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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Voyage humanitaire à Haïti

Students committed to providing assistance to people in a country that has been very hard hit over the years


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Brigade NOEL

Students committed to making their school a respectful and stimulating living environment for everyone

Since the Brigade NOEL (Nous On Est Là!) support group was set up at Du Versant high school, denunciations of bullying incidents have increased by 20%, which in turn has helped restore a sense of security at the school. This is a dramatic result considering that the main actors behind the project are all students themselves. The Brigade is made up of 14 students from Secondary 3 through 5 and is dedicated to helping young people experiencing hard times or caught in conflict relationships. The Brigade’s volunteer members have all received prior training in counselling and can thus recognize signs of distress, respond to confidences and refer students to the appropriate resources. They are also on the frontline when it comes to setting up theme weeks aimed at raising awareness of various issues.


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Collecte de sang du PEI à l’ESHG

Students committed to encouraging blood donations that help save lives

When a group of students in the international education program at Hormisdas-Gamelin high school found out that only 3% of people in Québec who are eligible to give blood actually do so, they decided they wanted to increase this figure and did so by organizing a blood drive on February 6 in collaboration with Héma-Québec. To make their event a success, Justine Veilleux and Sabryna Laroche, the two students in charge of the project, had already begun their preparations the previous October. They had no time to lose as they needed to build a team of volunteers, plan the logistics, develop a communications plan and start raising awareness in their community of the importance of blood donation. And everything was in place when the big day finally arrived and, thanks to the sustained efforts of the entire team of student volunteers, a total of 191 people gave blood.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Marc-André Labelle

A sports and recreation technician committed to fostering academic success through sport

When he started working at Mont-Bleu high school 12 years ago, Marc-André Labelle set himself the goal of giving as many students as possible the opportunity to join a sports team. This is because he believes that students who are happy and proud to practice a sport will remain in school and succeed in their studies. Over the years, the sports and recreation technician has managed to increase the number of sports teams from 9 to 27, with a total of almost 400 student members every year. These teams, which go by the name of the Panthères, have been so successful at the regional level that a mini-Panthères program is beginning to take shape at elementary schools. And because Marc-André would never dream of letting a lack of finances prevent students from representing their school at competitions, he is always ready and willing to coordinate a fund-raising campaign or appeal to his contacts to secure sponsorships and grants.


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ESGVert

Students committed to raising awareness among all students and staff of the importance of reducing their ecological footprint

“And what if we decided to take environmental protection into our own hands?” It must have been something along these lines that a group of students at Grande-Rivière high school said to themselves when they decided to join forces to set up the ESGVert committee, whose goal is to propose, implement and oversee numerous green actions. Whether it’s by restoring an abandoned greenhouse to supply vegetables to the student coffee shop, orchestrating an energy and water consumption awareness campaign, advocating the installation of two water fountains adapted for refilling bottles or developing a tree planting project for the school grounds, the ESGVert committee has amply proved its worth and its ability to bring about change. Irrespective of the type of activity, the committee has set itself the goal of raising awareness among all students and staff of the importance of reducing their ecological footprint.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Samuel Asselin-Laflamme

A student committed to accepting his differences and fulfilling his dream of graduating from high school

Samuel Asselin-Laflamme, who has an autism spectrum disorder, has always been an easy target for teasing since elementary school and things didn’t get any easier when he started secondary school. But the student at Grande-Rivière high school has one sole objective: to get his diploma. Over the years, by being very well organized, by attending remedial classes and by dint of sheer perseverance, he improved his grades, managed to pass his core subjects and was finally transferred from the special education path to the regular program in Secondary 5. For a student like Samuel, this is an amazing feat. During this genuinely steep slope, he learned to accept himself as he was, and to accept that others didn’t always understand him. This is why, whenever he has the opportunity, like with the manga club and the Amnesty International club, he explains his disorder, builds relationships and manages to earn the respect of his peers.


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Lena Côté

A student committed to carrying out various projects to fully develop her potential and become an engaged citizen despite her limitations

Lena Côté arrived from Russia at the age of two in the arms of her adoptive parents from Québec and at the time already showed signs of development disabilities. At school, these disorders led to increasingly significant delays. However, despite her learning and language disabilities, Lena has never felt like giving up. In high school, the young women adopted a “can do” attitude, began getting involved and even went so far as to successfully undertake work experience placements. Stubbornly determined to overcome her pet peeves, namely French and Maths, the Sainte-Famille/aux Trois-Chemins high school student also surprised many by taking part in a cooperation project in Haiti, joining the school theatre troupe and helping to organize various school outings, all of which proved to everyone that she could take her rightful place.


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Élodie Boucher

A student committed to overcoming her shyness and health issues in order to start enjoying school again

Élodie Boucher was once a low-profile, shy teenager who never wanted to stand out, preferring instead to sit on the sidelines rather than take part in activities. Then, one day, despite irregular school attendance due to severe and recurrent migraines that made her fall behind in her studies, she yielded to the temptation of experiencing the joys of extracurricular activities, which in turn soon rekindled her perseverance in her academic work. One thing led to another and she joined both the Brigade NOEL, a group that organizes theme weeks, and the Solidarité committee that raises awareness of environmental issues among students. In doing so, Élodie became more open to others and made new friends. And thanks to their help and support, she has now caught up in her schoolwork, has significantly improved her grades in several subjects, has built her self-confidence and has renewed optimism towards life.


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Outaouais

2017-06-26



FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Jeanne Rieux

A student committed to turning a blind eye to her own limitations in order to reach her full potential and do good in her community

If anyone thinks a visual impairment and dysphasia could ever stop Jeanne Rieux from reaching her full potential, they are undoubtedly underestimating this student at Sainte-Famille/aux Trois-Chemins high school. With her great strength of character, Jeanne seizes every opportunity to put her skills to good use. A humanitarian aid trip to Haiti, a haunted house project in her community, the free school meals service and volunteer work with the elderly, Jeanne consistently seeks to do good wherever she can. Her natural leadership skills have enabled her to move up the ranks in her Cadet Corps and she has consequently been entrusted with more and more responsibilities. It should also be pointed out that she performs exceptionally well at rifle shooting competitions despite her visual impairment, which just goes to show that nothing can stop her!


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Outaouais

2017-06-26

A student committed to making her school a pleasant living environment for everyone

Helping young people develop their open-mindedness and be more accepting of differences, learning to understand others and demystifying certain taboos that affect students are all reasons that allow Valérie Malette to remain motivated and committed to her extracurricular activities at school. This student at Du Versant high school is a founding member and the current president of the Brigade NOEL, a group with which she volunteers as a peer support provider, performing various interventions and organizing theme weeks, and thus helping to make her school a more pleasant environment for everyone. Dynamic and blessed with a strong sense of initiative, she also shows her concern for others through her involvement with the Solidarité committee, which promotes volunteerism in the local community, and which also prompted her to give of her time to Canadian Heritage and the Quebec Cancer Foundation.


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Outaouais

2017-06-26



FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Éric Labonté

A lab technician committed to leaving the environment in a better state

At a high school such as the one in Grande-Rivière, which has 1,850 students and staff members, there are a lot of people who need to be made more aware of environmental issues. And this is exactly the task that lab technician Éric Labonté, who goes by the nickname Mr. Environment, is dedicated to fulfilling and he does so with optimism and conviction. Every day at lunchtime, he goes from one table to the next making sure that proper recycling practices are being respected. But this is just one of his ways of helping because he also never hesitates to sort through waste to ensure that no recyclable materials find their way to the landfill. Moreover, thanks to his endeavours, the school now has a composting system, its recycling bins have been replaced and there are more of them, unwanted school supplies are recovered and redistributed to the needy and students now benefit from organized visits to recycling plants.


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Isabelle Girard

A teacher committed to establishing the winning conditions for enabling students to become more open to the world

When a school is located far from the large urban centres, there are often fewer opportunities to come into contact with new cultures and become more open to the world. This is why Isabelle Girard decided to address this shortfall by setting up projects at Providence/J.M.-Robert high school that enable students to gain a different perspective of their immediate surroundings while learning more about themselves. In addition to overseeing various music projects, including the school Christmas concert and year-end gala, and collaborating on local fundraising events, Isabelle set up the Club des passions, a club that allows students to host workshops on subjects they feel passionate about like robotics, mechanics and dance. Her ambition is simple: she wants to see her students’ faces light up with pride when they become aware of their personal potential and all the possibilities the world has to offer.


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Sylvie Paul

A development officer committed to convincing business leaders that they can help students succeed at school

For the past 10 years, Sylvie Paul has been moving heaven and earth every year in order to find stimulating work experience for approximately 120 students who are often labelled as potential dropouts because of their academic difficulties. Armed with her legendary determination, this development officer at Sainte-Famille/aux Trois-Chemins high school travels the area to meet with business leaders and try to convince them to put their trust in her students, take them on and thus contribute to their academic success. She also spends time with her students, learns to get to know them, pinpoints their areas of interest and forges ties with their families, all of which helps her to pair students with the type of placement that will be most beneficial to them. Offering her students support at all times, she has become a genuine source of inspiration and a true role model of perseverance.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Simon Beaudoin

Un élève engagé à viser l’intégration plutôt que l’exclusion

Devant faire sa place tout en vivant avec un trouble du spectre de l’autisme, Simon Beaudoin a toujours visé l’intégration plutôt que l’exclusion. À son arrivée à l’école secondaire Cité étudiante de la Haute-Gatineau, il a refusé de bénéficier d’un accompagnement personnalisé, préférant aller au-devant des autres pour gagner leur amitié et leur respect, chose qu’il est arrivé à réaliser malgré les difficultés initiales. Puis, souhaitant aussi voler de ses propres ailes sur le plan scolaire, il a dû mettre les bouchées doubles et développer une éthique de travail très rigoureuse pour poursuivre ses apprentissages. Aujourd’hui en 4e secondaire, il gagne quotidiennement en confiance et est même parvenu à dompter sa bête noire : les mathématiques. Cette assurance nouvelle lui a également permis de se faire remarquer lors de sa participation à la finale locale de Secondaire en spectacle.


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Groupe d’entraide ESSC

Des élèves engagés à instaurer un climat de confiance et d’entraide favorisant la résolution de problématiques


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Dominique Bomans

Une enseignante engagée à éveiller l’identité des jeunes par des activités culturelles et sportives


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Audrey Grenier

Une élève engagée à ne jamais laisser ses difficultés d’apprentissage et la maladie prendre le dessus sur sa réussite scolaire

Pendant que d’autres élèves profitaient des activités sportives ou culturelles offertes à l’école, Audrey Grenier se consacrait plutôt à des séances d’orthopédagogie et à des cours de rattrapage. Après avoir obtenu un diagnostic de dyslexie et de dysorthographie dès son primaire, l’adolescente a été frappée par la maladie en juillet 2015. Depuis, des douleurs permanentes liées à un kyste ovarien, des stases stercorales et des inflammations à l’estomac et à l’œsophage l’ont empêchée de dormir une seule nuit entière. Pourtant, malgré ses absences répétées à l’école secondaire Hormisdas-Gamelin, son état de santé ne lui a jamais servi d’excuse pour justifier un retard scolaire. Bien au contraire, sa persévérance naturelle la pousse à aller chercher de l’aide auprès de ses enseignants et de ses amis. Résultat? Elle parvient à maintenir des notes au-dessus de la moyenne dans plusieurs matières.


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Marie-Andrée Laganière

Une élève engagée à déployer tous les efforts possibles afin d’apaiser les douleurs et les inégalités

Pas plus haute que trois pommes, Marie-Andrée Laganière rêvait déjà de partir à l’étranger pour travailler dans un orphelinat et contribuer à améliorer le monde. Comme il lui a fallu attendre de grandir, c’est à l’été 2014 que l’élève au Programme d’éducation internationale de l’école secondaire de l’Île a pu passer à l’action en organisant un voyage de coopération au Sénégal. Parvenue avec une amie à amasser les 10 000 $ nécessaires au voyage, elle a en plus réussi à faire un don à un orphelinat local et à financer l’achat de matériel médical. Se disant passionnée par l’humain, elle a mis sur pied, en mémoire de sa grande amie Flavie récemment décédée du cancer, une vaste collecte de sang. Grâce à deux participations au Relais pour la vie de la Société canadienne du cancer, elle avait auparavant contribué à recueillir plus de 18 000 $.


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Gislain Mba Natadjom

Un enseignant engagé à convaincre ses élèves de devenir les moteurs de leur propre réussite

Benjamin d’une famille camerounaise de cinq enfants, Gislain Mba Natadjom a compris très jeune qu’il fallait de la volonté et de la détermination pour atteindre ses rêves. Devenu, à force de labeur, enseignant et responsable du département de mathématiques d’une école de 900 élèves dans son pays natal, c’est le désir de relever de nouveaux défis qui l’a ensuite amené à s’établir au Québec. Aujourd’hui, au sein de l’école secondaire de Gracefield, il se donne la mission de convaincre ses élèves qu’ils sont les artisans de leur propre succès. Pour y parvenir, il utilise ses cours de maths, mais également l’enseignement de la couture en activité parascolaire. Mais c’est surtout en raison de son savoir-être et de son parcours peu banal, que Gislain, en plus de faire la promotion de la tolérance et du respect des différences, parvient à conduire ses élèves sur la route de la réussite.


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Petits Gestes Monde Heureux

Des élèves engagés à réchauffer les cœurs et à rendre la vie plus agréable autour d’eux

Grâce à leur projet Petits Gestes Monde Heureux, des élèves de la Polyvalente de l’Érablière prouvent qu’avec une simple attention, il est possible de générer beaucoup de bonheur. Que ce soit en fabriquant et en remettant un signet de vœux d’anniversaire aux élèves, en distribuant une collation-surprise ou un chocolat chaud lors d’une froide journée d’hiver, en affichant des réflexions sur le bonheur ou en déneigeant les voitures des enseignants à la fin des classes, la douzaine d’élèves à l’origine du projet, vivant par ailleurs tous avec une déficience intellectuelle, ont su au cours des derniers mois réjouir les cœurs des 1000 élèves et 200 membres du personnel de l’école. Par leur engagement volontaire, ils ont contribué à développer la compassion, l’entraide, le respect des différences et l’amitié partout autour d’eux.


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Sébastien Landers

Un élève engagé à surmonter ses troubles de dysorthographie et de dyslexie pour vivre son rêve professionnel

S’il n’est pas rare d’apercevoir Sébastien Landers avec ses écouteurs sur les oreilles, ce n’est pas qu’il souhaite s’isoler des autres, mais plutôt qu’il se concentre sur ses études. Pourquoi? Parce que Sébastien est dysorthographique et dyslexique, ce qui nuit à sa concentration. Mais il en faut plus pour décourager l’élève de l’école secondaire de Gracefield, qui compte bien réussir ses études pour ensuite travailler en mécanique de véhicules légers. Car Sébastien aime les moteurs. En fait, il ne fait pas que les aimer, il vit pour les moteurs. Sa contribution à Expo-Sciences portera sur les voitures téléguidées. Et il s’est même fabriqué un meuble télé à partir de pièces automobiles. Malgré les difficultés, Sébastien ne dévie pas de ses objectifs et fait tous les efforts pour y parvenir, allant même jusqu’à refuser un voyage dans le Sud pour ne pas manquer d’école!


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Charles Henrie

A student committed to tapping into his creativity to offer his fellow students a stimulating school environment

Charles Henrie sees getting involved at school as a means of drawing on his originality and creativity in order to add a touch of colour to the daily lives of his fellow students. He does so, among other things, as a member of the student council at Mont-Bleu high school, helping to set up numerous projects such as the festivities surrounding various theme days, the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge and a multicultural week. Charles is also involved in the Brigade culinaire cooking team that allows him to develop his talents as a cook as well as providing an opportunity to take social action when preparing meals that are donated to community organizations. And because he is always ready and willing to give of his time, he can often be seen, a smile on his face, making posters or hanging up decorations as a way of lending a hand whenever he’s needed.


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