The Facilitators

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Noémie Bourbonnais

During my bachelor degree in education, it became apparent that I had to explore alternatives to conventional schools so that I could stay true to myself and to my values. Democratic or ecologic education naturally emerged from my searches. Thus, I decided to join the Redaq network (Réseau des Écoles Démocratiques Au Québec). I have been involved in projects that relates to childhood, non-violent communication and self-directed learning.

 noemie.bourbonnais@gmail.com  

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Marc-Alexandre Prud’homme 

I am the proud father of a two-year old girl. I teach as a part-time professor in education in different universities in Quebec and Ontario. I have taught at Compass, a centre for self-directed learning in Ottawa, for four years. My studies at both the master’s and doctoral levels have dealt with democratic schools and self-directed learning. I am one of the co-founders of the Redaq (Réseau des écoles démocratiques au Québec).

mprud15@gmail.com

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Mika

I am a Mother of two wonderful children. I am also a yoga teacher, a Zen Shiatsu therapist, a group facilitator in nature therapy and a democratic education mentor. During my school years, I attended an open school. In 2007, I graduated from the Institute of Democratic Education in Israel with bachelor degree in Democratic education, Science and Environmental education. I have worked in alternative education for 10 years, taking an active role in teams that have established and opened new initiatives in democratic education. Since coming to Montreal, I have joined the RÉDAQ. I am very happy to be part of this journey of Mont Libre.

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Kathleen Wilson

I am an inter-disciplinary scholar, performance artist and mother of two small children. I studied dance anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin for my PhD. I have experience teaching the arts in high school and sociology/anthropology in CEGEP. My first experience of alternative education was at the Dawson College New School. Since then, I have been interested and involved in workshops experimenting alternative pedagogies.  I am very happy to take part in this creation.

David Lacalamita

I’m a musician and educator, the son of two musician-educators and husband of a specialist in neurodiversity and special education. I studied classical piano and education at Western University, and play electric bass in a touring band. Throughout my years in school, I always found extra-curricular activities to be the most engaging and found every way possible to spend more time doing the things I wanted to do. My friends and I shot films and made cartoons, started a radio show, put on rock shows, and often escaped to the promised land of self-directed learning: video games. Now, as a music teacher with the EMSB, I am constantly seeking out ways to give more agency and autonomy to my students, and provide them with the kinds of support I had (and wish I’d had) throughout school.