Biography of Jacques Brodeur


Jacques Brodeur has 30 years experience as a physical education teacher.

In 1986, he directed a collection of war toys in 13 schools of Charlesbourg, a suburb of Quebec City.  These toys were recycled to build a monument for Peace in the hall of the Polyvalente de Charlesbourg high school.

In 1987, he helped create PACIJOU and participated in the writing of "Cessez-le-feu", (Cease-Fire) a teachers' guide to Peace Education opposing the commercialisation of war toys as «gifts» for children.

From 1988 to 1999, he coordinated Peace Education activities for seven teachers' unions in the Quebec City area.

In 1990, he became founding member of TROP  (Time to React to Outrageous Programming) later called PEACE (Positive Entertainment Alternatives for Children Everywhere).

The same year, he created the  YOUTH VOTE, an unprecedented empowering approach to increase students' critical viewing skills and promote a type of media education free from the entertainment industry.

In 1987 and 1997, the Roy C. Hill Foundation honoured him twice for his pedagogical innovations. In 1987 for the war toys collection and the celebration of the U. N. International Year for Peace, and one decade later, for the YOUTH VOTE, both projects promoting the culture of Peace.

In 1996, the Physical Education Teachers Federation of Quebec awarded him the trophy for examplary contribution to Health Education.

In January 1997, he co-chaired the Coalition for Responsible Television.

From November 1998 to December 2000, he coordinated the Brundtland Green Schools Network for the Centrale des syndicats du Quécec.

In 2001, he became a consultant, speaker and professional development resource person for schools in the three provinces of Canada: Québec, Ontario, and Manitoba.

In 2002, he coordinated a new community mobilisation program called EDUPAX to help prevent youth violence and promote peace education through media education.

In October 2002, he became a  founding member ACME and was elected Board Member of the  Action Coalition for Media Education.

In April 2003, he created the 10 DAY TV & VIDEO GAME FREE CHALLENGE with the partnership of the «Association des comités de parents de la Capitale-Nationale et de Chaudière-Appalaches» and the financial contribution of the public safety departments of Québec and Canada. Eleven elementary schools and one secundary school participated in the Challenge in the year 2003-2004.

In 2003, he coordinated the CAMPAIGN TO COUNTER TV VIOLENCE for the Commission scolaire de Montréal. Organisations participating in the Campaign included leaders of the following professions: medical, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, pediatrics, etc. Other organisations also participated in the Campaign: the Parents' Federation, the Federation of School Districts, the Optimist Clubs, the Knights of Columbus, etc.    

In 2008, he trained staff members of ECO-conseil Institute of Strasbourg, in France, and helped them organise the 1et SCREEN-FREE CHALLENGE in Europe: Ziegelwasser Elementary School, in the quarter of Neuhof. The Institute organised the Challenge in two more schools in 2009. 

 In May-June 2009, he was hosted in seven cities of France to promote the 10 DAY SCREEN-FREE CHALLENGE : Paris, Le Portel, Wimereux, Lille, Angers, Toulouse, and Arles.

In October 2009, he was elected Board Member of the Québec Physical Education Teachers' Federation.

In 2010, he helped the principal of St-Martin Elementary School, in Le Mans, France, organise the SCREEN-FREE CHALLENGE for his students. 

In 2009-2010, he created a new educational activity to promote EHICS in the fields of Leisure and Sport.

In November 2009, he organised the 1st Conference on the «Impacts of Screen Overexposure on Children's Health: the Facts, the Damages, the Solutions.» The conference was held in Gatineau, Québec, in partnership with Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).

Since November 2009, on a daily basis, he picked and posted NEWS from across the world in English and in French about the impacts of screen exposure on youth.

In May 2011, the 2
nd Conference on the the IMPACTS OF SCREEN OVEREXPOSURE will be held in Montréal in partnership with the YWCA and ACME.

In May-June 2011, he will participate in the 2
nd  tour to promote the 10-Day Screen-Free Challenge in France.