Julie Vaillancourt

Julie Vaillancourt has led a career which reflects her passion in coaching and motivating job seekers and people trying to find their calling.  A former Professional Development Specialist as well as Career Counsellor at University of Ottawa, her career has spanned over 12 years in university and high school settings.  Her comprehensive background includes a Master’s of Education in Career Counseling, Bachelor of Arts in psychology as well as a career devoted to high caliber student services teams.   At the very beginning of her Master’s degree, she was a contributor to the publication of a visual interest test for students without a high school degree.  Throughout her professional path, Julie has worked tirelessly among Student Services Administrative teams as well as on a university Senate committee in order to constantly improve the quality of career services programs.  Her most recent focus has been to help and motivate youth and adult job seekers transition towards career opportunities uniquely suited for them.

Complete the following sentence:

If only I could…travel to two new destinations per year…I’d be the luckiest person alive.

Top five favourite movies:

Amelie, Life is Beautiful, Seducing Dr. Lewis, Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List

If you could be a Star Wars character, who would you be and why? 

I’d be Princess Lea as she’s a strong woman in a leadership and visionary role in a position to save her community.

What is your favourite thing to do on a hot summer day?

To go swimming or kayaking in a lake.

What’s your most endearing quality?

My dry sense of humor/ability to make people laugh.

What’s one of the most daring things you’ve done?

I did a stand up audition at the National Humor School of Montreal.

What did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be in a helping profession

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Other people’s grouchiness

Under what conditions would you shave your head bald?

To contribute to the cause of cancer.

What is your idea for a great vacation?

To be in a sunny destination providing plenty of opportunities for adventure as well as opportunites to rigorously practice the art of resting, relaxing, playing, eating, resting, relaxing, playing, eating, resting, relaxing, playing and oh.. did I mention eating?

What is the strangest thing you have had for breakfast?

Steak and eggs

What is your favourite unhealthy snack?

Death by chocolate.. ice cream