At just 18 years old, Maxine Joly-Chevrier developed a program to support isolated seniors through the pandemic. Working with Contact Aînés, a non-profit organization in Quebec City, she paired 10 college students with seniors for weekly phone conversations. Those calls led to a book, Et si on se racontait?, and a permanent program, which has since won several provincial and national awards.
Ms. Joly-Chevrier's passion for community service extends to young people as well as older adults. Ms. Joly-Chevrier has been a member of the National Youth Council for Kids Help Phone since 2018, where she has helped develop numerous presentations and mental health resources.
A first-year student at the Université de Montréal, Ms. Joly-Chevrier founded the first Digital Health Interest Group for medical students. The group explores the use of health technologies, like artificial intelligence, and debates their ethical use in medicine.
“Working with Maxine gives us the strength to take on any challenges before us.” — Nathalie Guéchi, Executive Director, Contact Aînés
Ms. Maxine Joly-Chevrier is receiving the CMA Award for Young Leaders (Student) in recognition of her exemplary creativity, initiative and commitment to making a difference at the local, provincial/territorial or national level.