the people behind 107 9

OUR TEAM

Alexis gagnon

Program Director

Alexis has a communications background and started out as a volunteer at Radio Victoria in 2016. He then took on Le Débrief, an evening daily news show. This gave him the chance to get to know the francophone community of Victoria and to discover its diversity, as well as experiencing all the thrills and spills of live broadcasting! Since August 2018, Alexis has been responsible for the programming at Radio Victoria, which includes scouring for the latest hot songs in the French-Canadian scene, and training volunteers on radio equipment.

Pierre chauvin

Executive Director

Pierre began his journalism career in the Yukon, working for a francophone newspaper, l’Aurore Boréale. He then went on to work for the daily newspaper The Whitehorse Star and the Whitehorse weekly Yukon News.

He specializes in legal and technological affairs, and he has written for several daily national and international newspapers. In 2017 he moved to British Columbia and discovered the local francophone community during a stint at the B.C. Federation of Francophones in Vancouver. Fascinated by the world of radio and an ardent defender of francophones’ rights to access news in their language, Pierre has worked for Radio Victoria since April 2019.

Tara MATTHEWS

Communications assistant

Tara Matthews is an undergraduate student of Hispanic and Chinese Studies at the University of Victoria. A graduate of the BC Dual-Dogwood French Immersion Program, Tara joined the Radio Victoria team in May 2021 to learn about the radio-media field and gain a deeper understanding of local Francophone culture. Her fields of interest include film, environmentalism, and international relations.

Pierre chauvin

Executive Director

Pierre began his journalism career in the Yukon, working for a francophone newspaper, l’Aurore Boréale. He then went on to work for the daily newspaper The Whitehorse Star and the Whitehorse weekly Yukon News.

He specializes in legal and technological affairs, and he has written for several daily national and international newspapers. In 2017 he moved to British Columbia and discovered the local francophone community during a stint at the B.C. Federation of Francophones in Vancouver. Fascinated by the world of radio and an ardent defender of francophones’ rights to access news in their language, Pierre has worked for Radio Victoria since April 2019.

OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS

Virginie beauchamp

A food columnist and host of Tout nouveau tout chaud and Victoria et Compagnie, Virginie Beauchamp is active everywhere. A self-described foodie, Virginie is always looking for Victoria’s best kept gastronomical secrets – and to share them with Radio Victoria’s listeners. 

Guy pruvot

Known to Radio Victoria’s listeners thanks to his legendary voice, Guy Pruvot, recipient of the Jacques Vallée 2019 prize, shares his passion for history and music each week in his shows Les cahiers de l’Histoire and Studio de nuit. A fine narrator, he is also the voice behind Contes en pyjamas. 

 

emilie saucier

An avid music lover, Émilie brings the always-expanding world of rap to Radio Victoria’s listeners in her show La dérape, co-hosted with her son Thomas. Émilie is also a columnist at Victoria et Cie.

Marie-hÉlÈne Bourret

A 150-word biography cannot do justice to Marie-Hélène, who’s been involved with Radio Victoria for over six years. Born in Quebec, Marie-Hélène has taken on a variety of jobs from clown, mime and fortune-teller to provincial civil servant and a historical guide. As soon as she arrived in Victoria in 2013, she became the host of Portes ouvertes, a two-hour morning show on Radio Victoria. Since then, she’s produced and hosted a variety of shows including  Contes pour grands enfants, Semaine de la Justice, Histoire, Émission pour les aînés, and in 2020, a series on nutrition, and edits Contes en pyjamas.

Marina van wittenberghe

A photographer and art curator by trade, Marina joined Radio Victoria in May 2019 and was the host of the morning show Bonjour Victoria ! until August 2020.

Marina remains actively involved with Radio Victoria, as a volunteer. She now co-hosts the show ARTAIR, which provides listeners with an auditory vision of Art History.