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About Us

“Students were able to practice their French in an authentic way and use French outside the walls of the school. While riding the bus with the students, I overheard a conversation between 2 boys. The boy from MB was speaking French and the boy from QC was speaking English. Both boys getting the most out of the [language exchange] experience”

-Ecole Lorette Immersion, MB – Group Organizer

About the YEC Team

Our team is comprised of staff working across Canada to support the program’s participating groups. Along with Regional Coordinators, who are first contact for questions and concerns, our staff includes a Senior General Manager, National Manager, National Program Coordinator, and administrative staff who work with the Regional Coordinators to complete administrative tasks, communicate with funding sources, complete exchange visits, and generally support the facilitation of the program. Contact information for staff can be found here.

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Application Guideline

Organizing an exchange for a large group of youth can be overwhelming and this application guide will help you to prepare when you’re ready to submit your application online.This application guide is written for those applying to a traditional exchange involving travel. If applying for a virtual exchange, most of the questions remain the same, with a couple of additional questions specific to a virtual exchange. Learn more information on virtual exchanges.

National Office

National Program Manager – Erin Gorman

Address :1800 – 365 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, M4W 3L4

Program Coordinator National Administration - Jess Leduc Robert

Address :1800 – 365 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, M4W 3L4

Administrative Liaison- Kamini Sonnadara

Address :1800 – 365 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, M4W 3L4

Regional Offices

British Columbia

Regional Coordinator - Laura Benson
Address :YMCA of Greater Vancouver (Tong Louie) 14988 57 Ave, Surrey BC V3S 7S6


Regional Coordinator – Joanne Reinhold
Phone:647 330 5322
Address :1800 – 365 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, M4W 3L4


Regional Coordinator - Karen Romero
Phone:780 974 2188
Address :YMCA of Northern Alberta 9538-103A Avenue Edmonton, AB T5H 0J3


Regional Coordinator - Christopher Craig
Phone:514 718 5542

Toll Free 1-866-332-9622 (Quebec and Atlantic only)
Address :YMCAs of Québec 6th Floor -1435 Rue Drummond Montreal and "QC H3G 1W4" and"QC, PE, NS, NB et NL

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