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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-01-01 Isabelle Martel

Isabelle Martel

A special education teacher committed to gaining the trust of young people through original projects

Substance use problems, attention deficit, behavioural disorders, anxiety, learning disabilities, difficult family situations… Isabelle Martel works with young people who often have weighty baggage fraught with failures and setbacks. In her twenty-year career, this teacher who works in the special education program at Polyvalente de Normandin has seen just about everything. But aside from these huge challenges, she has also discovered great strengths and unexpected talent. To help them become more aware of their true potential, she comes up with projects that prompt them to give the very best of themselves and, in many case, help to keep them in school and allow them to see the prospect of a future where they can realize their ideals. In doing so, she leaves a lasting impression on their high school years.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-01-01 Coralie Robertson

Coralie Robertson

A student committed to promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle in her community

For Coralie Robertson, getting involved is a lever to achieving equilibrium and greater well-being. Athletic and results-oriented, she leads a wide variety of projects and spares no effort when it comes to achieving her objectives. This graduate student at Cité étudiante Roberval has always been active and, although she has an outstanding track record, admits that she hasn’t always possessed this thirst for accomplishment. When she began high school, she shied away from sport, rarely gave it her all and sometimes settled for less. Clear-headed, she decided to distance herself from the negative influence of some of the people in her inner circle in order to go her own way and succeed. Today, she acknowledges that the satisfaction of a job well done has allowed her to discover two things: her personal skills and the exhilarating feeling that comes with giving of one’s time.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-06-03 La Fresque des trois valeurs

La Fresque des trois valeurs

Students committed to giving form to their school’s core values by creating a mural

Hospitality, courtesy and empathy. These are the three values that are close to the hearts of students and staff at Camille-Lavoie high school. And they serve as the backdrop for an ambitious project aimed at revitalizing the building’s social nerve centre: a one-of-a-kind colourful mural made using two- and three-dimensional mediums and created by three Secondary 5 students. As well as enlivening an area intended exclusively for students, this true masterpiece is a reminder for all of the school’s core educational principles. A valuable heritage that the three artists will be leaving behind at the end of the school year but that will perpetuate values that will continue to prosper within the walls of the school.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Répercu-sons

Students committed to making instruments in order to introduce elementary students to music

Introducing elementary students to a little known musical instrument while learning carpentry and how to run a small business is the three-fold challenge that eight students in the carpentry program at Jean-Dolbeau high school’s Le Tournant pavilion have successfully pulled off. Prompted by their teacher, they rolled up their sleeves and starting making cajones, a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru played by slapping the faces to create different sounds. In only a few short months, they managed to make some thirty of these instruments, which they then donated to students at a local elementary school. In addition to making the youngsters happy, the budding carpenters were able to broaden their knowledge of the art as well as integrate different academic concepts such as arithmetic and taking measurements. A project with manifold positive effects!


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-05-13 Marie-Anne Doucet

Marie-Anne Doucet

A student committed to promoting a balanced lifestyle and perseverance in her community

Marie-Anne Doucet is brimming with new ideas and is the type of person who puts her heart and soul into every project she undertakes. This graduating student at Curé-Hébert high school gets involved time and time again both at school and in her community in order to get to know herself better and push back her limits. Driven by this desire to constantly forge ahead, she carries out every one of her initiatives with wonderful energy. Whether it’s participating in entrepreneurial projects at school, producing a play, writing articles for the school newspaper, providing homework assistance to elementary students, practicing her sport of taekwondo or doing volunteer work for various causes, she gives it her all.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-05-13 Laurie Bouliane

Laurie Bouliane

A teacher committed to enabling young people to reap the benefits of music

Music has been flowing in Laurie Bouliane’s blood since she was a little girl and this music teacher at Camille-Lavoie high school began playing at a very young age. Guided by her father who was also a teacher and with her passion for guitar, she quite naturally turned towards music teaching, which became the obvious path to follow. But above and beyond her given tasks, Mrs. Laurie is steadfastly committed to her students. She relentlessly produces several performances every year and builds strong relationships with her students, so much so that an increasing number of students enrol in her classes from one year to the next. And this means that she helps to keep music alive at the school, much to the delight of both her students and those who have the pleasure of hearing them play.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-05-06 Emrick Doucet

Emrick Doucet

A student committed to building a bright future for himself despite his dyslexia

Reading and writing are two essential skills for succeeding. But for Emrick Doucet, acquiring these skills has been a constant challenge ever since he started school. That’s because this graduating student at Curé-Hébert high school has had to deal with severe mixed dyslexia and dysorthographia. Reading and understanding instructions, decoding written texts and writing sentences, text messages and social media posts are all everyday actions that have become small personal victories. And these victories are what have enabled him to finally graduate from high school and have paved the way towards a college education.


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Semaine québécoise de la déficience intellectuelle

Students committed to helping people with an intellectual disability to better integrate

Students and staff at L’Odyssée / Dominique-Racine high school are in direct contact with differences on a daily basis. This is due to the fact that nearly 60 students attend the Centre Ressources, a wing where teaching is adapted to the pace of students with special needs. These young people, who among other things face a physical handicap, autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability, share their daily lives with students in the “regular” program. Here, integration is a fundamental value, a way of live. And when Quebec’s Intellectual Disability Week comes along, the word “integration” is what it’s all about. It’s a time when numerous activities are organized to encourage young people not only to celebrate their differences, but also recognize their similarities. The weeklong event features sports activities, the sharing of experiences, artistic and entrepreneurial projects, social activities and so forth. In other words, countless opportunities to join together and better understand each another.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-04-22 Diane Tremblay

Diane Tremblay

A maintenance worker committed to providing students with a living environment that reflects who they are

Jean-Gauthier high school just wouldn’t be the same without Diane Tremblay. For the past eight years, this maintenance worker has not only been helping to keep the school clean, she also contributes to shaping the building’s overall atmosphere, among other things, by painting. It is in part thanks to her that the walls are painted in tones that are in harmony with the young people who attend the school. But above and beyond her maintenance tasks, Diane Tremblay is also a confidant and friend for both students and members of staff. Whether it’s overseeing the rental of the gymnasiums, accompanying students on school outings, setting up the decors prior to a show or even lending a hand at events like the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, Diane Tremblay contributes to the life of the school, nourishes it and makes it a little bit more beautiful with each passing day.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-04-15 Marc-André Houde

Marc-André Houde

A student committed to discovering and developing his strengths and then using them to help others

Marc-André Houde has had a taste for engagement ever since elementary school. It was a presentation given by the Club Octogone Laterrière at his school that lit the initial spark. Ever since, he gets involved in countless projects that make him feel useful and help spread joy and vitalize life in his community, for youngsters and seniors alike. In addition to his duties as a member of the board for his region’s Club Octogone - notably as vice-president of activities and vice-president of ways and means -, his dedication to the Laterrière youth centre, and his participation in the student government and his school’s bi-generational team, this Secondary 3 student at Odyssée / Dominique-Racine high school is successful in his studies, plays the trombone and, despite his very busy schedule, manages to maintain an impressively balanced lifestyle.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-04-08 Émile Drolet

Émile Drolet

A student committed to building on his strengths and meeting the challenges of his physical disability

Émile Drolet has had his fair share of medical examinations and operations. Born with a severe cleft lip and palate, this Secondary 3 student at Polyvalente de Normandin has undergone some twenty operations and several bone grafts, physically gruelling medical procedures that were unfortunately unsuccessful. Beyond his somewhat different physical appearance, Émile has to cope with a problem pronouncing certain sounds. But despite the constant pain and inevitable absences from school, he continues to obtain excellent grades. A keen athlete, he excels in judo and soccer and is also enrolled in the music concentration program and plays the piano. In short, Émile succeeds in everything he undertakes and the key to his success is his unwavering determination and tremendous resilience.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-04-01 Dénonçons les publicités sexistes

Dénonçons les publicités sexistes

Students committed to reporting gender stereotypes in advertising

Is advertising sexist? Yes, even in this day and age. At least this is the sad observation made by four graduating students at Polyvalente de Normandin. And that was all it took to prompt them to embrace the cause of women and follow various channels for raising awareness and fighting the use of gender stereotypes in advertising: an information booth, the distribution of information material, a petition… Their initiative rapidly gained ground and made it all the way to Mr. Philippe Couillard himself. Their goal? To reverse the trend and bring about change by encouraging those around them to become better informed and more aware.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-03-22 Nancy Lachance

Nancy Lachance

A special education technician committed to propelling young people towards success

Nancy Lachance is well known to the young people of L’Anse-Saint-Jean. She is a well-known figure, yet also an ally. As a special education technician, she assists high school students at Fréchette school not only by lending a helping hand so that they can succeed in their studies, but also by giving them the tools they need to successfully carry out the projects they undertake, irrespective of their scope. Her commitment to the region’s up and coming generation far exceeds the confines of the classroom. As a volunteer at the youth centre, she builds different kinds of ties with them, in a different setting, as a means of helping them progress at a personal level. In both these cases, her goal remains the same: to make them aware of their strengths so that they can advance in life with confidence.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-03-18 Philippe Doucet

Philippe Doucet

A student committed to establishing a culture of respect at his school

Empathy. This great quality that allows us to share the feelings of others and prompts us to put ourselves in their shoes and understand what they are going through is an innate ability for Philippe Doucet. And it’s precisely this gift that has prompted the sports concentration program student at Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour to develop a project that will rally the entire student body: an anti-bullying program. His goal is to encourage his peers to report any form of bullying they witness and make assistance resources more easily accessible. Between swimming training, schoolwork and volunteering, Philippe continues to work on his project, which should be finalised by the end of the school year and ready to be fully implemented next year.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-03-11 Maxime Gagné

Maxime Gagné

A student committed to achieving his career objectives despite learning disabilities

Life was no piece of cake for Maxime Gagné when he started high school. After repeating both Secondary 1 and 2, he had to come to terms with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as fairly severe dysphasia and therefore enrolled in the work oriented training path program offered at Fréchette high school. This course of study was better adapted to his pace and enabled him to gain his first experience on the job market. The student who could easily have become discouraged and given up decided instead to redouble his efforts and use every possible strategy in order to finish high school and achieve his career objectives. His strengths: an ability to surround himself with the right people and ask for help, as well as amazing perseverance, qualities that will take him far!


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-03-04 Recueil de services et de ressources

Recueil de services et de ressources

A project committed to empowering families dealing with a childhood cancer

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it causes upheaval in the daily lives of every family member. This is why Marie Parizeault at Charles-Gravel high school decided to carry out a truly original initiative in her region: she developed a compendium of the available resources and services for families with a child diagnosed with cancer. Psychologists, cancer information and support organizations, transportation, homework assistance, babysitting… it has it all! A 44-page practical tool that will definitely make life a bit easier for families dealing with the disease.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-02-26 Jean Bergeron

Jean Bergeron

A teacher committed to enabling students at his school and within his school board to benefit from his entrepreneurial spirit

Teacher, entrepreneur, manager, athlete… Jean Bergeron plays multiple roles. And he succeeds at everything he undertakes. Every day, this special education teacher at Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour works wonders with very little. First of all by transmitting strong values to students and encouraging them to continue pursuing their studies and become accomplished adults. And secondly by turning around the Centre de formation en entreprise et récupération (CFER) in Lac-Saint-Jean, a business that had been about to go under just a few months ago due to a substantial debt. His secret? Self-discipline, hard work and a wonderful ability to rally the people he knows around a great objective: that of helping young people secure a brighter future for themselves.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-02-19 Sarah-Ève Tremblay

Sarah-Ève Tremblay

A student committed to spreading joy through song and music

Sarah-Ève Tremblay has a natural knack for enjoying life to the fullest. A talented musician, as well as being blessed with a golden voice, this graduating student at Polyvalente de Normandin wants to share her gift with all audiences, regardless of who they are and where they are. For her, singing and music are not only wonderful means of expression, they are also a great way of allowing everyone to tap into their emotions and leave behind a daily life that is only too often focused on individualism and over-consumption. A way of going back to one’s roots, back to the essential, to what is real and authentic. That’s why she takes to the stage as often as she can to share the songs in her repertoire, both within the walls of her school and outside, in her community.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-02-12 Mégane Fortin

Mégane Fortin

A student committed to using her talents without allowing herself to be held back by deafness

Mégane Fortin is one of those people who have managed to rise above their disability. The Secondary 3 student at Charles-Gravel high school has to deal with a loss of hearing resulting from a meningitis infection that she contracted at the age of two. Thanks to technology and through her ongoing efforts, Mégane has learned to talk, which is quite a challenge for someone who can’t actually hear herself speak but one she has nonetheless overcome brilliantly. She has done so well in fact that she has been able to carry out a unique project demystifying the realities of the hearing impaired: a video in which she draws on her talents in the visual arts as well as being the narrator.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-02-05 La gang des petits déjeuners

La gang des petits déjeuners

Students committed to making breakfast for their fellow students so they can get their day off to a good start

A hungry stomach has no ears. Many students at Grandes-Marées high school have grasped the true meaning of this proverb thanks to a brilliant initiative. After realizing that certain students were showing up at school on an empty stomach, the fifteen students in the labour market training program decided to establish the winning conditions that would enable everyone to start their day off on the right foot. What the “Breakfast Gang” does on seven days out of a nine-day cycle is make toast and serve breakfast for students who request it. Result: their classmates are better predisposed to attend classes and can now concentrate more and it is clear that they are reaping the benefits of the project.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-01-29 Steeve Bolduc

Steeve Bolduc

A special education teacher committed to helping intellectually deficient young people reach their full potential

Steeve Bolduc has nearly 30 years of close up experience with differences. This special education technician at Odyssée/Dominique-Racine high school works on a daily basis with intellectually deficient young people. With his staunch dedication, the confidence he has in their abilities and his projects big and small, he provides them with tools, guides them and prepares them for the life that awaits them when they’ve completed their studies. “Monsieur Steeve” is a sower. He sows the seeds that will enable these young people to reap the things that are essential: independence, the ability to reach out to others and, more importantly, faith in their dreams and their future.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-01-18 Cloé Hudon

Cloé Hudon

A student committed to helping others as a token of appreciation for everything her school has brought to her life

Cloé Hudon is always on the move and this graduate student in the international education program at Charles-Gravel high school has an impressive track record. Between studying, physical activities and working, she takes on numerous commitments on her school’s political stage and collaborates on community projects that bring joy and make life more comfortable for others. Her source of motivation in an ongoing desire to help those around her and she sees being of service to others as a fitting way of paying tribute to the dedication of all those who have crossed her path since she began high school: the teachers and staff members who, day after day, help make student life more dynamic at her school, a place she loves and which will remain in her memories forever.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-01-12 Jean-Michel Bouchard

Jean-Michel Bouchard

A student committed to creating winning conditions to adhere to his values and follow his dreams

During a very grim period of his life, Jean-Michel Bouchard, a student at Grandes-Marées high school, used to numb his despair and suffering by taking drugs.  But what he saw as a means of fleeing reality quickly turned into a trap, a prison cell. A prison cell that prevented him from thriving, from making the necessary efforts and harnessing his strengths in order to reach his full potential. Drug treatment would have been pointless. His desire to get intoxicated and forget about his problems was stronger than him. Until the day he began thinking about his future, his dreams, and the things that really mattered to him. And what was it that helped him to overcome his addition and stay focused? The desire to start a family and secure a meaningful job, objectives that pushed him to regain control of his life.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2016-01-08 Janick Lévesque

Janick Lévesque

A student committed to showing exemplary tenacity to ensure a brighter future for herself

Janick Lévesque, a graduating student at Cité étudiante Roberval, has had to overcome many challenges that she found hard to shoulder. So hard in fact that she ended up neglecting her studies and equilibrium. With her school grades in constant decline, she was put in the Transit program, a path adapted to students with learning disabilities. As part of this group, made up of students who like her lacked motivation, she began to question herself. What did she really want to do with her life? Did she want to continue along this same route? Definitely not. It took but a few minutes of level-headedness to convince herself to undertake a major change of direction. Today, Janick is the perfect example of perseverance, resolve and resilience and is now steadfastly focused on success.


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