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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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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Yannick Harvey

Yannick Harvey

A teacher committed to providing students with opportunities to build their self-esteem and sense of pride

There is always an electrifying atmosphere in the workshop where Yannick Harvey teaches woodworking at Jean-Gauthier high school. Students – several of whom have learning disabilities – head there not only to attend classes but also to build their self-esteem. What’s more, it is a place that allows them to prepare in order to confidently begin their adult life with the added bonus of having acquired work experience. To bring their projects to life, Yannick went to great lengths to find less expensive wood and a local company has agreed to supply the class with an annual contribution of $10,000 in wood. Furniture, stage sets, billboards, repairs to school furniture, the projects are both wide ranging and educational. In addition to his teaching workload, Yannick is always ready and willing to lend a hand during special activities, among other things by accompanying students on school outings. He is the type of teacher that young people can always rely on for support in their personal development.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Martin Gagné

Martin Gagné

A teacher committed to promoting physical activity

“A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Martin Gagné lives by this adage every day. The teacher firmly believes that physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits provide a solid basis on which young people can build their future. To encourage them to become more active, he established the Cyclones, a running club with around fifteen members. Moreover, every year, he pursues the ambitious target of inspiring ten students in each of his ten groups to develop a taste for physical activity, which translates into a total of one hundred young and healthy people. And he can say mission accomplished because, thanks to his encouragement, no fewer than 300 students have started going to the fitness room. And Martin pursues these same goals outside the school walls. He is the assistant coach for the Marquis de Jonquière team and every year accompanies young people on their 250-km circuit of the lake during the Tour du lac event.  Martin Gagné has made being healthy and finding equilibrium through physical activity a way of life.


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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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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Ginette Mailloux

Ginette Mailloux

A teacher committed to helping young people progress through dedication and by setting an example

Ginette Mailloux, a mathematics teacher, doesn’t like being inactive and believes that getting involved is a way of investing in the future. Preparing pancakes, chocolate fondue or breakfast for the entire school, participating in fundraising campaigns to support student initiatives, accompanying students on trips to Toronto, Washington, New York or Boston and, as coordinator of the school prom, helping less fortunate students find an outfit for this important event are all ways in which she makes a positive impact on the lives of others. “If everyone gives the best of themselves, you can move mountains with a teaspoon,” she says. And she does this every day while encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. Involved in a thousand and one projects, this mother of five truly makes a difference and expects nothing in return apart from a smile or deep sigh of contentment and pride.


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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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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Josée Plourde

Josée Plourde

A school organization technician committed to encouraging young people to follow their dreams

Josée Plourde, a school organization technician at Camille-Lavoie high school, firmly believes that everyone should have the chance to fulfil their dreams. And because everybody needs to have faith and be encouraged in their ambitions, she gives of her time to students. A gifted singer, musician and artist, she willingly participates in concerts and festivals as well as hosting various school events such as the Meritas galas. Josée is also physically active: she gives spinning classes for her colleagues, takes part in the biking tour of the lake and is manager of the 2017 Jeux du Québec site, inspiring others to follow her lead in their quest for personal excellence. And in a desire to step out of her comfort zone, she participated in the Roses des sables rally which proved to be quite a challenge, both in terms of securing funding – $25,000 in just one year –, and while she was there, in the desert. She came back a completely different person, more convinced than ever that she wanted to help young people follow their dreams.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12

A teacher committed to making his school a pleasant and rewarding living environment for all

The classes given by Simon Villeneuve, a teacher in the work-oriented training program at Fréchette high school, are a school of life for students. He pilots an unending succession of projects and activities aimed at giving students with special needs the opportunity to enjoy different experiences as a group and develop skills that will be valuable throughout their adult lives. These skills include leadership, self-knowledge and communication, all of which will help them become independent, well-rounded and fulfilled adults. The discovery and outdoors activities enable them to try out kayaking, hiking and ice climbing, while the community-based ones enable them to carry out projects that help improve the well-being of their fellow citizens. And there’s also the home economics activities like cooking, budgeting and various responsibilities. Simon provides them with something of key importance: the chance to make headway in life with assurance and aplomb.


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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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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Patricia Gauthier

Patricia Gauthier

A teacher committed to introducing music to students from all backgrounds

Music is an integral part of Patricia Gauthier’s daily life. The music teacher is well known in high schools across the Dolbeau-Mistassini area for her ability to adjust her teaching methods according to the needs of each individual student, from the beginners to advanced. In a disadvantaged area, where many young people have to cope with learning disabilities, her knack for passing on her passion for music is such that many students decide to keep at it, a fact reflected in the number of students who sign up again for classes even though it’s a discipline requiring constant effort. A number of her students have taken part in television competitions, theatrical productions, book writing and various other artistic projects and what they all have in common is that they discovered their passions thanks to her. Dolbeau-Mistassini is said to be a “hotbed of artists” and those who attended Patricia Gauthier’s classes stand out for their quest for excellence and their professionalism.


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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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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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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Audrey Dunn

Audrey Dunn

A teacher committed to enabling students to discover their own individuality and thrive through dance

Through her passion for dance and teaching, Audrey Dunn has succeeded, in a period of only a few years, to not only impressively increase the scope of the dance program at Cavelier-De LaSalle high school, but also enable it to gain the esteem and recognition it deserves in the eyes of everyone. Audrey is an inexhaustible source of motivation and outdoes herself in creativity when it comes to suggesting stimulating and rallying projects for her students. Whether it’s through the “Dieux de la danse Cavelier”, “La danse du NOUS” and “La danse du respect” projects, the graduating class’s Flashmob or the creation of choreographies for open house events and performances when touring elementary schools, Audrey Dunn tirelessly strives to get as many students involved as possible while promoting fairness and an openness to others. Her steadfast mission is to enable her students to grow through dance!


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Sylvie Blanchet

Sylvie Blanchet

A teacher committed to encouraging her students to reach their true potential in terms of artistic expression and ecological commitment

Sylvie Blanchet had been a dance teacher at Saint-Louis college for many years now and has seen hundreds and hundreds of students pass through her classroom. In a desire to help each and every one of them experience the joys of being fully committed and discover their true potential through dance, she has set up a thousand and one different projects. For the past few years, she has also been using her leadership skills and devoting time and energy to the green committee’s “Les Semelles vertes” activity. The activity she helped set up now has eight subcommittees and 180 student volunteers who carry out various projects, such as the creation of an environmental mural, the installation of spouts for refilling sustainable bottles on all the school water fountains, and activities that aim to reduce food waste. Sylvie’s message is simple: to bring about change, all you have to do is believe.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Mathieu Chénier

Mathieu Chénier

A teacher committed to passing on a culture of excellence to his student athletes

Mathieu Chénier, a physical education teacher at Saint-Laurent high school, sees sport as a source of motivation for academic success. He believes so strongly in this that he shows up at school every morning at 7 to unlock the doors to the gym so students can practice or play sports before class. As the basketball coach and the person in charge of school supervision, he also has the chance to pass on to students the values of commitment and personal excellence, both in sports and their studies. Since academic success is not always a given for some student athletes, by advocating a culture of excellence, Mathieu manages to turn things around. And when the low income of certain families proves to be an obstacle, he organizes fundraising activities to make sure every student is given a chance.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Isabelle Chiasson

Isabelle Chiasson

A special education technician committed to using sport to keep young people in school

When Isabelle Chiasson started working at Dorval-Jean XXIII high school four years ago as a special education technician, she wanted to get involved with students in a meaningful way. As an avid basketball player, she noticed that the program and teams needed a little spark so she decided to turn her favourite sport into a motivational tool. Her goal was simple: to give student athletes who play basketball at school, most of whom are from underprivileged backgrounds, the opportunity to adopt a sports-studies mind set, and want to stay in school and get their diploma. With her passion for young people, energy and persistency, Isabelle successfully converts losses into gains, enabling her team to win the championships as well as increasing the number of school sports teams. But more importantly, thanks to her leadership, she has put her athletes back on the road to success and self-esteem.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28

Mohamed Aliba

A sports coordinator committed to fostering a love of learning and accountability among students

Mohamed Aliba believes that it is vital to take an interest in students if we want them to succeed and he is one of those people who knows the importance of having a 360-degree view of teaching. All Mohamed’s colleagues agree that this sports coordinator at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont high school has significantly helped improve the overall atmosphere at school since he started working there four years ago. Among other things, the number of sports teams has risen from 7 to 18, enabling more than a third of students to practice sports. But it is also thanks to his dedication that a sports committee was set up, as well as the Persévérance-Engagement-Plein air and Nuit du cinema projects. Through his compassion and leadership, he helps young people adopt a healthy lifestyle, develop a love of learning, become more responsible and persevere in order to be better prepared for the future.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Carole Dupuis

Carole Dupuis

A teacher committed to finding work placements for all her students to help get them off to a good start

Carole Dupuis has been a special education teacher for 25 years now and has always strived towards the same goal, that of making sure every student has the opportunity to get their working life off to a good start. To attain this goal at Horizon-Jeunesse high school where she teaches young people with severe language disorders, Carole develops ties with numerous partners so that her students can obtain work placements and also scours the region hunting for future jobs for them. She helps students prepare for their interviews, accompanies them when needed and liaises with their family, putting her heart and soul into everything she does to support the development of her students. When it’s deemed necessary, she attends the interviews to reassure a potential employer, promote the skills of the future employee and make sure that any taboos are broken.


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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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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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Dominique Bomans

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


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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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