Nicole Ouellet

Engaged citizen open to the world / Interest in multi-generational relationships / Supporter and contributor of social organisms / Innovation and new ideas,

72 years old  

Nicole Ouellet has been contributing to the well-being of aging people in Quebec for over 35 years. During her career, she has been responsible for the development and management of services for older people in the community, housing and accommodation sectors.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in innovation, she has initiated, supported and participated in many innovative projects during the 28 years she was the Executive Director of the Berthiaume-Du Tremblay Foundation. The creation of Quartier des générations, a hub for social innovation brought by the same Foundation, is one of the new housing models which helps bring generations together.

Ms. Ouellet is a member of several social and philanthropic boards of directors, including the Institut Mallet pour l’avancement de la culture philanthropique (Mallet Institute for the Advancement of Philanthropic Culture).

Amongst all of the questions that resonate with you about aging and growing old, which one seems the most essential for you that you would like to share ?
I believe that society should favor aging with respect to all generations.

Share an image you find inspiring about aging

The front page of a compilation of ideas titled Un quartier pour les générations. (A Neighbourhood for Generations).

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From your own experiences, tell us about a significant moment or event in your personal or professional life that shaped your perspective around aging.

In January 2018, when I was the executive director of the Berthiaume-Du Tremblay Foundation, we organized a co-design workshop about the development of the concept for the Quartier des générations project. This workshop gathered 50 people representing different age groups and coming from different backgrounds: elderly people part of the organisation and the neighbourhood, citizens, professionals, students, university professors, researchers, managers, volunteers. This activity was very meaningful to me because during the whole day I witnessed the participants’ great enthusiasm and dynamism through ideas exchanged to envision this neighbourhood of the future. A neighbourhood in which relationships stretching over generations are made possible. We achieved the objective of this co-design workshop and it resulted in many new ideas. It was a genuine source of inspiration for us and most of all, a validation of the desire to live together naturally and simply as a society.

During our meetings last October, you imagined taking some first steps, the first actions. Can you remind us what they were? Can you tell us what happened when you put them into action?

If, in the coming months, you were given the time, energy and resources to set up a (new?) Project with our common questions at heart, what would it be?

According to your experiences and your expertise, where is the vitality, the curiosity, the strength to act in the face of the realities of aging?