About us

In 2012, the Missionaries of Notre-Dame S.J. decided, with their collaborators, to launch a new social and cultural mission inside their building on rue Dauphine. Their priority was to direct their actions towards immigrant and refugee populations.

They reflected on their process, which involved a dozen people from the community, university, and institutional sectors, from September to December 2013. This exercise really helped to target needs in the field.

In January 2014, all these efforts led to the creation of a new charity called Carrefour d’action interculturelle (CAI). Its mission is to carry out accompaniment activities for immigrants and refugees.

On November 10, 2015, the CAI became a corporation registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec.

On July 18, 2016, it was recognized as a charitable organization by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Since the very beginning, the CAI’s actions and expertise have been recognised by various local, regional, provincial, and federal authorities.

At the end of 2018, the CAI moved to the Maison Mère-Mallet, to provide services that complemented the other organisations located at the same address. This move also marked a transition to financial autonomy as the organization is no longer funded by the Jesuit Missionaries.

The CAI is a young and dynamic organization whose commitment is central to the evolution of immigrant realities in Quebec City. In fact, its services and activities are developed and adapted according to the needs expressed by its members. In addition, it remains connected to the social science research sector and to current events related to the field of immigration.

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Our mission

The Carrefour d’Action Interculturelle (CAI) actively contributes to the social and economic inclusion of immigrants of any status. It achieves this objective by :

The organization’s core values are unconditional acceptance , solidarity, mutual aid and respect for dignity.

Our team

Whether as a staff member, volunteer, or partner, being part of the CAI team, on a regular or ad-hoc basis, is above all about adhering to a project and to common values. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributes in a wonderful way to this adventure.

Laurie Arsenault
Laurie Arsenault-Paré
Arianne leclerc
Arianne Leclerc
Community worker
Janie crosnier
Min Janie Crosnier
Person in charge of the Immigr'Action project and coordinator of the French conversation workshops
Ana Zuleima Suarez
Ana Zuleima Suarez
Community worker - Ainé.es de la diversité
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Zachary Millette
Socio-cultural coordinator
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Marwa Ben Gaied
Resource person - Immigr'Action Project
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Karine Bélanger

Board of trustees

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Urbano Matos
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Claudia Prévost
Vice President
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Nicolas Dubé-Tourigny
Designated person responsible - Harassment prevention policy
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Thomas-Olivier Gaboury
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Monica Borras Ulloa
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Vahideh Gholami
Arianne leclerc
Arianne Leclerc
Employee representative
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Ana Larice Meneses