The team

Executive Director and IBCLC

Sophie Morel, directrice et IBCLC

Sophie Morel 

A graduate in nutrition from the Université de Montréal and holder of a certificate from the IBLCE, Sophie has been involved in community work since 2011. After starting her career as a nutritionist in a CLSC with a multi-ethnic adult clientele, she turned to perinatal care. She is currently completing a certificate in administration.

Following the birth of her first child, she discovered a passion for breastfeeding, baby feeding and carrying. After her second pregnancy, she became involved with Nourri-Source Montreal as a volunteer, before working as a project manager. Her personal and professional experiences allow her to have a global vision of the organization and the issues surrounding breastfeeding.

Since December 2020, she holds the position of Executive Director, all the while training breastfeeding mentors and participating in breastfeeding clinics as a lactation consultant. As Director, she is responsible for coordinating the work of the team, representing Nourri-Source Montreal to institutional and community partners, and ensuring the development and sustainability of the organization for the coming years.

Administrative Assistant

Marie-Claude Biron, adjointe administrative

Marie-Claude Biron  

Marie-Claude has a far-reaching training and expertise. Her first career was as an audiologist for the rehabilitation for young children with hearing loss. Afterwards, she spent more than 20 years as a senior webmaster, creating about a hundred websites for various fields.

Then, at the dawn of her fifties, her interest in perinatal intervention was born. She subsequently followed various training courses and completed a degree in perinatal psychology at UQAM.

As an administrative assistant, Marie-Claude supports the team members in various organizational tasks. On a daily basis, she is in charge of distributing pairing requests between breastfeeding mentors and the mothers who make requests. She also follows up on requests for aspiring mentors and registrations for the various basic breastfeeding and active listening courses. Furthermore, she is responsible for the graphic design of the organization's communication tools, website updates and new web pages, the improvement of the organization's databases and administrative procedures, the development of the Route du Lait and of the Guide des ressources, etc.

Development Officer

Ellie Nash, agente de développement

Ellie Nash  

Having studied political science, international development and business administration, Ellie's career path is naturally a mosaic. Prior to coming to Montreal, she worked in elementary education in disadvantaged areas in Texas and in promoting childhood immunization in rural India. More recently, Ellie has been supporting newly arrived immigrants in Montreal.

With the birth of her daughter in May 2019, Ellie felt an immediate sense of solidarity with past, present and future mothers. Becoming a mentor seemed like a perfect way to do this. She joined the first cohort of pandemic-trained mentors in June 2020.

As Development and Liaison Officer, Ellie's mandate is to consolidate and develop Nourri-Source Montreal's services throughout the island of Montreal. She liaises with community partners and the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network (CIUSSS for its acronym in French) in the city while supporting mentors in their role as volunteers for their sector.

Development and Liaison Officer

Célia Missigbeto, agente de développement et de liaison


Célia Missigbeto  

Originally from Benin and in Quebec since 2005, Célia is the mother of a 4-year-old boy that she breastfed. She holds a bachelor's degree in diplomacy and international relations and a specialized graduate diploma (DESS for its acronym in French) in management.

Her work experience has provided her with skills in social development, customer service and project management. She has a good knowledge of community and municipal environments, and of what it takes to work with volunteers, which will certainly be an asset to the team!

Célia is dynamic and motivated; she is a good communicator and has a great capacity to adapt and be resilient, especially because of a visual impairment that she has had to deal with for several years.

At Nourri-Source Montreal, she holds the position of Development and Liaison Officer. She will be responsible initially for the sectors belonging to the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network (CIUSSS for its acronym in French) - CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest: Côte-des-Neiges/Parc-Extension and NDG-Cavendish. She will liaise with the mentors and partners in the area, while ensuring the implementation of a development project in Côte-des-Neiges.

Funding Coordinator

Luc Forest, coordonnateur au financement

Luc Forest  

Luc has a bachelor's degree in management and has been involved in organizational development for over thirty years. He acquired his professional experience in the association, community and philanthropy sectors.

His work experience has allowed him to acquire knowledge on various social issues. He has developed skills related to conceiving, financing, implementing and evaluating several projects and programs. Thanks to the mandates he has been entrusted with, Luc has had the opportunity to work in partnership with several actors working in the private sector, in foundations, government institutions, as well as in the community.

Luc holds the position of Fundraising Coordinator, created in February 2021.  His mandate is to find new sources of revenue so that a larger number of families may benefit from free, quality breastfeeding support services.

Development Officer

Aurélie Doyen, agente de développement

- currently on maternity leave

Aurélie Doyen  

Aurélie holds a degree in Food and Agriculture Engineering with a background in nutrition and health. She has more than eight years of experience in project development and marketing/communication.

As a young mother, sociable and considerate, she naturally turned to the community sector, touching on nutrition, health and on providing support to young mothers.

As a development officer, Aurélie's mandate is to consolidate and develop Nourri-Source Montreal's services on the island of Montreal. She liaises with community partners and Integrated Health and Social Services University Networks (CIUSSS for its acronym in French) in the city while supporting mentors in their role as volunteers for their sector.