Executive Director of the Centre des Jeunes Francophones de Toronto, editor of the magazine Taloua and Ontario representative on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Steering Committee, Léonie Tchatat has been in Toronto since 1990. While she was a student, she encountered many difficulties that prompted her to become actively involved in the francophone community and especially in assisting young francophones from ethnocultural minorities. For over ten years, Léonie has been giving her time as a volunteer to work for social and cultural change. She also has a vast knowledge of the issues facing racial and ethnocultural minorities in the francophone community.
In recognition of her leadership in both francophone and anglophone communities, Léonie was a recipient of the Youth Pioneer Award, given by Skills For Change for her accomplishments, actions and community leadership. An outstanding manager and communicator, Léonie always finds a creative solution that is appropriate to the situation, in order to provide assistance to young people.