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LOVE’S MISSION

To reduce violence in the lives of youth and in our communities by building a team of youth who communicate a message of non-violence.

LOVE’S DEFINITION OF VIOLENCE

Youth from LOVE have been witnesses, victims and/or perpetrators of violence.
At LOVE, we define violence as any action that causes pain. Violence can be emotional, physical or social. This includes domestic abuse, rape, sexual harassment, self-harm, different forms of bullying (including physical, social, verbal, emotional, psychological and extortion), fighting, sexual abuse, gang-related violence, substance abuse and substance-related violence, suicide (family members, peers, or personal attempts), and hate crimes such as racism, sexism, and homophobia.

LOVE’S VISION

To inspire youth to build a society free of fear and violence.
LOVE believes that youth offer concrete reality-based solutions to their own problems and that changes in youth attitudes and behaviours are best made through peer-to-peer communication. This approach gives program participants the ability to change themselves, while also building the capacity to help others.
LOVE’s approach recognizes and validates the perspective from which youth speak.

LOVE’S RESULTS

| 80%* of our graduates reported that there has been a significant decrease in their experiences with violence.
| 82%* have completed or are in the process of completing Cegep.
| 92%* have completed their secondary education, while the average high school graduation rate is only 64%** in the greater Montreal region.

* LOVE Alumni Questionnaire Results, 2015
** Statistic from Montreal Hooked on School, 2011

LOVE’S VALUES

| LOVE listens to youth and creates a safe, accepting atmosphere where youth are heard.
| LOVE gives youth a sense of purpose: to change the world by reducing violence.
| LOVE creates strong relationships based on trust.
| LOVE helps youth realize and grow their capacities through its educational programs.
| LOVE helps youth to build self-esteem and lead constructive lives.

LOVE’S STORY

LOVE is a non-profit organization based in Montreal and founded by Mrs.Twinkle Rudberg in 1993. Following her husband’s murder by a 14 year old boy, Twinkle became convinced that the young perpetrator was himself a victim of violence. Thus, LOVE was born. The organization has made a significant impact on youth aged 13 to 19 by helping them end the cycles of violence in their lives and by training them to become leaders in violence-prevention within their communities. LOVE’s violence prevention programs have been enthusiastically endorsed by schools, government, community organizations and corporations who believe in the immense potential of our youth. Over the last 20 years, LOVE has launched programs in Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver.

 

LOVE QUÉBEC TEAM

Founder
Twinkle Rudberg, M.S.M.

Co-Founder
Harry Hopmeyer (deceased)

Program Co-Founders
Brenda Proulx
Stanley Chase

LOVE National President
Daniel Holland

 

LOVE Québec – Board of Directors

Diane Bussandri, President of the Board
Consultant Corporate Affairs

Adam Goldberg, Vice-President

President, DCK Concessions

Aissatou Ba, Treasurer
Finance Consultant 

Simon V. Potter, Past-President
Lawyer, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault

Satoko Ingram 
Social Worker, Newton Foundation  

Caroline Losson 
Vice-President Marketing, Keurig Canada

Éric Falardeau 
Consultant, McKinsey & Company of Canada

Adam Goldberg
President, DCK Concessions

Isabel Valenta
Associate, Greenspoon Bellemare LLP

Mitch Halickman

First Vice-President, CIBC WoodGundy

 

LOVE Québec – Interim Executive Director
Adam Goldberg

Director of Finance and Administration
Joel-Marc Golberg

Director of Operations
Joe Allen

 

Program Staff
Breana Prince-Harris
Émile Trottier-Dufour
Frank Carocciolo
Margaux Bennardi
Vera Fares