Meet Olivier

Olivier Gauvin

JQY Program Coordinator

Pronoun: He


1. What is your biggest dream?

To bike along the whole Trans-Canada Trail. I’ve had the privilege of visiting all but two continents, but Istill haven’t seen a lot of Canada.

2. Who is the person you admire most and why?

Murasaki Shikibu. I can’t say she’s the person I admire most, but she deserves to be known far and wide. About a thousand years ago, in Japan, she learned and taught Chinese to women when only men were allowed to learn it, and she wrote what is considered to be the first modern novel, a romance that is known as The Tale of Genji. That story is still considered a cornerstone of Japanese literature, and is a constant reminder that resisting established order needs but a single idea.

3. What object could you not do without?

My bike. It comes with me wherever I go, from March to December.

4. What would you want people to know about you?

I love making puns, and I’m just a little bit sorry about it.

5. What is your role in JQY?

Accompanying teams in making their project possible!

6. What motivates you the most in the JQY project?

Meeting up with creative teens and young adults who want to make their own mark in their community.

7. What do you do when you need to unwind?

Swimming, rock climbing, biking, playing video games, drinking tea, reading a book… I try to keep it entertaining!

8. What is the film or book that has transformed you the most and why?

A lot of books can fit in that box, but I believe the first one to have quite literally knocked me out was Aliss by Patrick Sénécal. That was the first time a protagonist’s struggles resonated with me.

9. What is the cause or value you will carry throughout your life?

At the moment, I’m keeping up with anything related to making the environment better. Too many things are happening right now, and way too little is being done. Plus, so many links can – and should – be made between struggles like anti-specism and anti-racism.

10. If you were to eat a single food for the rest of your life, it would be…

Mangos, mangos, more mangos!

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