foundation governance

Simone Hélène Hanchet

Director of Communications and Program
Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
Sauvé Scholars Foundation

As Director of Program and Communications at the Sauvé Scholars Foundation, Simone has three primary areas of responsibility.

First, as Program Director, she designs the structure and content of the Sauvé Scholars Program annually. She then oversees the day-to-day delivery of all key program elements, from intimate professional development workshops to large-scale public addresses. Central to this role, she is also privileged with the task of supporting Scholars individually in their professional, intellectual, personal, and project goals.

In addition, Simone is also responsible for overseeing the Foundation's official communications, including its website and newsletter. Finally, Simone manages the international Scholar recruitment and selection process.

Simone loves her work at the Sauvé Foundation and most enjoys learning from (and contributing to) the program participants' remarkable and diverse life experiences.

Simone brings to her role at the Foundation ten years of experience in the field of environmental conservation. Her varied roles have taken her to many remote and beautiful parts of Canada and the world, where she has worked with communities on river conservation, marine species monitoring and protection, landscape preservation, environmental education, and eco-tourism. She continues to work on a part-time basis for QLF, an environmental NGO, as Director of the organization's Canadian Headquarters in Montreal.

With an undergraduate degree from the McGill School of Environment and a Masters in Public Policy from Concordia University, Simone's academic interests lie in developing models of education that foster a shift towards ecologically and socially responsible living. A long-time educator of children, teens, and young adults, Simone has always found opportunities to apply her academic background in practical ways.

Simone is closely involved with Tubahumurize, an association serving Rwandan women victims of violence. In 2009, she lived and worked at the Tubahumurize Centre in Kigali. Today, in addition to fundraising for this group,Simone is helping the association's Director to write her life story and hopes to find a publisher for this extraordinary memoire soon.

Simone is a also yoga instructor trained in the Bali Method,which emphasizes stress reduction as well as core strength and flexibility. She has led yoga classes for people of all ages and in all states of health, including three cohorts of Sauvé Scholars, and loves this role because it invariably makes people feel happier, healthier, and less stressed out.

In her spare time, Simone is a free-lance editor, cross-country skier, hiker, and amateur (possibly graceless) ballerina.

“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991