Job Search & Support Services in Montreal

Guiding seasoned professionals from diverse professional career and cultural backgrounds

Founded in 1990, La Passerelle is a non-profit organization offering job search and support services in Montreal. Since 1998, we have been working in partnership with Services Québec to offer a fully subsidized job search assistance program including workshops and personalized career coaching sessions. Our program is specifically designed for experienced professionals aged 40 and over who are unemployed and underemployed, in various fields and sectors of activity, and/or are looking to reintegrate into the labour market.

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer personalized support and guidance to people seeking to reposition themselves in the job market while adapting to new trends.

Support Us

To help us achieve our mission, we rely on the support of Services Québec and the generosity of donors. They both enable us to offer the best job search and support services in Montreal to assist our participants in their job search efforts. Make a difference today, make a donation.

Job Search & Support Services in Montreal / service de transition de carrière Montréal

Our Board of Directors

Richard Tobin President
Mark Kmec
Vice-president
Norman A. Jones Treasurer
Marianne Donaldson Secretary
Lisa Boyle Administrator
Frederick Tobin Administrator

Our Team

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Leslie (Laszlo) Acs
Executive Director

Anna Golymbiowsky

Anna Golymbiowsky
Executive Administrator, Program Manager

Luz-Tores

Luz Torres
Director of Content, Employment and Career Transition Coach

Rhina-Escoto

Rhina Escoto
Volunteer Administrative Assistant

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Stéphane Grenier
Certified ACC Career Coach

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Line Delisle
Certified ICF Coach

Lucia-Rossi

Lucia Rossi
Career Coach, Employment Expert Support Services

Tania-Chomyk

Tania Chomyk
Certified Personal & Professional Coach (PPCC), Workshop Facilitator, HR Advisor

Nicole-Keefler

Nicole Keefler
Coach

Linda-Collard

Linda Collard
Career Coach, Certified Life Coach

Reine-Khantchand

Reine Khantchand
Workshop Facilitator, Employment Expert Support Services

Dale-H.-Bernier

Dale Bernier
Workshop Facilitator

Special Guests

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Gregory Cecchin Leger
Workshop Facilitator

Michael-Cullen

Michael Cullen
Workshop Facilitator

Human Resources Advisory Committee

Rosina Felice

Sandra Hector

Julie Dubien

Carla Marrouche

Umit Oktamis

Connie Roy-Raspa

Gabriel Wagner

Our Partners

La Passerelle and its subsidized job search assistance program are made possible with the help of Services Québec. Services Québec’s mission is to contribute to the development of employment and the labour force and to fight against unemployment, social exclusion and poverty in order to better serve the economic and social development of Quebec. It manages public employment services as well as social solidarity services.

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Our Service Partners


At La Passerelle, we also build strong partnerships with local businesses and organizations to provide you with the best possible. job search and support services in Montreal.

Richard Tobin
President

Member of the Board of Directors since 1994, and President since 2000, recently retired Architect after 56 years. Member of the Registration Board of the Order of Architects from 1971 to 1977, member and Vice-Chairman of the Menard Humanitarian Foundation from 1994 to 2004, member of the Saint Patrick Foundation from 2007 to 2021, and President of Saint Patrick Square for 2 years, Chairman of the Share the Warmth / Partageons l’Espoir food bank from 1994 to 2004, and an active volunteer from 1996 to 2018 with L’Abri en Ville.

Mark Kmec
Vice-president

Me Kmec studied at McGill University in the Arts program, with a speciality in Industrial Relations, graduating in 1980. Me Kmec attended the University of Ottawa, where he studied Civil Law and Common Law, graduating in 1983 from the Civil Law program with honors, and graduating in 1984 with a Common Law degree.

Me Kmec was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1985. Me Kmec practiced law with several Montreal firms where he was exposed to various personal and commercial matters including business law, employment law and civil litigation. In 1997, Me Kmec left private practice and acted as senior legal counsel with a publicly listed company for three years after which he returned to private practice.

From 1994 to 2004 Me Kmec acted as Honorary Consul to the Slovak Republic, which involved representing the Slovak Republic for the district of Quebec before the Canadian and Quebec governments, the Montreal diplomatic community, with the Slovak government representatives and Slovak community.

Me Kmec has acted as a past member of the Quebec Bar Committee in liaison with the Quebec Court, a past member of the Comité ethno-culturel du Barreau de Montréal and is currently an arbitrator with the Arbitration Committee of the Barreau du Québec respecting lawyers’ accounts.

Me Kmec has also served as an administrator of a 54-unit condominium for one year from 2015-2016. In 2019 Me Kmec was accredited as a civil, commercial and labour mediator.

Me Kmec currently practices general civil and commercial, and employment law.

Me Kmec has been and continues to be active in the local community acting in the past as hockey and soccer coach and manager of local minor sport teams.

Norman A. Jones
Treasurer

Norman A. Jones is a partner in the Audit and Assurance Services practice in the Montreal office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He specializes in services to private companies and high net worth clients.

He has extensive experience in the manufactured product, real estate and new technology sectors. He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (1983) and Alberta (1988) and is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (1994) and the Ordre du Québec (2007). In Alberta, he placed first in Canada on the Handbook examination. Mr. Jones graduated from the University of York (England) in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics.

He is very active in the community, volunteering with several local organizations.

Marianne Donaldson
Secretary

For the past 30 years, Marianne has been a consultant and senior partner in human resources. She was President of the firm “HR/RH”. Her experience in executive search spans several functions in general management, finance, human resources, marketing, communications, public relations, insurance, investment and real estate.

As a Trustee of Concordia University for over twelve years (1989-2001), she chaired the Collective Bargaining and Human Resources committees. Ms. Donaldson is actively involved in community organizations and is a member of the special boards of St. Mary’s Hospital, Les Amis de la Montagne and La Passerelle. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Financial Post and Tambrands Canada.

Lisa Boyle
Administrator

Lisa Boyle is a higher education professional working with the College Development Office at John Abbott College. Lisa helps facilitate ongoing learning and professional development and growth, working from the individual to the organizational level to support change.

Her areas of expertise include working with leaders and others in the assessment of key institutional processes to promote continuous improvement and innovation. Her experience also includes program design and development (academic/training) in continuing education and other sectors. She specializes in career coaching and was also the Executive Director of La Passerelle.

Lisa has a Master’s degree in Human Intervention Systems, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business, and is currently taking Master’s level courses in Education. She has also earned certificates in evaluation and leadership. She is Vice-Chair of the West Island Community Resource Centre Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of La Passerelle.

Frederick Tobin
Administrator

Frederick Tobin is an organizational effectiveness coach, trainer and consultant. His advice and solutions enable companies to significantly increase employee engagement, work efficiency and customer satisfaction. Frederick addresses communication, interpersonal management and leadership style as the key competencies for improvement.

He has developed his expertise in small and large companies in a multitude of industries, from pharmaceutical to aeronautics, from banking to industrial services.

Fluently bilingual, Frederick quickly puts people at ease and actively engages them in developing solutions. Frederick is an iLead Certified Coach since 2016 and teaches Organizational Development at Concordia University’s Department of Applied Human Sciences. He has taught marketing at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business since 2015.

Leslie (Laszlo) Acs

Leslie (Laszlo) Acs possesses many years of diverse management and human resources experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors for multiple industries. His specialties include: leadership and team building; workforce development and optimization; motivation and engagement; recruitment and retention; project management and mature workers career services.

Mr. Acs holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bishop’s University. While studying for his Master of Science in Management at HEC Montreal, his research interest focused on the relationship between organizational performance and the work environment.

In 2007, Mr. Acs participated in the La Passerelle program where he embarked on a career change. For several years, he played an active role as a volunteer at La Passerelle, and in 2011, he returned as the Executive Director.

Community engagement has always been important for Mr. Acs. He has been actively involved with several community organizations, serving in various capacities.

As part of his role at La Passerelle, Mr. Acs is constantly searching for new ways to assist mature workers’ re-entry into the workforce and to promote public awareness of to the effects of ageism in the workplace.

Mr. Acs’ professional experience, education, personality, ability to adapt quickly and to integrate into any environment, combined with his familiarity with La Passerelle, makes him a great asset to complement the existing organization’s elite team.

“We all have a special gift that makes us unique. It is my wish that La Passerelle provides you with the opportunity to discover the magic that is in you.”

Anna Golymbiowsky

Ms. Golymbiowsky’s career at Eaton’s, spanning over 25 years, began as an Elevator Operator in downtown Montreal. From there Ms. Golymbiowsky occupied several roles, ending up in Employee Relations for the Regional Offices’ Human Resources Department.

When Eaton’s closed in 1999, Ms. Golymbiowsky was recruited by La Passerelle and has been a pillar for the organization ever since while having taken on increasing responsibilities and administrative roles.

Ms. Golymbiowsky is most often the first point of contact for La Passerelle’s participants and has developed a gift for listening and providing comforting guidance over the years. In addition to being responsible for the administration of the office along with Services Québec’s SAE program, Ms. Golymbiowsky also produces the fiscal reports, and provides the data for the quarterly and annual reports while managing the administration of computer and telecommunications systems.

At La Passerelle, Ms. Golymbiowsky has become our go-to person for any questions or concerns the participants or the team may have.

Luz Torres

With a degree in Sociology, specializing in Marketing and Communication, together with training as a professional coach, Ms. Torres possesses over twenty years of solid management experience.

Ms. Torres joined the La Passerelle family as a coach in 2009. Her professionalism, dynamic style and positive attitude made Ms. Torres a valued member of the La Passerelle team.

Since joining La Passerelle, Ms. Torres has dedicated herself to her role as a career coach and workshop facilitator, and has helped countless professionals find meaningful employment by guiding and supporting them in their integration into a new job or in their reflection during a career transition.

Ms. Torres takes her clients’ satisfaction to heart and applies her professional coaching experience, listening skills and support to assist and guide individuals forward in their career path and to achieving their full potential.

“I am committed to accompanying people in the discovery of their full potential, to working with them to bring out their strengths, allowing them to achieve their objectives. My coaching sessions are guided by respect, trust and caring.”

Rhina Escoto

Rhina is an experienced administrative assistant, with significant accounting and administrative skills. As a valued member of the team, Rhina has been generously donating her time to La Passerelle since 2016. She is often the first point of contact for many of our participants. Welcoming them with her warm and courteous smile, Rhina is there to explain our program or to answer any questions the participants may have.

Rhina’s generosity, kindness and experience is vey much appreciated by both her teammates as well as by the participants.

“As a former participant of La Passerelle, I know how relevant this program is. I know that participants need to be welcomed with care. The experience they will have will be great, and I want to guide them as best as possible from the moment they arrive.”

Stéphane Grenier

With a career spanning more than 17 years as an operations and customer service manager for a multinational airline, Stéphane has distinguished himself in human relations, customer service and especially in his leadership. Over the years, he has coached and mentored hundreds of employees and managers to a high level of performance.

Given his previous professional experiences, coaching was the field that attracted him. He then followed a professional training recognized by ICF (International Coaching Federation) and obtained his certification. He has since created his own business and coaching brand. In 2018 he joined the La Passerelle team as a coach and responsible for coach training and support. He has developed coaching processes and tools to facilitate change at the professional and personal level, while guiding his participants towards their full potential and the achievement of their goals.

“I am convinced that the changes participants make at La Passerelle are lasting. Why? Because they chose them.”

Line Delisle

A graduate of ATM (Art and Technology of Media) in radio and television, Line has worked in sales (representation and management) in various media in and around Montreal. Active listening and the ability to allow others to find their own solutions without judgment have always been a natural part of her professional and personal relationships. She therefore decided to refine her skills by enrolling in a coaching course recognized by the ICF (International Coaching Federation). She has been a certified coach since 2017, and in September 2019 she joined La Passerelle team, her second family!

“And why not” is the thought that guides Line in her work as a coach and in her everyday life.

Lucia Rossi

Lucia has over 20 years of experience as an executive with Merrill Lynch Canada and Laurentian Bank. Over the years, she has successfully delivered customized, high-performance business solutions and operational support.

Results-oriented, she has demonstrated effective management, leadership and resource development within cross-functional teams.

In 2018 she participated in the La Passerelle program, and was inspired by its significant contribution to the community, so much so that she decided to join the organization.

“I feel privileged to be a part of this inspiring organization. Client-focused, I take to heart each individual’s story and how it has shaped their values, development and journey. My desire is simply to be a helpful and supportive resource for our clients and for La Passerelle.”

Tania Chomyk

Tania Chomyk has spent an enriching 25-year career in higher education providing human resources expertise across all functional areas, recruitment & selection, performance management and organizational development and training.  Her desire to teach and philosophy of continuous learning was rooted at a very young age steering her in the direction and simultaneous pursuit of her degrees (Bachelor of Vocational Education and Masters of Education – Human Relations and Family Life) and career in education.   Fostering a culture that puts “human” resources first, Tania helps to strengthen the value that people bring to an organization through the design and delivery of initiatives that enhance employee engagement, performance and personal well-being.

An avid lifelong learner and believer in living our truth, in 2017 Tania completed her coaching certification and embarked on a reinvention journey to deepen her self-awareness – the key to one’s success – and embrace opportunities of change extending the helping role in a much more authentic and meaningful way.  Tania’s vision to thrive alongside an organization that takes a humanistic approach and has a genuine desire to help every single person discover their own recipe for success, came to fruition when she recently joined the wonderful team at La Passerelle.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.  When you believe in yourself and in your abilities, you can make anything happen.   At La Passerelle, we can make it happen for you.”

Nicole Keefler

As a Certified Coach, Grief Recovery Specialist and member of the ICF (International Coach Federation), Nicole is passionate about helping her clients achieve their potential.

With an educational background in art education, Nicole has had long careers in television and mental health which eventually led to her career of the past 6 years as a coach. Nicole approaches coaching from a whole person perspective. Whether it be in the areas of job search, career transition or recovery from loss, Nicole approaches her clients from a place of deep care. Her priority is to ensure that their well-being is supported through integrity and the profound respect and compassion that she has for their experiences.

Nicole joined the team at La Passerelle as a coach in the Fall of 2020. Having been through the program herself in the past, Nicole knows firsthand its tremendous value. She was delighted to have the opportunity to support her clients as they approach their job search and career transitions with not only job search tools but greater clarity and self-awareness.

Nicole is passionate about working with people who have the courage to change and grow and become the better versions of themselves that they want to be… these are the participants who come through the doors of La Passerelle.

Linda Collard

Linda Collard has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Life Coaching obtained in California.

Ms. Collard has worked for over 12 years in employment assistance programs and in 2017, Ms. Collard was asked to join the La Passerelle team. As a seasoned coach and employment counsellor, Ms. Collard has since been guiding and supporting La Passerelle’s participants in their job search. As a past participant of the program, Ms. Collard is sensitive to the many challenges and hurdles faced by mature workers attempting to return to the workforce or in transition to a new career.

“Most of all, I like to create a safe environment for my clients, a space where they feel supported and empowered to achieve their goals.”

Reine Khantchand

Reine holds a degree in languages. Throughout her career, she has completed several certificates in organizational settings on Leadership, Change Management, Project Management, etc. She also has a certification in training design.

Reine has more than 30 years of experience in various fields, such as aviation, call centers, automotive, health services, financial sectors, etc. She has worked in private and public industries as well as in non-profit organizations.

“My motivation is human development in all its possibilities. Being able to combine my two passions, human potential and learning, is a privilege! At La Passerelle, thanks to the team members and our participants, I learn much more than I teach!”

Dale Bernier

Dale is a theater manager, improvisor and communications consultant. For more than eight years he has facilitated workshops on how to use improvisational techniques to help people become better communicators. He has a background in marketing, public relations and broadcasting.

Dale specializes in showing participants how making simple changes to their communication style can help them progress in their job search. His workshops tend to get people energized and excited to reconnect with their spirit of play, while also teaching them some of the soft skills that are sought out by employers.

“Improv teaches the importance of true active listening and letting go of the voice in your head that judges what we think or say. In the same way, La Passerelle helps people to actively listen to themselves and find their way to their best professional and personal selves.”