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AWARD RECIPIENTSCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Clara Coderre-Trahan

Clara Coderre-Trahan

A student committed to fostering a sense of belonging to the school among her peers

Whether you look to your left or to your right, chances are you’ll spot Clara Coderre-Trahan at Jean-de-Brébeuf high school! Clara is a member of the student life council and environment committee. She is also captain of the improvisation team, director of the theatre troupe and host of the school variety show. What’s more, she is involved in musical comedy and plays in the stage band! Why is she engaged in so many things? Because Clara wants to make her school a more vibrant place, but also because it is important to her to be part of the efforts made to make young people more aware of issues she feels very strongly about like the environment and solidarity.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Marie-Claude Cormier

Marie-Claude Cormier

A student committed to overcoming her academic difficulties by staying focused

For Marie-Claude Cormier, perseverance is equivalent to never ceasing to forge ahead regardless of whether the road is a smooth or arduous one. And for her, the road has been far from smooth. Marie-Claude suffers from dyslexia and an attention deficit disorder and therefore has to work twice and even three times as hard to do well in school. But nothing will detract her from her goal of graduating from high school! Her target is crystal clear: to succeed, no matter what. And she draws her inspiration from her mother, who went back to school at the age of 30. Her secret to never giving up? A promise she made to her grandmother: that despite her difficulties at school, she would never drop out.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Boutique de Noël

Boutique de Noël

Students committed to running a small thriving business

The Boutique de Noël sells very special and totally unique products, made by committed students who are proud of their designs. That’s because the project members create various objects using salvaged and recycled materials, turning them into Christmas decorations. Because there are virtually no shops of its kind in the Témiscouata region, the Boutique de Noël meets a real need in its community. When their boutique opened last November, it generated more than $3,000 in sales revenue, which was then reinvested in articles and activities for students. Praised for the quality of their workmanship, many members discovered unknown passions and hidden talents.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery

Students committed to using creativity to increase their perseverance at school

A group of 15 students in the special needs program set themselves quite a challenge: that of developing three murder mystery game prototypes and then submitting them to a Québec publishing company. Divided into three teams, the students chose a theme, wrote the synopsis, developed the characters and composed the dialogues. In order to put their creations to the test, they organized a murder mystery evening which attracted a great deal of interest at school! Although writing and teamwork are not easy tasks for these students, together they managed to meet the challenge. The 13 to 15 year olds are now more motivated than ever and have shown a brand new way of persevering at school.

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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Annie Richard

Annie Richard

A psychoeducator committed to mobilizing young people for action

Annie Richard is simply bursting with energy. This psychoeducator at Jean-de-Brébeuf high school is involved in every project under the sun! She knows that by offering students a wide variety of activities she will allow them to gain greater self-awareness and build their self-esteem. Among other things, she is the person behind the Salon des passions and the Fillactives race. With her strong determination, she never hesitates to seek funding to buy a student glasses or take another one to the hairdresser’s! Annie is a pro-active and positive person and has become a role model for students, who see her as a woman of action who never gives up.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 La lecture pour Noël

La lecture pour Noël

Students committed to spreading the joys of reading

The La lecture pour Noël project was developed by a group of students on the solidarity committee at Roger-Comtois high school. The project members began by collecting used books, games, films and records and then selling them in their community. They managed to raise more than $1,800 and this sum was increased through funds collected thanks to the volunteer work of some of the students and a grant, bringing the total to over $6,000. This enabled them to purchase 473 new books which they subsequently handed out in person to students at two elementary schools in underprivileged neighbourhoods. Their goal? To share the joys of reading with toddlers, as a means of helping them to succeed at school.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Kenya project

Kenya project

Students committed to providing Kenya with drinking water

Élisabeth Bussières came back from a two-month trip to Nakuru, Kenya, with a desire to help, to make a difference. In Nakuru, residents are badly affected by water scarcity and every day, women have to walk dozens of kilometres just to bring back a small amount of water to their village. Determined to do something to help them, she mobilized a group of Secondary 1 girls around the Kenya project. The girls carry out fund-raising activities to purchase storage tanks for collecting rainwater. More than $2,000 has been raised up to now and one reservoir has already been installed in Nakuru, with two more on their way very soon


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Rosemarie Lévesque

Rosemarie Lévesque

A student committed to talking openly about differences in order to eliminate taboos

Rosemarie Lévesque has difficulty at school and has to consistently put in the extra effort to succeed in her studies. And because she suffers from a generalized anxiety disorder, she also has to deal with bouts of insecurity. However, despite all this, Rosemarie is an outgoing person who knows how to surround herself with the right people, drawing her energy from her relationships with others. Strongly resolved to attain her goal of one day pursuing studies in the visual arts, she gets involved on all fronts because for her it’s a way of achieving a balance in life. Colourful and carefree, she hopes to eliminate the taboos linked to differences by speaking openly about her sexual orientation and anxiety problems.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Laura Belzile

Laura Belzile

A student committed to taking control of her life and offering the very best of herself

Laura Belzile has had her fair share of upheavals in life. As a teenager, the many conflicts with her parents almost pushed her over the edge. She was then diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and this led to bouts of deep depression and serious drug addiction problems. But Laura has unbelievable inner strength. To get out of her situation, she sought help, from addiction counsellors among others, and today, at the age of 17, Laura lives on her own and supports herself. Determined to graduate from high school and then eventually pursue university studies, she knows that there are brighter days ahead.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Danielle Béland

Danielle Béland

A teacher committed to “igniting the spark”

“I chose teaching because I wanted to work with teenagers, capitalize on my creativity and avoid routine,” Danielle Béland admits. “I couldn’t have made a better choice!” With her love of the French language and the performing arts, Danielle has been in charge of the Cycle 1 theatre program at Séminaire Saint-François since 1999, a program in which all students are admitted, without an audition. Her goal? To enable everyone to try their hand at acting without fear of being judged. Every year, the students stage up to two productions and are able to discover a new passion, and sometimes even unsuspected talent. And her greatest reward is to see that little spark ignite in the eyes of her students.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Éric Forcier

Éric Forcier

A staff member committed to mobilizing his community in actions for change

Éric Forcier is the type of person who finds ways, not excuses. A lab technician at at Cabano high school, Éric gets involved in all aspects of school and after-school life. A member of the school’s substance abuse committee and the person in charge of the student coffee shop, he also accompanies students on school outings and collaborates on the production of shows. He also built a community greenhouse with the help of a group of students from the school! Through his commitment, Éric shows everybody – students, staff, parents and the community – that each individual can do everything in their power to change things for the better.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 AVCdefg… La vie continue!

AVCdefg… La vie continue!

Students committed to supporting a friend while raising public awareness of stroke

In September 2016, students witnessed a tragic event: one of their classmates suffered a stroke. Deeply shaken, they decided to join forces to help their friend and his family. To do this, they organized a benefit evening to raise funds as well as make as many people as possible aware of stroke and its consequences. Held under the theme “AVCdefg… La vie continue!” (Stroke, life goes on!), the activity was organized from A to Z by students, who are all 14 and 15 years old, and featured a benefit dinner, conference and dance. And their activity, organized in partnership with the Fondation Élan, brought together an entire community.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 DéJEUNErs

DéJEUNErs

Students committed to getting their day off to a good start!

Every morning, from 7am to 9am, approximately thirty students head to the cafeteria at Vallée-des-Lacs high school. In a friendly spirit, these young people meet together and chat among themselves. On the menu: breakfast for all! At a school like this one, with a high deprivation level, providing students with a proper meal is important. The service is managed entirely by two Secondary 5 students who look after the management, registrations, accounting, food orders and the volunteer schedules. And in the mornings, it is the responsibility of ten other student volunteers to prepare the breakfasts and greet the participating students, bringing happiness to all.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Martin Côté

Martin Côté

A teacher committed to keeping potential dropouts in school

Martin Côté has vision and is driven by challenges. His source of motivation? Keeping potential dropouts in school. The founder of the Pré-Dep program, the only program of its kind in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, he enables students at risk to explore work experience options linked to the school’s various vocational training courses. Attentive to his students’ needs, he strives to make school a stimulating and welcoming place and, through his efforts, projects like the training room and mini mechanics shop are now a reality at Transcontinental high school. Dedicated and sensitive to others, he helps students uncover their hidden passions by bringing their talents to light. Thanks to the experiences they take part in, these young people have renewed faith in their abilities.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Olivier Lachance

Olivier Lachance

A student committed to tackling his problems with a positive and constructive attitude

From the moment he started high school, Olivier Lachance had to make sustained efforts to not only do well at school, but also be accepted by his peers and integrate into his new environment. Olivier suffers from Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay, a hereditary progressive neurological disorder. In order to avoid failing at school, he has to work countless hours and spare no effort. Despite often thinking he would have to repeat a school year, thanks to his constant application and perseverance, he will successfully complete his secondary studies in the usual five years, in the regular education program! For Olivier, the way to overcome problems is by tackling them head on.


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Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Carl Gaudreault

Carl Gaudreault

A teacher committed to giving students a taste for sport and personal excellence

A great sports enthusiast, Carl Gaudreault strives to motivate students at De la Cité high school to become more active! Convinced that physical activity is beneficial to the overall success of young people, he has set up and supervises a number of groups that encourage students to get involved in sports, including a soccer club, running club and elite running club. Among other things, every Tuesday and Thursday, he and 28 students get together for running practice. Everybody shows up, regardless of the weather! As for his source of motivation, he sums it up like this: “The teenagers who I’ve prompted to become more active will one day be parents themselves and will in turn show their children how to make sport a part of their lives.”


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Jérémy Plourde

Jérémy Plourde

A student committed to taking one step forward every day without looking back

Jérémy Plourde was born with immune deficiency and an unspecified neuromuscular disease and as a result needs large amounts of drugs, physiotherapy, breathing exercises and blood transfusions every single day! Despite having to make agonizing choices, such as between his homework obligations and hockey practice, due to his fragile health condition, Jérémy maintains a positive and upbeat attitude. As the spokesperson for Héma-Québec and Opération Enfant Soleil, he raises substantial amounts of money for sick children every year. And thanks to his unwavering determination, Jérémy believes that anything can be achieved and that, yes, miracles can indeed happen.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Louanne Marquis

Louanne Marquis

A student committed to changing the world, in her own way, by being fully rooted in her community

When there’s an activity at school, Louanne Marquis is never far away, either as an organizer or participant! Drama, improvisation league, Secondaire en spectacle contest, student life committee, reading club, and the list goes on. Louanne is fully committed in everything she undertakes and sees her involvement as a means of making a difference and reaching her full potential. As for sports, among other things, she’s a member of the school soccer league which she set up last year and in broomball, she and her team took part in the Canadian championships! With her sunny disposition, Louanne also champions important causes outside the school walls, like the Relay for Life, in which she has taken part for the last 3 years.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Alice Marsh

Alice Marsh

A student committed to introducing the young and old alike to the performing arts

Theatre and the performing arts are what make Alice Marsh tick. In 2016, she won the local finals of the Secondaire en spectacle contest and then in 2017 introduced elementary school students to the performing arts as part of the event’s non-competitive chapter. As a member of both a figure-skating and athletics club, she trains several times a week but this has by no means stopped her from setting up a theatre troupe, and then writing, staging and producing a play that was attended by more than 2,000 people! This young bright-eyed student has come to realize that getting involved is a wonderful way of fulfilling one’s dreams and enabling others to do likewise.


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Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Kamille Monosiet

Kamille Monosiet

A student committed to sharing her enthusiasm on stage and everywhere else!

Kamille Monosiet gets involved because it allows her to share her passions, learn and help others. She believes that the activities she engages in are a source of energy and allow her to achieve personal fulfilment. As a member of the Music-Hall, head of the graduation organizing committee and musician in the elite Stage Band, Kamille never does things by halves! Her fundraising ideas for the Stage Band, among other things, will enable the group to go back to New York this year, not to mention the $4,000 that was raised so that young artists at her school will have the chance to take part in an unforgettable experience on stage during the Secondaire en spectacle contest. An eternal optimist, Kamille shares her enthusiasm with everybody around her.


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Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Fabrice Thériault

Fabrice Thériault

A student committed to making his school and community more dynamic by being a leader and unifier

Fabrice Thériault is a source of inspiration for everyone around him. A member of the athletics sport concentration program, Fabrice is a high calibre thrower. Crowned provincial champion on multiple occasions and a Canadian medalist, he is the only athlete in Québec to have thrown the hammer more than 50 metres in the cadets division! But above and beyond these achievements, he has a heartfelt desire to pass on his passion for sports to younger people and among other things gives of his time coaching at different sporting events. In addition to distinguishing himself in the arts (theatre, hosting, dance), Fabrice manages to find time to give support and vitalize his community by volunteering at a multitude of activities.


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Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Zachary Trottier

Zachary Trottier

A student committed to preventing bullying with kindness, respect and open-mindedness

Cheerful, available and always willing to help wherever he can, Zachary Trottier is motivated by a sincere desire to help turn his school into a positive environment for all. As a member of the support team Aidants Secrets, Zachary helps prevent bullying by strolling the corridors, reporting cases of bullying and offering students his support. In his quest for kindness, respect and inclusion, he provides new students with personalized support to help them better integrate. A karate teacher, member of the Air Cadets and football player, Zachary is also a role model for younger students, who recognize his altruism, compassion, support, cooperation and leadership.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Mariane Beaupré

Mariane Beaupré

A teacher committed to putting a stop to homophobia among young people

Mariane Beaupré, a Spanish teacher at De Rochebelle high school, is fully dedicated to the fight against homophobia in schools. Very popular among students in particular because of her sense of humour and her rallying spirit, she has set herself apart at school for her open-mindedness and her commitment to defending the rights of minorities. In 2013, with the help of students who had approached her about finding solutions to put an end to hate-driven behaviour towards the young LGBT community, she founded the first ever high school AlliéEs contre l’homophobie committee in the Québec City area.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Louka Bouchard

Louka Bouchard

A student committed to persevering and forging ahead thanks to hockey

When he was only 2 years old, Louka Bouchard was diagnosed with leukemia and then, when he was in second grade, he was given the awful news that he had dysphasia. This learning disability, which primarily affects his ability to understand, made school all the more challenging and Louka had to repeat Secondary 2. At the age of 14, it was then type 1 diabetes that was added to the mix. But despite everything, Louka continues to believe that you must never give up hope. And he owes this determination to succeed to hockey, a sport he started practising at the age of 7. He has played in the midget league since 2016 and, with the help of a teacher, even set up a hockey team at school. “I still don’t know what kind of career I want to pursue, but it will definitely have something to do with hockey!”


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