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About the QAE

The Quebec Association of Educators seeks to involve all practitioners who work in the field of child, youth and lifespan care.

The membership includes child, youth and lifespan care staff, supervisors, administrators, teachers and organizations who are involved in caring for, and working within the lifespan of children, youth, adults and families.

Meet the QAE executive!

Tony Maciocia


Executive Director

Tony is the Founder and first President of the Quebec Association of Educators (1985). He has been in the field of child and youth care for four decades, from the early beginnings as an Educator, line manager, program coordinator, trainer/consultant and recently as a content specialist at Champlain College.

He also worked for 38 years at Batshaw Youth & Family Centres and the recipient of the Ruth and Manny Batshaw Award of Excellence in 2009. Tony was also the recipient of the (APER) Provincial Manager's Association Award for 2014.

He holds a Master's degree in Child & Youth Care Administration. Novasoutheastern University. Bachelor's Degree. Major in Psych. Concordia University.

Tony also served on a number of professional Boards and was the Chairman of the International Child & Youth Care conferences from 1991 to 2009.

Tony continues to be active in promoting professionalization of the field Child & youth care and has formed partnership's with Association des éducateur et éducatrice du Québec with the goal of gaining entrance in the "Order of Professions" in the Province of Quebec.

Tony is an active supporter of youth-in-care and front-line staff. He continues to mentor others to carry the CYC TORCH and keep the flame burning for a brighter future for all.

Melanie Fournier



Graduated from the Special Care Counselling program at Vanier College, Que, Canada in 1999.

An Alumni of care herself, Melanie began her career at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres as an Educator in 2006. She teaches life skills to older adolescents in care who are transitioning into independent living.

In 2009, Melanie became President of the Quebec Association of Educators and has actively been involved ever since.

Melanie continues to be the QAE President and more recently, she's been appointed by the CCCYCA to be the ACYCP (American Council of Youth and Child Care Practitioners) liaison, the Chair of the communications committee and the Liaison to the National Youth in Care Network.

Amy Singer


Administrative Assistant

Amy has been the QAE administrative assistant for more than 5 years. She has been working in the admininstration field for the past 17 years (More than 10 of them in the Department of Youth Protection).

Amy graduated from Mother House College in 2003 with an AEC in Office Management and Administration.

Previously, Amy was in the culinary field. Cooking has become one of her passions, and she love to try new recipes for her family and friends.


  • To provide a professional forum for practitioners to discuss the delivery of services to clients.
  • To provide the opportunity for professional growth and training through conferences workshops and forums.
  • To exchange information and ideas of common interests to the profession via the Association Newsletter.
  • To promote the development of the highest possible standards for services in accordance with the Code of Ethics established by the Association.
  • To develop and promote professional relationships with organizations and educational institutions in order to work together in the delivery of quality services, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.


  • Maintains high standards of professional conduct.
  • Recognizes, respects and advocates for the rights of the child, youth and family.
  • Takes responsibility for identifying, developing and fully utilizing knowledge and abilities for professional practice.
  • Aware of own values and their implications for practice.
  • Aware of self as a growing and developing professional.
  • Does not participate in practices that are disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitive, intimidating, psychologically damaging or physically harmful to clients.
  • Recognize that professional responsibility is to the client and advocates for the client's best interest.
  • Recognizes that competent services often requires collaboration and intervention. Such service is a cooperative effort drawing upon the expertise of many.
  • Respects the privacy of clients and holds in confidence information obtained in the course of service.
  • Promotes ethical conduct by members of the profession.
  • Ensures that administrators and supervisors lead programs in high quality and ethical practice in relation to clients, staff, governing bodies and the community.
  • Encourages collaborative participation by professionals, clients, family and community to share responsibility for client outcomes.
  • QAE members are also responsible to their employer, "Code of Ethics", where one exists.