Who we are

OPJ accompanies individuals with a personalized and individualized approach so that they can develop their potential in order to realize their professional project.

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Values that guide us

Principles, work methods and responsibilities within the organization are based on values. These values are linked to the organizational culture and helps guides us towards every opportunity.

Opération placement jeunesse (OPJ) : Our values
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Dreams and Hope

With every step you take, you’ll see, nothing can be too far away

Marie-Jo Therio

OPJ wants to spark and sustain the dream, allowing the individual and the organization to reconnect, giving oneself the right to dream even if it’s crazy. OPJ advocates the hope that dreams come true, one step at a time.

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Commitment

Freedom is not the absence of a commitment, but the capacity to choose

Paul Coelho

Commitment requires personal involvement in carrying out one’s responsibilities within one’s role; respecting the mission, philosophy, values and vision of the organization.

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Respect for yourself and others, inclusion and tolerance

Self-respect makes it possible to have respect for others

Jose Garcia

OPJ values the importance of the human aspect and developing the potential of each person, in an inclusive and equitable way. It is a question of treating the other with consideration and not infringing on their integrity or dignity, with openness to their differences and taking into account their history, their beliefs and their dreams.

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Mutual assistance

If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk with others

Proverb of unknown origin

Mutual assistance is a value-added of working together, teamwork, cooperation and sharing of happiness, but also difficulties. OPJ offers the ability to be part of a process of mutual aid rather than being competitive.

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Surpassing oneself

I want to be all that i can be

Katherine Mansfield

Surpassing oneself is a good method of improvement and progress, involving the ability of challenging oneself with humility, openness, goodwill and consent to continuing education and also to overcome your own limitations. OPJ promotes continuous improvement efforts and encourages everyone to complete their efforts according to their goals, aspirations and dreams.

Approach and Philosophy

OPJ has developed an approach that is part of the value-added philosophy of the organization.

VIP Service: Towards Professional Integration

Our VIP service is offered on a voluntary basis and is accessible, free of charge. The key to success is the privileged relationship between the counselor and the accompanied individual, and is based on strong and existing values. By taking into consideration the individual’s dreams and aspirations, we team up to provide them with a professional project that makes sense and that will allow them to strive towards their full potential.

VIP service from OPJ is much more than professional know-how: it is the expression of our philosophical and ethical method of intervention. Requirements related to such a philosophy are high, because success relates to the quality of the relationship between the counselor and the individual.

Team Members at OPJ

Marie-Lou Galarneau, Directrice générale, Opération placement jeunesse (OPJ)

Marie-Lou Galarneau

General Manager
Exactly 10 years ago, OPJ chose me. Very quickly, I also chose OPJ. Over the years, I have held the positions of employment counselor and coordinator. Recently, I have been the executive director. I am proud and happy to contribute to the influence and development of the organization that has brought me so much for all these years! I have always been fortunate to be surrounded by a great team, solid and open, which puts the customer at the heart of its approach. My daily life is punctuated by constant self-improvement, unique encounters and stimulating projects.
Christian Lepage, Coordonnateur, Opération placement jeunesse (OPJ)

Christian Lepage

Coordinator
What type of job I am going to do in my lifetime? I have asked myself this question so often that I have stopped counting. Originally from Rimouski, I dreamt of being a professional baseball player, veterinarian, military pilot, etc. As time passed and by working and gaining experience, I found some answers. One day, newly arrived in Montreal, I noticed an ad for employment at OPJ, and a phrase entitled You must dream … in order to realize that dream. Since that day, more than 10-years ago, I passionately work to pass on my experience to each and every individual that would like to make their mark in the workplace.
Lynda Brunelle, Secrétaire-réceptionniste, Opération placement jeunesse (OPJ)

Lynda Brunelle

Secretary-receptionist
Having over 30 years of secretarial experience, it has shown me that I love meeting new people and OPJ gives me the opportunity. When you take a first step towards our organization, I am your first contact. My goal is to welcome you so that your experience with us is as interesting as possible. I have known the organization is having been a client myself and now I am working there. Of all the office tasks I have to do, meeting you for the first time is very stimulating!
Amélie Gérard-Larocque, Conseillère en emploi OPJ

Amélie Gérard-Larocque

Employment counselor

«With a bachelor’s degree in career development, having worked with an immigrant clientele and having studied social work, the field of the helping relationship has always challenged me, both for the social side, for mutual aid, the feeling of community, and to see my participants flourish and develop skills. Having many other interests such as psychology and sociology and having questioned myself a lot about my choice of professional profession, I decided to integrate the field of career choice since in my opinion this field brings together all these interests. Since I was a child, when I meet new people, their profession or field of study is always one of the first characteristics mentioned in their presentation speech. Even before studying career development, the subject of “work” had a great impact on our personal well-being, so I focused some of my research during my studies in social work on the impact of choosing a profession in relation to individual well-being. In my opinion, the profession is the “raison d’être” of professional development which, subsequently, has an impact on our personal lives. That’s why I chose the field of career development.

I decided to join the OPJ team mainly because it is an employability organization, but also because they allow us as professionals to flourish, train ourselves more and expand our skills in global intervention. Which for me joins, as said before, all my interests since our professional career has an impact on a larger scale than we can think. We look forward to working with all of you!»

Nadia Nyarko-Badohu, Conseillère en emploi OPJ

Nadia Nyarko-Badohu

Employment counselor

« From high school, I knew right away that I wanted to help others through their difficulties. I landed in the helping relationship through my studies in special education and since then I have not left it. My background has meant that I have been able to develop my potential and acquire new knowledge. Making a difference and accompanying the person to overcome his obstacles is important to me. I help people regain confidence and achieve their goals, but I also learn a lot from their experiences, which has allowed me to be the person and professional I am today. It is with pleasure that I joined the OPJ team for new challenges and continue my momentum! Looking forward to see you soon ! »

Board of Directors

Charlotte Grenier

President

Maude Longtin

Vice-president

Katia Poulin

Secretary-treasurer

Thalia Constantopoulos

Administrator

Valérie Grenier-Paquette

Administrator

Camille Laberge

Administrator

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