Before the start of the season, we met with Capstan Coordinator Marc Pelletier to talk about the latest edition of our flagship program Capstan, tailored to youth aged 18 to 30 who are involved in a reintegration process.
For Marc, 2022 was a year of transition. A Capstan counsellor from 2021 onwards, Pelletier quickly realized the program's potential. He became its coordinator in 2022, yet his new role did not come without challenges. Marc joined the Capstan team as soon as registrations opened and had to use his counselling skills to efficiently promote the program. His efforts paid off, as well as those of Coordinating Assistant Catherine Thibault who was in charge of transportation and follow-up meetings. Marc and Catherine made 2022 a resounding success with 230 applications, 5 meetings (including group interviews), 60 participants and 9 counsellors.
With this first year behind him, Marc Pelletier looks forward to the 2023 season with great optimism - and a determination to reach out to a wider audience:
"We always make a point of meeting all potential applicants before selecting participants. But this year, we started seeking out applicants from outside Montreal and Quebec City, rather than waiting for them to come to us. We organized a group meeting in Rimouski to increase access to the program. Our goal is to go to even more cities in the years to come.”
In addition to this greater geographic scope, Marc is noticing an increase in registration numbers as well as a growing interest among individuals self-identifying as BIPOCs. This inspires the Capstan team to carry on, towards the bright future which lies ahead.