Committee for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University and former chair of Imagine Canada. He holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management, both from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also an adjunct member of York’s faculty, lecturing at the MBA-level on nonprofit management.
Working closely with Club staff and board members over the last decade, Marlene has cherished watching our organization grow and serve more young people every year. She loves visiting Clubs during after-school programs, where you can see children interacting, learning, and thriving.
Marlene’s understanding of the voluntary sector comes from more than 30 years of working with charities and nonprofit organizations. Before joining Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Marlene was president of Volunteer Canada for nearly five years, where she led a team that fostered volunteerism and civic participation in Canada. Her work with United Way established a landmark agreement between United Way of Canada-Centraide Canada and its members. As Chair of the Senior Sector Steering Group for the Voluntary Sector Initiative, Marlene joined the Prime Minister of Canada to sign the Voluntary Sector Accord in 2001.
Marlene has also occupied various volunteer roles: She has chaired the Board of Centraide Outaouais and is past Chair of the Board of the HR Council for the Voluntary Sector. She is currently a member of the Board of Imagine Canada, and chairs the Governance Committee. She is also on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Society for the Outaouais region. Marlene holds a Master’s of Management from McGill University.
Mathieu is dedicated to shouting Boys and Girls Club praises from the rooftops, whether through marketing, media, or megaphone. He believes every young person should be able to dream big and have the same opportunities to realize those dreams.
For more than 20 years, Mathieu has cultivated connections with the executives and sponsors of major corporate and non-profit organizations. His networking skills have contributed to very successful strategic campaigns for Cineplex Media and Pride Toronto, as well as volunteer organizations like Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), The 519 Community Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Toronto (MOCA), and Ciné-Franco.
Fluently bilingual, Mathieu frequently appears on CBC’s Francophone radio broadcaster, Radio-Canada, covering a wide range of social, cultural, and political affairs, and he has published over a thousand stories in French and English magazines. With a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Carleton University, he has also completed two years of his PhD in Sociology of Communications from l’UQÀM in Montreal.