Julie Desharnais holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in organizational management. Early in her career, an interest in vulnerable populations lead her to become a school social worker in the Montreal neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. In April 2007, she became executive director of the community social pediatrics centre in the same neighbourhood.
As director of community social pediatrics centres in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Côte-des-Neiges, Ms. Desharnais oversees the general organization of the service centres and supervises the psychosocial intervention team jointly with Dr. Julien. Her extensive knowledge of community social pediatrics and the specific needs of vulnerable children and their families has led to numerous speaking engagements in the educational field as well as many media interviews.