About Us

"LOVE helped me become a better person, find out who I am and where I belong in life. LOVE made a huge difference by helping me turn my anger and pain into something positive." - Sarah, LOVE (Québec) Youth

Our Story

LOVE was founded in 1993 by Sheila (Twinkle) Rudberg. Following the death of her husband by a 14-year old boy, Twinkle came to see that the youth himself was a victim of violence. Inspired to end the cycle of violence in the lives of young people, Twinkle enlisted the support of passionate members of the Montreal community to spark LOVE's first flames.

What started as a small, grassroots, youth photojournalism project running out of the basement of Montreal's Dawson College soon blossomed into a well-established national program, warmly recognized by governments, schools, corporate and community organizations for the meaningful impact it was having on young people. LOVE currently runs programs across Canada in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

Photo: LOVE (Québec)’s Founder, Twinkle Rudberg (left), with Brenda Proulx, creator of LOVE’s first photojournalism program (right). Credit: George Liberman

Our Vision

To be a leader in building innovative and sustainable programs that promote the mental, emotional, and social health of youth.

Our Mission

Engage Youth. Build Bridges. Realize Potential.

Today's world is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to navigate. It is especially unforgiving for those who have suffered physical, mental or emotional challenges and various forms of discrimination.

LOVE supports youth to thrive through programs and healthy relationships that build emotional intelligence and help overcome the challenges they face. Our participants emerge from LOVE’s programs with greater resilience, heightened skills, and the confidence to be inspirational leaders.

Our Values

  • INNOVATION: We respond to the needs of our community through our unique, dynamic and adaptive approach.
  • GROWTH: We nurture the development of our youth and communities, and strive to increase our impact across Greater Montreal.
  • INCLUSIVENESS: We welcome and accept individuals of all backgrounds and build bridges between them.
  • RELIABILITY: We steward relationships and use evidence-based approaches to consistently uphold the quality of our work and the trust of our stakeholders.
  • TRANSPARENCY: We commit to clear, honest, and open communication, and are accountable to our youth, staff, donors and supporters.

Our Youth

LOVE (Québec)'s programs unite youth from diverse backgrounds and attempt to position themselves in areas with the greatest need. Our youth are all between the ages of 12 and 21 and have faced multiple social and systemic barriers. Many have suffered physical or emotional trauma, bullying, gang or substance-related violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination.

Over 70% of LOVE (Québec)'s youth have experienced bullying, violence, or discrimination either in their homes or in the wider community. Almost 30% were referred to LOVE (Québec) by a friend; 20% referred by social workers.

Our Programs

LOVE (Québec) offers over 30 innovative media-arts and leadership programs in 25 different schools throughout the Greater Montreal Region.

Click below to learn more about our programs and the schools in which we provide our services.

Our Founders

Twinkle Rudberg

(Deceased)

Harry Hopmeyer

Our Board of Directors

Human Resources Consultant

Diane Bussandri (Board President)

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Financial Consultant

Aissatou Ba (Board Treasurer)

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Lawyer at Lavery, de Billy, LLP

Isabel Valenta (Board Secretary)

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Social Worker, Newton Foundation

Satoko Ingram

Managing Director, Aircraft Programs, Air Canada (retired)

Doug Finn

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Sr. Manager, Solution Engineering (Canada), Salesforce

Lauren Burns

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Vice President, Strategy and Alternative Investments, iNFiNi-t Wealth Management Advisers Inc.

Mathieu Erard

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Student, University of Montreal & LOVE (Québec) Alumni

Aissatou Baldé

President & Owner, Burovision

Alexandra Choquette

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Our Staff

Co-Executive Director

Joseph Allen

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Co-Executive Director

Michael Leclair

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Program Manager

Vera Fares

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Senior Program Coordinator

Émile Trottier-Dufour

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Program Coordinator

Florence Aubin-Cloutier

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Program Coordinator

Audrey Brunette

Program Coordinator

Dayna Halperin

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Communications & Development Coordinator

Shane Thompson

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Contact Other Chapters

British Columbia

2455 Fraser St

Vancouver, BC V5T 0E6

604-709-5728
info-bc@loveorganization.ca

Nova Scotia

2171 Gottingen Street, Suite 205

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3B5

(902) 429-6616
love@eastlink.ca

Ontario

3130 Bathurst St., #202

Toronto, Ontario M6A 2A1

416-785-8411
info-on@loveorganization.ca