Miguel LeBlanc - Chair
Miguel LeBlanc graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Social Work from St. Thomas University and received his Master of Social Work from Carleton University in 2009. His master’s thesis research is to attempt to gain greater understanding on how we can increase men’s participation in the prevention of violence against women in New Brunswick. He worked as the Community Coordinator with the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth (NBACY) practicing Community Social Work primarily in rural communities and also developed and implemented a provincial youth engagement process about their priorities and concerns.
Currently, Miguel is the Executive Director for the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (NBASW). With a membership of over 1700 social workers, the NBASW has two mandates: public protection and the promotion of the social work profession. As the Executive Director of the NBASW, Miguel works on numerous files and priorities; for example he was appointed as the New Brunswick representative on the Canadian Association of Social Workers Operational Review Steering Committee, Advisory Committee of the Child and Youth Advocate and Ombudsman First Nation Child Welfare Review Hand-in-Hand: A review of First Nations Child Welfare in New Brunswick, and he is currently co-chair of the Department of Health Operation Steering Committee which is mandated to operationalize the policy direction of the primary health care renewal for New Brunswick.
In 2005, he was the recipient of the Government of Canada National Young Leaders of Canada – Leadership category award.
Miguel has been involved in different Board of Directors, such as President of Making Waves/Vagues par vague, a provincial organization to build healthy relationships among youths in New Brunswick, and was one of the founders and later President of Menswork Network in New Brunswick. Miguel has also served two previous terms on the Board of Directors of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research.