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Le programme Forces AVENIR au collégial est suspendu pour une période indéterminée. Vous pouvez cependant voir ci-dessous les lauréats des cinq années du programme. Nous vous invitons également à visiter les onglets Programme universitaire et Programme au secondaire pour découvrir les lauréats de l’année en cours.



AWARD RECIPIENTS AND FINALISTS



AWARD RECIPIENTS
Mutual Aid, Peace and Justice


Students committed to passing on their knowledge of emergency fire response in Burkina Faso

Coopération CanadAfrique is a humanitarian project driven by 60 fire safety students at Collège Montmorency. Through the donations they received, the project members taught new response techniques aimed at saving more lives to military firefighters in Ouagadougou. The Burkina Faso response teams were given training in health and safety that was adapted to their needs. “Save or perish” was the theme of their project, which was made possible through the commitment of all the students, who were responsible for securing funding and safety equipment. Public collections, a Zumbathon and a CrossFit competition are just some of the activities they used to raise the funds needed to purchase medical equipment. Following the student mission to Burkina Faso, other African brigades have requested training and this increasing demand only goes to show how successful Coopération CanadAfrique was. It’s definitely mission accomplished for this humanitarian team!


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Arts, Literature and Culture


Students committed to promoting cultural diversity through artistic expression

The Casei Show organizers – all students at Cégep de Jonquière with a passion for art – believe that everyone should be allowed their rightful place on stage. And this was the starting point for their amazing adventure! By opening its doors to all artists, without competitions or selection processes, the Casei Show promotes cultural diversity and openness to the world. Freedom in artistic expression is at the very heart of this project, which aims among other things to support the integration of newcomers. For the third edition of the Casei Show, spectators were able to enjoy no less than fifteen numbers with a total of more than 25 artists on stage! A perfect blend of rhythms, styles and cultures, the Casei Show is a major event in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region and has become a source of inspiration in the community. What’s more, the funds raised at the show are given to an international development organization. Openness to the world in all its artistic glory!


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Entrepreneurship, Business and Economy


Students committed to opening an innovative apparel printing shop

Charles Matton and Marc-­Steven Côté, two students in business administration at Cégep de Jonquière, are visionary and excellent managers and they know what it takes to create a feeling of belonging among students. Their apparel printing and customization services are extremely popular. Everyone thinks: “Wow, I want one of these customized products too!” The key to X-Print’s success? A boutique centrally located at the Cégep, where it is visible and easy to access, offering quality clothing at very competitive prices! And the X-Print innovative concept has clearly been making waves. In order to keep up with the growing demand, notably from clients outside the Cégep, the two students have already pinpointed their successors and hired three new people. One thing is certain: the X­Print team knows how to make a good impression!


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Environnement


Students committed to protecting ecosystems in Costa Rica

Even though Costa Rica already has a well-developed conservation system, most of the protected areas on its territory are fragmented and separated from each other. As a result, plant and animal populations are isolated and there’s a decline in genetic diversity. For the past few months Philip Bell-Doyon, a student at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, has been working on developing biological corridors – narrow stretches of land with a forest cover located between two conservation zones – to counter the effects of this fragmentation of the territory. With support from the founders of the El Toledo agroecological reserve and the Monte Alto protected zone in Costa Rica, and accompanied by around ten fellow students, he intends to demonstrate that agroforestry, when combined with conservation, can increase forest productivity, profitability and biodiversity. Moreover, talks for local producers and workshops at the country’s schools have already been scheduled.


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Sports and Health


Students committed to helping youth live active and fulfilling lives

The Club d’Athlétisme de Québec is the only athletics club in the Québec City area that is open to youngsters as early as the age of nine. Made up of dedicated coaches who are often students themselves, this non-profit organization promotes athletics in all its forms: group and individual training, the organization of races that are open to all and participation in other regional and even national competitions. The young athletes, who are sometimes dealing with difficult family situations or problems at school, gain more self-confidence and learn about pushing back their limits. They also have the opportunity to become more open to the world, given the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members. A victim of its own success, since 2013 there has been a considerable increase in enrolment in the Club, with for example the number of participants in just one of the groups skyrocketing from 10 to 35! Have they happened upon a winning recipe?


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Science and Technology


Students committed to combating data hacking

Are the innumerable mobile applications downloaded by millions of users worldwide truly safe? This was the question raised by the team of students from Cégep de Sainte-Foy who are behind the project AndroSSL: a semi automated platform that verifies the safety of Android applications. Requiring a massive effort in terms of research, management and cohesion, the young scientists involved managed to develop a unique tool and they did so without any funding whatsoever! Thanks to its ease of use, clear response and automated validation process, the AndroSSL platform offers a truly innovative solution for both users and developers. The diligent and ambitious team even took the project one step further by presenting it to major organizations, including Public Safety Canada no less!


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A student committed to fighting colorectal cancer… with chia seeds!

Developed by an incredibly talented scientist at Cégep de Rimouski, the Chia: une cure précolombienne project harnesses the multiple medicinal properties of chia seeds to fight the HTC116 colorectal cancer cell strain, which is extremely resistant to chemotherapy. With his boundless energy, Olivier Cloutier made tremendous efforts to fund his project, from the purchase of scientific equipment to the fees linked to the legal issues regarding patents as well as printing out the popularization brochures. The growing interest in this very promising experimental cure has already gone far beyond the confines of the medical community: it has aroused a great deal of attention in the media and the general public. In Gaspé, at the science fair regional finals, over 1,000 people attended the young researcher’s bilingual presentations. Our guess is this is just the beginning!


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Society, Communications, Education and Politics


Students committed to improving pedestrian safety in the area around their college

Following the death of a friend who was hit by a car while travelling on foot, three students at Cégep de Jonquière decided to take action. They began by organizing a march aimed at making motorists more aware of pedestrian safety. They also presented a petition to the City of Saguenay urging that concrete action be taken.These two activities led to the setting up of aworking committee on pedestrian safety. “The object of our actions is to denounce, raise awareness, propose and support elected officials in order to make our urban setting a safe environment,” explains one of the students Claudie Mac Donald. The benefits of their initiative are already being felt: the Jonquière district has reviewed all the parking entrances and exits and public works have repainted and widened the pedestrian crossings. “I realise now that our actions, which initially seemed to be only a drop in the ocean, have maybe had a ripple effect on the Saguenay region and I can only hope that one day they will have the impact of a national tidal wave.”


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A student committed to helping everyone achieve their full potential

Simon Gingras-Palardy is a born leader. Whether it’s as an athletics coach, teaching tutor or volunteer at the St-Laurent social paediatrics centre, Simon is constantly seeking ways to create environments where the people he works with can achieve their full potential. His motto? To be fully dedicated in everything he undertakes, a steadfast commitment he developed in high school when he was a tutor for students with learning disabilities. Simon is about to begin medical school and hopes to become a psychiatrist. His goal? To work in a community setting in order to bring hope to people who are unable to see a way out of their problems. “Some may say I’m a dreamer but one of my greatest aspirations is to open a centre for people with severe mental health illness. I would like everyone to have the same opportunities in life to attain personal fulfillment.”


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A student committed to making community-focused services a philosophy of life

Sandrine Bourgeois is both determined and sensitive and plays a leading role in promoting student life at Champlain College St-Lawrence. As president of the entrepreneurship club, she greatly contributed to the success of a major event: a conference about e-commerce that brought together more than one hundred Québec City entrepreneurs. She also set up the St-Lawrence Book Market, a system for selling second-hand books for which she had to develop software with the help of a teacher. Once again, Sandrine’s audacity paid off because the project succeeded in raising a total of $13,000 during the very first semester! Committed to people in need, she also coordinates an ambitious food distribution project for La Maison de Lauberivière, which is made up of some twenty volunteers.


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AWARD RECIPIENTS
Committed Student Par Excellence


A student committed to cultivating his innate business sense!

Ilrick Duhamel stands apart not only as an experienced entrepreneur, but also as a great athlete dedicated to several social causes. As a member of the management team at the Garneau Travail school enterprise at Cégep Garneau, over a period of three years he took part in 45 projects that together raised the tidy sum of $60,000! Combining his passion for business and for sport, he founded the Jeune COOP Roue-Libre, a comprehensive professional bike repair shop for cyclists, as well as the Recycle, Lance… et Compte! project, which reduces the incremental costs of playing hockey by redistributing recovered sticks. Motivated by a constant concern “for helping as many people as possible,” Ilrick also helps in the development of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds by serving as a coach at the Club d’Athlétisme de Québec. And he does all this as well as participating in numerous fundraisers for his college’s benefit concerts. What more can be said other than… hats off!


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A student committed to actively helping fight cancer

From music to soccer, from scientific research to community engagement, Sarina Lalla doesn’t let a day go by when she’s not involved in a project she feels strongly about. Every semester, she dedicates no less than 100 hours of her time to helping others, among other things as president of the student association at Collège Gérald-Godin. As an accomplished musician – she plays piano and sings since the age of 5 – Sarina has been reaping in the rewards: medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Coup de cœur award at the 2014 Cégep en Spectacle competition, and so forth. One of her most cherished dreams is to become an oncologist. With her passion for biology and cancer research, in May 2015 she set up a “colourful and creative” race that enabled her to raise $1,200 for breast cancer. “It’s just the beginning for me, because I hope to be able to do much more in the future. Getting involved brings me so much happiness that I couldn’t picture my life any other way.”


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Mutual Aid, Peace and Justice
FINALIST


Students committed to providing their peers with first aid services

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is the very premise of the Équipe santé at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit. The team is made up of members of the Student Association and specializes in first aid services. With its mandate of preventing disease and promoting hygiene at all costs, the team members among other things have made sure that there are condom and tampon dispensers within reach of all students. An information and support booth is also open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and, in the past year alone, the booth has provided first aid treatment on no less than 75 occasions! To ensure the project is profitable and sustainable, the team members have also organized several activities aimed at securing donations. Thanks to the pooled efforts of the entire team, more than $6,000 was raised in the past year, a sure sign that health is a top priority!


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Mutual Aid, Peace and Justice
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Students committed to helping new students better adjust through a student mentorship program

The Parrainage project, initiated by students in the animal health technology program at Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, all began thanks to the power of one teacher’s words: “Make the difference…” This was the inspiration that prompted the project members to strive to do their part in reducing the stress experienced by new students. To do so, they established a mentorship program between students. And they even wrote a guide to mentoring! Mentors are there to offer tips, advice and support to new students, making it far easier for them to adapt. Encouraging interaction and discussion between students, the mentoring system enables all those involved to develop their self-confidence and therefore progress in their new surroundings in a positive manner. Since the project was set up, the students say they are less stressed just before their first lab tests. It seems that the adventure is already “making a difference” in the lives of these young people. Well done!


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Arts, Literature and Culture
FINALIST


Students committed to creating a rallying event to promote openness to the world

In 2014, in order to bring together students, members of staff and the members of diverse cultural communities, a group of students at Cégep Garneau set up the Semaine interculturelle. Over a one-week period, the project members scheduled a series of activities and workshops enabling visitors to discover the richness of the showcased cultures: Chinese, Mexican, German, Irish and African. Daily food-themed tastings, international beer evenings, Volkswagen test drives… The event organizers used creativity in order to draw the attention of participants! They also knew what they were doing and had past experience because the Semaine interculturelle was in its third edition in 2014. Through their dedication and ingenuity, these students have succeeded over the years in establishing strong partnerships that ensure the success of an event that attracts an increasing number of participants every year. Bravo!


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Students committed to promoting social cohesion through art

For the members of the Champlain Regional College St-Lambert art club, art can be turned into a powerful tool for social cohesion and this is why they strive to promote artistic expression among as many students as possible. To fulfil this goal, the club members organized a series of artistic activities throughout the school year with the theme “Art of enlightenment,” which culminated with a huge mural created in an improvised manner by dozens and dozens of students on campus. Inspired by a musical “jam session,” the creation of the murals panned a period of one week. Working in groups, the students each left their mark, added their ideas and contributed their unique identity. Entitled “Coexistence,” the mural is a tangible demonstration of the diversity that characterizes our society and sends powerful message: to coexist one must recognize one’s uniqueness but also accept differences.


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Entrepreneurship, Business and Economy
FINALIST


Students committed to offering unique tool and knife sharpening services

It was Philippe Hébert and Naoto Couture, two students at Champlain Regional College – St-Lawrence, who came up with the brilliant idea of creating Aiguisage Katana. Their project brings back to life, in a dynamic way, the traditional trade of sharpening knives and cooking and gardening implements. According to the market research the two students conducted, 90% of the population is unaware of the existence of the profession of knife sharpener! Which means they have their work cut out for them! But the project’s rapid growth is a given: 200 people called on Aiguisage Katana’s services in summer 2014 and a total of 1,000 items were sharpened. Because the demand is expected to quadruple in summer 2015, four other students have now joined the team. The members of the small business are committed to offering their clients rapid and efficient services adapted to their needs. Their pledge? To renew people’s enjoyment of cooking and gardening thanks to well-sharpened tools!


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Students committed to giving a new life to professional hockey sticks

Initiated by a student at Cégep Garneau, the Recycle, Lance… Et Compte! project was launched as a means of offering hockey enthusiasts professional-quality sticks for a fraction of the price. How? By repairing hockey sticks manufactured from composite materials that are donated by professional hockey teams! How would you like to have the chance to purchase a stick that once belonged to a National Hockey League (NHL) star? It’s now possible. The sticks that are donated are customized according to the preferences of the players who owned them and sometimes even feature the player’s name, which obviously gives them a unique charm. It’s not surprising therefore that the small enterprise is such a huge success! What’s more, through various partnerships that have been established, the project can provide hockey sticks to local youths who can thus play hockey all winter long… in the hopes of accomplishing a hat trick!


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Environnement
FINALIST


Students committed to promoting environmentally responsible practices in their community

In order to make students and the general public realize that it is indeed possible to have a positive impact on the environment, even on a small scale, the members of the environmental committee at Cégep de Granby– called Anges-Jolis-Verts or “Anges” for short– launched a major awareness campaign featuring several interactive projects in which participants are invited to take concrete action for the environment. One of the activities they organized at the very beginning of the 2014 school year was a huge eco-responsible celebration held for the first time in the region, which aroused considerable media interest. Then there’s the Friperie-mobile, a second-hand clothing exchange held twice a month and the J’en ai eu, j’en veux plus! initiative, a huge shelf where anyone can put functional objects they no longer need so that others can use them. Without question, the “Anges” work true little wonders for the environment!


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Environnement
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Students committed to creating a unique awareness event

Dreamed up and organized by the members of the Vertdure environmental committee at Cégep de Jonquière, the first edition of the Salon de la Terre, was a two-day event during which students and staff members alike were invited to take part in free activities organized and hosted by student volunteers. The students, in a desire to raise public awareness, hosted several information booths about various environmental issues, such as the textile and meat industries. But there weren’t just booths: a number of workshops were also developed in order to allow participants to gain hands-on experience: horticulture workshop, artisanal soap making workshop, natural household cleaning products workshop and organic food tastings. It just may be that the organizers were guided by the famous Confucian saying: “When I hear, I forget; when I see, I remember; when I do, I understand.”


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Sports and Health
FINALIST


Students committed to the social inclusion of disabled young people

The founders of the F.A.C.T. (Friendship and Community Ties) club at Champlain College Saint-Lambert won their wager of forging ties between students with physical or mental disabilities and those in the regular program. Thanks to a partnership established with the special needs school REACH, the club members successfully organized a Sports Day consisting of a series of exercise stations followed by a healthy lunch. Thanks to support from other groups on campus, including students ineducational psychology, each station was perfectly adapted to the specific disabilities of the participants. Now more determined than ever, the club have established a new partnership and F.A.C.T. now benefits from the help of 50 new volunteers from the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie to develop activities that focus on an active lifestyle and the willingness to live together despite differences.


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Sports and Health
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Students committed to boosting the appeal of an exciting sport

Since 2013, Collège Montmorency can proudly claim to be the only college in the network to offer water polo as an intramural activity. The initiative was born of the desire of one student who wanted to share her passion for this little known but nonetheless fascinating sport. Today, the team has fifteen regular players, both men and women, and numerous recruits who want to try their hand at the game. Breakfast meetings between players, joint training sessions with the Club de water-polo Laval and ties forged with other colleges, no effort is spared to attain the goal of becoming a competitive team acknowledged by the college. The project’s instigator has even secured support from the Water-polo Québec organization, THE Québec reference in the sport! Her personal message is clear: “Sport is accessible to all regardless of age, weight or gender.” We’ll take her word for it!


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Science and Technology
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Students committed to environmental sustainability

The development of renewable energies is avitally important issue and is at the heart of the research project on abrasion caused by hydrokinetic turbine blades conducted by two students at Cégep de Jonquière. The two astute researchers succeeded in presenting an accurate picture of abrasion on a blade, paving the way for improvement that could clearly increase the economic and environmental attractiveness of hydrokinetic energy. Their multidisciplinary scientific approach called on expertise from around ten specialists, as well as using innovative practices: application of soot, the use of photographic software, etc. When they presented their project at three regional science fairs, the team showed young people beyond the shadow of a doubt “that it is indeed possible for students to be actors of change and play an active role in improving the collective welfare of our society.” An example to follow!


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Society, Communications, Education and Politics
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Students committed to sharing and broadcasting their local news

La Salle des Nouvelles is a new student newspaper at Cégep Garneau. The chief mandate of this online paper is to cover current events at the college, which had previously never benefitted from this type of platform. Founded in January 2015, the newspaper’s staff already includes an editor-in-chief, five editors, a secretary, a communications manager, a graphic designer and some ten journalists. In the first twenty days after it was launched, La Salle des Nouvelles published six articles on social media and succeeded in reaching a potential of 2,000 people! Today, several hundred readers visit the platform every day, a sure sign of the project’s relevance. Moreover, in order to offer quality content, the team at La Salle des Nouvelles acquired the Québec guide to journalistic ethics and has organized workshops with professional journalists. Thanks to this team of passionate students, there’s no reason for not being up to date on what’s going on at the college!


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Society, Communications, Education and Politics
FINALIST


Students committed to “playing” to raise awareness of paediatric cancer

The La console qui console project was dreamed up by a group of students in special education technology at Cégep de Sherbrooke. And their goal was to make a significant difference in society while developing the skills required in event planning. After studying all the possible causes they could defend, they decided to help sick children and the project they developed to do so was an event that gave the Estrie community an opportunity to play board games and video games for 24 hours. Participants also got the chance to meet superheroes: children who, despite illness, thrive and show outstanding courage. It was therefore through games and laughter that they were able to raise awareness of paediatric cancer among more than 500 people! The students also used the project to successfully raise a total of $5,000, which they donated to Leucan Estrie.


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A student committed to a better world, one small gesture at a time

Recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal, Claude Giguère has been involved in an impressive number of causes and events over the years: the Shaved Head Challenge, the Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon suicide prevention committee and another for combating homophobia, the Snowboard Jamboree, Vélirium and many more! Altruistic from head to toe, she actively participated in the Au cœur de l’Afrique 2013 international cooperation project by helping to secure funding and build a drinking water well in Benin. Claude also excels in entrepreneurship: she managed to find a sponsor for $1,000 and sold 1,500 tickets for an exhibit mounted by the Chambre de commerce de l’Est de la Beauce. Her definition of engagement? “A state of dedication requiring that we always strive to do better to attain a goal that is greater than the individual, in other words that has benefits at the collective level.” One thing is certain: her passion is contagious!


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A student committed to greater social justice

As early as high school, Alysée Lavallée-Imhof gave tangible form to her passion for international cooperation by establishing a sponsorship program for Haitian classrooms. Then in summer 2014, she participated in a two and a half month mission in Bolivia. On her return to Cégep de Victoriaville, she allowed her community to discover the realities of children in this developing country by hosting an evening of discussions centred on an exhibit of her photos. With her overall grade average of 96%, she also offers tutoring services in mathematics, French and the humanities. As vice president internal of her student association, she has organized monthly food awareness activities and is currently working on opening a second-hand clothing shop. Her goal? To increase awareness among her peers of the importance of recycling textiles while donating the profits to educational causes and charities. Now you can’t beat that.


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A student committed to having a positive impact by playing a key role in his community

Valentin Montmaurs was born in France and arrived in Québec, and at Cégep de Chicoutimi, in 2013. And since that day, Valentin’s story has turned into a wonderful adventure in commitment and the gift of self. In just the blink of an eye, the young Frenchman became steadfastly involved in his community. “I have great faith in the power of youth and I believe young people can change the future if they get involved.” And Valentin exemplifies this conviction every day, whether it’s as the representative of students in the technical programs on the college’s board of directors, as student representative on the COOPSCO board of directors, as member of the student residences committee, as student manager of the travel office, as team leader at the Tazavero student coffee shop or as coordinator of external affairs for his student association. “For me, seeing people smile, meeting new people and teamwork are excellent sources of motivation!”


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A student committed to protecting our planet’s equilibrium

Victor Grivegnée-Dumoulin is a great fan of ecology and… the performing arts. The health science student and captain of the improvisation team at Cégep de Granby has just been admitted to the Université de Sherbrooke in biology and plans to do a master’s in ecology. “I hope to one day have the opportunity to help protect our planet’s equilibrium.” His trips to Ecuador and Peru – which he organized himself and where he worked among other things at a refuge for animals that are victims of poaching and deforestation –soon confirmed his interest in biology and the preservation of species. On his return, Victor combined these interests with his love for the performing arts to give talks at elementary and high schools, as well as at his college, as a means of raising awareness of nature conservation among young people. “I hope to have a positive impact everywhere I go and the smiles I get from the people around me are the best kind of reward I could ask for.”


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