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About Us

CYA Team

The Office of the New Brunswick Child and Youth Advocate has passionate staff ready to help youth in our province. Below is a list of our employees, their position, and contact information.

Advocate

Norman Bossé, Q.C.

Child and Youth Advocate

Advocacy and outreach

Christian Whalen

Deputy Advocate/Senior Legal Council

Gavin Kotze

Director of Systemic Advocacy

Sarah Dennene

Research, Education and Outreach Director

Delegates

Melanie LeBlanc

Director of Individual Case Advocacy

Marcelle Woods

Delegate

Michelle Lepage

Delegate

Nathalie Gagnon

Delegate

Wendy Cartwright

Delegate

Administration

Juliette Babineau-Moore

Office Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandate

Mandate

  • Ensuring the rights and interests of children and youth are protected;
  • Ensuring the views of children and youth are heard and considered where those views might not otherwise be advanced;
  • Ensuring children and youth have access to approved services and that complaints about these services receive appropriate attention;
  • Providing information and advice to government, government agencies and communities about the availability, effectiveness, responsiveness and relevance of services to children and youth; and
  • Acting as an advocate for the rights and interests of children and youth in general.

Meet The Child and Youth Advocate

NormBosseNorman J. Bossé
Child and Youth Advocate

Norman J. Bossé, Q.C., was appointed Child and Youth Advocate for New Brunswick on June 14, 2013. Mr. Bossé has had an extensive legal career with nearly 30 years as a practicing lawyer with law firms Clark Drummie and McInnes Cooper. He became a partner with Clark Drummie in 1995 and with McInnes Cooper subsequent to the firms’ 2010 merger. In 2008, he was appointed as Queen’s Counsel. In 1993-94, Mr. Bossé served as counsel to the victims of abuse during the Miller Inquiry, which dealt with abuse at the Kingsclear Youth Training Center. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Law Society of New Brunswick, where he served as Chairperson of the Complaints Committee from 2005 to 2013. Mr. Bossé has also served as an Honourary Solicitor and President of the New Brunswick Division of the Canadian Cancer Society, and as a member of the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute. He was awarded an Honorary Life Membership from the Canadian Cancer Society in 2001. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Bossé taught junior high school in Sussex, New Brunswick. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, and Bachelors of Arts and Education from St. Thomas University. Mr. Bossé is also certified as a mediator by the Lex Mundi College of Mediation and holds a Certificate of Achievement in Advanced Dispute Resolution from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor. An avid musician and sport enthusiast, Mr. Bossé and his wife, Moira, reside in Saint John, and have four children and nine grandchildren.

Our Mandate: What We Do

What we do...

  • Listen to the needs and concerns of area children and youth.
  • Ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
  • Make sure your views are heard in the appropriate forums.
  • Investigate complaints you may have about how previous situations were handled by government agencies.
  • Assure you have proper access to the appropriate services.
  • Continually monitor laws and policies to make sure they are not only fair to you, but that they are followed properly as well.
  • Report on the availability, effectiveness, responsiveness, and relevance of child and youth services in your community.
  • Act as the advocate for the rights and interests of children and youth in general.

What we do not do...

  • Act as an advocate for the rights and interests of parents or adults.
  • Act as legal counsel in any fashion.

If you are unsure if we are the right place to get help for you, please contact us. We'll either help you or direct you to the best place to find the answers you need.

Mandate

  • Ensuring the rights and interests of children and youth are protected;
  • Ensuring the views of children and youth are heard and considered where those views might not otherwise be advanced;
  • Ensuring children and youth have access to approved services and that complaints about these services receive appropriate attention;
  • Providing information and advice to government, government agencies and communities about the availability, effectiveness, responsiveness, and relevance of services to children and youth; and
  • Acting as an advocate for the rights and interests of children and youth in general.

Click here to see the Child, Youth and Senior Advocate Act 

 

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