Matt DeCourcey is a community outreach and engagement specialist, and proud New Brunswicker, who works as Director of Communications, Outreach and Education with the New Brunswick Child and Youth Advocate. Among his many accomplishments as a progressive champion of youth voice and children’s rights, Matt has established and directed the International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child, provincial and national Child Rights Education Week campaigns, and the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools initiative in New Brunswick. Matt has traveled, worked and volunteered in parts of Western Europe, the Balkans and Scandinavia, South America, and Southeast Asia. He also spent five months working on health-education projects with youth as a Public Engagement Consultant in The Gambia, and has since established the Wanderers Friendship Cup, a youth soccer tournament and health-education initiative in The Gambia.
He is working with community partners to develop a parallel initiative for vulnerable youth in New Brunswick. Matt has worked internationally as a recruitment officer with St. Thomas University, and spent two years working on Parliament Hill as an aide for two Members of Parliament. A native of Fredericton, NB, Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Political Science, from St. Thomas University, and a Master of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. He is a 2012 Action Canada Fellow. In his community, Matt volunteers actively as a consultant to many youth-serving organizations. He is a Director with the Fredericton YMCA, and continues to pursue his passion for play and active living, playing and coaching soccer with the Fredericton Wanderers, the club he established. He is also a certified basketball referee at the university level.
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