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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-06-03 Victoria Dupont

Victoria Dupont

A student committed to becoming the successful and committed young woman she was before her sporting incident

Victoria Dupont, a brilliant student at Collège Jean de la Mennais, involved in many projects, and a determined and strong-willed athlete, had everything going for her until 23 August 2015, the day she was violently hit squarely in the face by a soccer ball, turning her life upside down. This is the reason why Victoria had to put everything on hold just as she was entering her last year of high school and learn to live with painful and relentless headaches. But despite all this, and although she has not yet fully recovered, thanks to her positive attitude and perseverance, she has managed to catch up in her school work and can now focus on successfully graduating from high school.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
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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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Sarah Martineau

A student committed to taking a step back in order to make better progress

Although Sarah Martineau, a Secondary 5 student at Des Lacs high school, now has an overall grade average of around 78%, this has not always been the case. When she began high school, Sarah was struggling so much academically that she almost dropped out. When she found out in Secondary 4 that she had been put back a year, Sarah decided that enough was enough. Refusing to be “left behind,” she at last agreed to use the means at her disposal in order to succeed: remedial courses at lunch hour, a personal computer and private tuition at home. Today her grades are impressive and she’s even thinking about studying law!


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

2016-05-06 Naomi Labbé

Naomi Labbé

A student committed to tackling every new challenge in life now that she has gained control of her body

Up until the spring of 2011, Naomi Labbé attended school for the purpose of socialization rather than learning. Because prior to that, she had been kept captive in her own body, unable to speak, confined to a wheelchair and compelled to wear a girdle and chin strap to support her body due to an insidious illness. New medication was what finally enabled Naomi to awaken to the joys of life, take control of her body and begin to live a normal life. Now, at the age of 19, she is on the verge of graduating from Du Plateau high school and dreams of becoming a special needs teacher.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-05-06 Mohamed-Ali Taleb

Mohamed-Ali Taleb

A student committed to better controlling his physical problems and taking the path to success

When Mohamed-Ali Taleb started kindergarten, he hadn’t even begun to talk due to a severe language disorder. It was only around the age of 6 that things started to come together for him. Then, over the years, with the help of numerous speech therapists, remedial teachers, occupational therapists and special needs teachers, and thanks to extremely determined parents, Mohamed-Ali made up for lost time, has taken his rightful place despite his disability and is now among the students who are doing very well at school. With all the headway he’s made, this Secondary 2 student at Saint-Laurent high school has every reason to be proud of himself.


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

2016-04-08 Anne-Sophie Robinson

Anne-Sophie Robinson

A student committed to giving the best of herself in order to overcome the problems linked to her dyslexia and dysorthographia

Knowing that you’re different isn’t easy for anyone. It’s probably even harder when you come to terms with this when you’re about to make the great leap towards adolescence and the transition from elementary to high school. But when you've got great strength of character, when you’re ready to do anything to meet the challenges and push back your limits, all issues become easier to tackle. This is how 13-year-old Anne-Sophie Robinson, a Secondary 1 student with dyslexia and dysorthographia at Le Bois-Vivant high school in New Richmond in the Gaspé, decided to accept her differences and move forward with her life.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-04-08 Angie Di Tomasso-Perry

Angie Di Tomasso-Perry

A student committed to going back to school to regain control of her destiny and get off the street

Even as a young girl, Angie Di Tomasso-Perry felt she was different from others, somewhat on the fringe. She was reluctant to conform to the subway-school-sleep model she believed was imposed on all young people. She relished her freedom, an attitude which, when combined with a few other problems, led her straight to a youth shelter and then onto the streets. This was the life she thought she cherished until one morning in March 2015 when she said to herself that this just couldn't go on. She called the youth centre, returned there of her own free will and resumed her studies. Today, Angie is convinced that the only way she’ll find true freedom is through school.


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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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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Arianne Côté

A student committed to becoming a pharmacist to help others cope with illness

Arianne Côté, a Secondary 4 student at Grande-Rivière high school, is a true survivor. At the age of 11 she was diagnosed with cancer. Intensive treatments, hospital stays, side effects and fatigue were and still are everyday facts of life for Arianne, who is now 16 years old. But even at the height of the storm, Arianne always refused to give up or back down. She worked tirelessly and found the energy to study, both in hospital and at home. So much so that she managed not to fall behind and returned to school in Secondary 2 despite missing nearly a year and a half. Her personal motto: to move forward, without looking back, and stay focused on your dreams.


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

2016-03-11 Maude Levasseur

Maude Levasseur

A student committed to putting a stop to her anxiety and panic attacks in order to regain control of her life

Although most people can easily manage stressful situations, for some they can be a real nightmare. This is the case for Maude Levasseur, a student at Neufchâtel high school, who has had to deal with different types of anxiety since childhood. For her, merely getting 80% on a test was unacceptable and would lead to panic attacks and thoughts of doom, a combination that ended up with her needing to be hospitalized. Today, although the struggle she faces is an everyday one, she is better able to restrain her attacks and is regaining control of her life and her success.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-03-11 Louis-Philippe Lachaine

Louis-Philippe Lachaine

A student committed to doing away with his chronic absenteeism problem and finding academic motivation

There are people who enjoy collecting stamps, for others it might be butterflies or hockey cards or coins or works of art. Louis-Philippe Lachaine, somewhat unwittingly, used to collect academic failures. This began in elementary school and then gained momentum in high school. Why? Because of chronic absenteeism and a complete lack of commitment. Things were far from improving until the day the Gérard-Filion high school student realized that life could seem to drag on and on if you didn’t have goals. Since that realization, he has come up with many projects for himself! He has also improved his grades and is now enthusiastic about the future.


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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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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Crystel Giroux-Malette

A student committed to serving as a role model of perseverance for her classmates

Crystel Giroux-Malette, a student at Hormisdas-Gamelin high school, is the very image of perseverance. Despite severe learning disabilities, especially in mathematics, she managed to make a giant leap forward, successfully completing from Grade 6 to Secondary 3 maths, all in just one year. After failing in the subject two years in a row, Crystel obtained a grade of 73% and has continued to shine ever since! In fact, this year she completed the first part of the school year with a mark of 82%, and this in a subject she had previously struggled with so much. Better yet, Crystel has now become a role model of success in her class and a glowing example for other students.


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

2016-02-12 Stéphanie Bovet

Stéphanie Bovet

A student committed to taking her rightful place by going beyond her limitations

Stéphanie Bovet is an enthusiastic and cheerful teenager with generally above average grades. She is known by all for her numerous implications in student life and gives every appearance of a student who takes full advantage of everything life has to offer. But very few people know about all the hoops this Secondary 5 student at Séminaire Saint-François has to jump through, because she suffers from cerebral palsy, just to keep up the pace. However, regardless of the hours and hours she spends studying, it’s her passion for the performing arts that helps her surmount the moments of doubt and discouragement.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-02-12 Justin Frappier

Justin Frappier

A student committed to forgetting about being judged by others and focusing on achieving his full potential

There are many people who refrain from taking a stand for fear of what others may think of them. Because of his moderate language disorder, dyslexia and dysorthographia, for a long time Justin Frappier was the type of person who took refuge in inaction for fear of being judged. But ever since he decided to break down his personal barriers, he just can’t seem to do enough. As the founder of the Comité vert student coop, a speaker on the importance of staying in school and a member of the robotics club, the Secondary 2 student in the special education program at Cavelier-De LaSalle high school stands out for his self-confidence and progress.


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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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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Raphaël Beaudoin

A student committed to accepting the help he is offered in order to achieve his full potential

Raphaël Beaudoin has had learning difficulties from as far back as he can remember. He used to feel like an outcast and had very low self-esteem. In Secondary 3, he failed a grade and had to repeat his school year. After insisting on continuing in the regular program, Raphaël came to realise the true importance of succeeding at school and of seizing every opportunity to receive help at Cité étudiante de la Haute-Gatineau high school. Since then, Raphaël has been working twice as hard and has been gaining more and more confidence in himself. The Secondary 5 student now feels ready to begin college, his gateway to the legal studies he aspires to pursue.


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

2016-01-15 Michaël Larivière

Michaël Larivière

A student committed to fully embracing his passion for theatre and singing despite challenges and illness

Were you to ask students in the special education program at Louis-Jacques-Casault high school about the people who inspire them the most, many would no doubt mention their classmate Michaël Larivière. This is because, despite a mild intellectual disability that causes learning disabilities and the recent announcement that he has leukaemia, 19-year-old Michaël embodies the very spirit of perseverance, resilience and personal excellence. Elected as class president, he has a passion for theatre, writing and singing and lives from day to day helping all those around him while dreaming of one day founding his own theatre troupe.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
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
Sunobar Asifi

A student committed to proving that visually impaired people can be just as successful as anyone else

Sunobar Asifi is an outstanding role model of integration and perseverance at Mont-Bleu high school. Born in Afghanistan, where she received very little education, Sunobar arrived in Canada just two and a half years ago with everything to learn. And then of course, because she was born with a visual impairment, her daily life also comes with its fair share of challenges. But listening to her speak today, it almost seems as though she’s spoken French all her life. And when you look at her, it’s impossible not to be amazed by her steadfast determination and her incredible strength of character that push her to do her utmost to raise awareness about the visually impaired.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-11 Gabriel Diotte

Gabriel Diotte

A student committed to following his dreams despite his illness

There are many young boys who dream of playing in the National Hockey League. However, with Gabriel Diotte, a Secondary 3 student at André-Laurendeau high school with a passion for hockey, it’s a whole different story. For Gabriel, who suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that has led to several other health issues including a benign brain tumour, an optic nerve glioma, congenital arthrosis of the tibia and fibula, learning disabilities and language problems, the dream is of a completely different nature: he wants to graduate from high school, become an electrician and simply be able to put on a pair of skates again. And he’s doing everything he can to fulfil this dream!


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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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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Nathaniel Huot-Lavoie

A student committed to doing well in school to become a paramedic and help others

It’s not always easy to get top grades at school when you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia and dysorthographia. But Nathaniel Huot-Lavoie nonetheless decided to strive for success. The 18-year-old Secondary 4 student at Sacré-Cœur elementary and high school admits that he’s had to work extra hard. In elementary school, he was in a special needs class and in high school he joined the individualized learning program. However, three years ago he achieved something that very few students have accomplished: he succeeded in switching from the special needs to the regular program. His secret? He bravely asked for help and accepted to work twice and even three times as hard in order to make his dream of being a paramedic a reality.


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

2016-01-01 Alexis Landry

Alexis Landry

A student committed to turning his daily struggle with drug addiction and learning disabilities into a source of achievement and motivation

Alexis Landry was only in sixth grade when he smoked his first joint. Spurred on by friends who were older than him, he saw it as a means of imposing himself, making a name for himself and rebelling against the taunts and low self-esteem stemming from severe learning disabilities. The downward spiral then began to intensify until he finally hit rock bottom. Today, Alexis is in Secondary 5 at Collège des Hauts Sommets and has regained control of his life. He has been drug-free for 18 months and strives on a daily basis to move forward, has become more open to others, is successful in his studies, does volunteer work and is now seen as a role model of perseverance.


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