Leaving a legacy through CWY-JCM


The Guy Bordeleau Memorial Fund

The Guy Bordeleau Memorial Fund was established by family, friends and colleagues following Guy’s death in 1996.
At the time of his death Guy was serving as Deputy Director of CWY-JCM after a remarkable 17 year career working in various capacities in the organization. Guy was a passionate educator, a risk taker, leader and innovator who was deeply committed to the goals of CWY-JCM and the limitless potential of youth – not only as leaders of tomorrow, but also of today. He felt strongly that while the CWY-JCM program often provided a critical spark to youth building awareness and understanding of their potential role as leaders of progressive social change, more needed to be done beyond the program to build upon and support youth assuming these roles and bringing innovative ideas aimed strengthening international cooperation, solidarity and true partnership to fruition.

The Guy Bordeleau Memorial Fund is an endowment fund managed by the Vancouver Foundation. The capital from this fund is locked in perpetuity and the interest generated will provide bursaries aimed at supporting youth initiatives post-program. The main criteria for disbursement of these bursaries are that they are youth-focused, community-based, people-centered, innovative and built upon partnerships.


The KATERI melançon and Fernande Monette Memorial Fund 

The Kateri Fund was initially created by the Melançon family to honour her memory by funding Canada World Youth projects in South America aimed at helping disadvantaged young women obtain sustainable livelihoods and lift themselves out of poverty. In 1989, Kateri participated in a CWY-JCM exchange program in Colombia. She gained insight into the diverse experiences and challenges of women living in this region, transforming her global view of social justice and equity. 

In accordance with the wishes of the late Fernande Monette, Kateri’s aunt, an endowment trust was established as part of the fund in the memory of both Kateri and Fernande. The Kateri Melançon and Fernande Monette Memorial Fund is allocated towards supporting gender equity and female empowerment programs offered by CWY-JCM in Latin America and South East Asia.