Our Team

Our Founder – Martine Brouillet


Martine is a francophone born and raised in Montreal who actively supports bilingualism. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in management information system and organizational behavior. 

In 2001, after the birth of her 3 sons, Martine Brouillet founded Camp Tournesol in Ontario, Canada and has been driven to make an impact with Ontario’s children in their quest to become bilingual ever since. The company’s flagship French camps have since become leaders in their market, welcoming tens of thousands of children and spawning sister products servicing these families such as the Brouillet Academy. 

The impetus to create the Brouillet Academy stemmed from a long time dream to provide accessibility to French classes and tutoring to children and adults regardless of their geographical location as well as to complement the hands-on, experiential learning provided by her camps with a more academic and structured environment.

Directors of Curriculum

Annie Bellemare:

Annie is a francophone born and raised in Quebec. She has gained more than 10 years of experience teaching and sharing her love of French both in Quebec and in Ontario. She graduated from University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières with a Bachelor’s degree in Second Language Teaching. After her first university degree, she decided to pursue her studies at the master’s level. She then moved to Ontario to study at the University of Toronto in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she completed her Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. Her thesis was on youth identity and French-language education in Ontario. She is now a Special Education Consultant at Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. She is still very passionate about teaching French and is very excited to work and share her passion with your children. 

Annie joined Camp Tournesol in 2009, participating in all the overnight trips since then (Quebec, France, Algonquin) and having fun with campers at the day camps as a coordinator. In 2018, she joined our senior team as a regional coordinator.

She has assembled a team of seasoned instructors for all our classes and levels who will be with her onsite at the weekend retreat.

Amanda Cloutier:

Amanda has been a lover of the French language since her first French classes in elementary school. Amanda pursued her post-secondary studies with a focus on the French language: she completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University to certify her as an Ontario Certified Teacher for French at the secondary level, and a Master’s of Education from the University of Ottawa.

Outside of her schooling, Amanda has always sought opportunities to grow her fluency in French, ultimately leading her to join the Camp Tournesol team as a counselor in 2013. Since, she has grown with the company, seeing first-hand how the programming Camp Tournesol offers impacts campers, families, and our counselors.

Now a Program Director, Amanda is pleased to give back to the French language community, supporting new initiatives within Camp Tournesol and the Brouillet French Academy.

French teachers – Online Classroom

Amel Naroun

Amel is originally from France but lived in a few different countries, including Japan, UK, and Germany, before coming to Canada where she is now a languages teacher.

She enjoys discussing and being immersed in different countries/cultures but also loves sharing her own culture and language.

Amel is very excited to meet your children and help them on their journey towards bilingualism.

Sylvie Couture

Sylvie has been teaching French for over 4 years in a Francophone school for children in kindergarten to grade 7. Teaching is her passion since she was young, she loves to work with children.

She previously worked for Camp Tournesol and she is very excited to start this new experience with the Brouillet Academy.

Daniel DiMatteo, Regional Coordinator

 

Daniel has taught for over 10 years, all within the french language system here in Ontario. He has taught from Kindergarten to High School and currently works as a Special Education Resource Teacher in Toronto. Having grown up in Southern Ontario in a multilingual family, he understands the reality of learning a new language, especially when surrounded by more dominant languages! He is excited to get started and share his experience with new students!

Our Tutors

Jules Ducau

Hello! My name is Jules and I am a Child and Youth Worker for the French school board Viamonde. I have also been a camp counselor with Camp Tournesol for three years. I am originally from France and I would love to share my culture and my language with you and your kids to make them comfortable with French – always with fun and joy! I can’t wait to meet your kids and accompany them on the road to French success

Amel Naroun

Hello! My name is Amel and I am a languages teacher. I am originally from France but I have lived in a few different countries including Japan, UK, Germany, before coming to Canada. I enjoy being immersed in and discussing different countries/cultures and I love sharing my own culture and language as well. Your kids won’t get bored with me!

Erika MacDonald

Hello, my name is Erika, I’m a fourth year student at the University of Ottawa. I have a major in French as a second language and a minor in history. I just recently did an exchange in Paris, France for a semester, in hopes to better my French language skills as well as to expand my knowledge of the French culture. I have been apart of the Camp Tournesol family for a number of years, and have also tutored with the Brouillet Academy in the past. I have a passion for learning and teaching, and I would love to help improve your child’s French language skills in a way that best fits their needs.

Hawa Diallo

Hello! My name is Hawa and I am francophone! I have been working with children for a few years now. I started off by tutoring French Immersion students at a homework club in Ottawa, and as a counselor at an after school program. I enjoy researching and learning new ways to improve my teaching skills. Therefore, learning with me will always be fun and make your kid more knowledgeable!

Mireille Peththawadu

Bonjour! My name is Mireille. I am a French native speaker. I lived in Tokyo, Japan since my early childhood before attending a French high school in Richmond Hill. Currently, I am studying in my second year of Second Language Teaching in French (FLS) at the University of Ottawa.

I worked for two summers at Camp Tournesol in the Vaughan campus and was also involved with the activities of  the French community in the York region. I have experience in teaching both French and Japanese languages for elementary to high school students as I not only do tutoring but also volunteering as a Teaching Assistant in a Japanese language school. I continuously adapt to the learner’s requests in order to help them reach their learning objectives. I organize the lessons with material that is motivating to the student and work with their areas of interest while remaining focused on the learning objectives. I LOVE teaching as I can share my passion and knowledge of languages, especially my mother tongue to all the students! I look forward to guide you on your “Journey of French Language”.

 
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