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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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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-01 Karine Lévesque

Karine Lévesque

A teacher committed to fostering environmental awareness among young people

Being a special education teacher at a school with the highest deprivation index most certainly has its challenges. But Karine Lévesque, a teacher at Louis-Joseph-Papineau high school, sees her role as being the perfect opportunity to put her creativity to work in order to help motivate students to learn and guide them towards the path to success. And this creativity has taken many forms including a Green brigade, the Jardins des patriots garden, the Art-terre project, a used clothing shop, the salvaging of school materials and the Croque-livres book project.


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Natalie Rhéaume

An educator committed to exerting a positive influence on the lives of young people in difficulty

Natalie Rhéaume works with the hardest students to teach at Hormisdas-Gamelin high school, those in the special needs program. But it is no coincidence that this challenge, which for many would seem insurmountable, was entrusted to the 38-year-old special needs educator. She simply adores teenagers! As a young girl, she already went by the nickname Mother Teresa because she had this special gift for listening to and helping friends in difficulty at her local youth centre. Today, “Mother Natalie” takes full advantage of her presence, energy and personality to help all the teenagers she works with. She believes that making a difference in the lives of young people is not merely wishful thinking but is instead a genuine mission that she works hard to fulfil on a daily basis. And she has been doing so for the past twenty years.


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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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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-05-13 Maryse Cousineau

Maryse Cousineau

A special education teacher committed to leading young people towards greater acceptance and self-esteem

In order to spend over 30 years working with young people with academic and personal difficulties and still be just as committed to your profession, you definitely need to have a great ability to adapt and strong resilience, to which you need to add a good dose of craziness. This is almost word for word how Maryse Cousineau describes the recipe behind her long career in the field of education. As a special education teacher at Horizon Jeunesse high school working with students with dysphasia, she admits to having a heartfelt dedication to all the young people with whom she shares her daily life year after year.


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Richard Groulx


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

2016-04-22 Bianca Smith

Bianca Smith

An intercultural officer committed to using different ways to help immigrant students integrate into Quebec culture

At De Rochebelle high school, where there are students of over 70 different nationalities and which has welcomed 16 young newly-arrived immigrants since last January, the presence of an intercultural officer like Bianca Smith who, thanks to her creativity, energy and joie de vivre, helps in the integration of all these students and even their families, is highly sought after and beneficial. Between trips to the sugar shack and the winter Carnival, a rally in Old Québec and ice fishing, the music band and informative videos, there is also the guidance she provides from both an academic and a social and cultural perspective. And these are all key factors to the success of her actions!


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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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Julie Falardeau

A teacher committed to guiding students as they discover their interests and skills

Julie Falardeau is a special education teacher at Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau. Her students, aged 15 and 16, face various challenges: intellectual disabilities, dyslexia, dysphasia, behavioural problems, loss of motivation and so forth. Several of them have not managed to pass the sixth year of elementary school. But although her students have diversified needs, Julie has nonetheless succeeded in pinpointing what benefits their development. Thanks to school outings and the various projects she carries out both at school and in the community, the young people she teaches get to know themselves, discover their personal interests and skills and gain self-confidence.


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

2016-03-25 Claude Nadeau

Claude Nadeau

A teacher committed to turning scientific exploration into a fertile ground for learning and discovery for young people

When he was a teenager, there was nothing that would suggest that Claude Nadeau would one day become a science and technology high school teacher. A nature lover with a passion for bird watching, he was more interested in becoming a biologist and pursuing a career studying birds. But oddly enough, it’s because of an allergy to birds that he now spends his time passing on his passion for nature to students at Collège des Compagnons. And it is this passion that promoted him to put together an amazing collection of animal skulls and feet, to farm butterflies, and to manage the photography and robotics clubs. And he does all this in order to foster a love for learning among students.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-03-25 Normand Gosselin

Normand Gosselin

A teacher committed to restoring music education at his school to its former glory

Normand Gosselin is a former student at André-Laurendeau high school who became a professional trumpeter a few years later. However, when he subsequently returned to teach at his high school he was surprised to see just how much student interest in music had declined. He therefore made the wager that he’d redress the situation and launched the Jazzpop music concentration program, set up several extracurricular musical groups, enabled the school to become the host of the youth JazzFest and helps train the next generation of musicians. If what he has accomplished so far is anything to go by, Normand Gosselin can definitely say he’s won his wager!


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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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Lyne Thériault

A counsellor committed to promoting academic perseverance by making the school a stimulating environment for all students

What is the objective pursued by Lyne Thériault, the Bouffée d’oxygène (BO2) program facilitator at Sainte-Famille/Aux Trois-Chemins high school? To promote academic perseverance. How? By making her school a stimulating and inspiring living environment. Very dedicated to young people, Lyne organizes and hosts a wide range of school activities. Ukulele lessons, the humanitarian trip to Haiti, the construction of a haunted house at Halloween, cooking classes, and the list goes on. At lunch hour, at recess and after school, she uses her boundless imagination and enthusiasm to make students want to come into school day after day.


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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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Véronique Lizotte

An administrative secretary committed to giving students a taste for pushing back their limits

Véronique Lizotte is an administrative secretary at Mont-Bleu high school. As well as being fully committed to her work, she plays a role for students and members of staff alike that goes well beyond the call of duty. She is steadfastly involved with the school’s young athletes, among other things as the coordinator of fund-raising campaigns for the Mont-Bleu Panthères team, and she also helps with recruitment, organizes the matches and serves as the resource person for sponsors. This cheerful, committed woman gets involved for young people because she believes in them. It’s as simple as that.


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

2016-02-26 Caroline Gagné

Caroline Gagné

To see a student double their overall grade average in mathematics from in one single semester, to make a teenager understand the impact of their marks in history on their chances of getting into the college program they hope to pursue and to see that class attendance has increased for a number of students are all examples that perfectly illustrate the effect Caroline Gagné, a guidance counsellor at Joseph-François-Perrault high school, seeks to have on the academic motivation of the young people she meets. To create a spark, to be a catalyst and motivator, is what she strives to do on a daily basis!


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-02-26 Pierre-Luc Michel

Pierre-Luc Michel

A special needs teacher committed to using sports to break down the isolation of students experiencing academic and behavioural difficulties

With his turbulent childhood and a severe attention deficit disorder, Pierre-Luc Michel had all the makings of a student who would end up dropping out of school when he was a teenager. Luckily, sports and a few significant people in his life came to the rescue. Today he’s a special needs teacher at Gérard-Fillion high school and uses sports to build ties with young people in difficulty and pass it forward. Whether it’s by setting up a dodgeball league or organizing combat techniques and Olympic wrestling activities, he has found a way to in turn make a difference in the often bumpy lives of many young people.


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

2016-01-25 Martin Thibault

Martin Thibault

A teacher committed to convincing young people that they have control over their choices and their success

Ask anyone who knows Martin Thibault what first springs to mind when they think of this physical education teacher at Jean-de-Brébeuf high school and they’ll unhesitatingly say basketball. A talented player as a teenager, a coach for 25 years and the man in charge of the Jean-de-Brébeuf basketball program, his passion for the sport prompted him to become a teacher. A passion he draws on every day in order to favour school retention among boys, help them experience success, prepare them to become responsible citizens and convince them that ultimately they have control over their choices and their success.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-29 Guy Labelle

Guy Labelle

A teacher committed to promoting sports and volunteering among young people to help them become accomplished and committed citizens

Participating in an ultramarathon certainly requires a great deal of perseverance, excellent physical stamina, strong resilience and steely determination. And of course Guy Labelle draws on all these qualities when he undertakes this type of race. But he also uses them when he assumes his role of physical education teacher at Dorval-Jean-XXIII high school. Because it is by adopting this ultramarathon runner attitude and giving generously of his time day after day that he guides, coaches and encourages the hundreds of students who take part in sports activities.


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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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Benoît Tolszczuk

A counsellor committed to building a sense of belonging and promoting the talents of young people

Benoit Tolszczuk has been encouraging young people at De l’Île high school to get involved for more than 20 years now. He has contributed, over the years, to the development of three educational projects and the implementation of a wide range of initiatives aimed at mobilizing young people, including activities to facilitate the transition from elementary to secondary school and a gala in recognition of extracurricular life, to name but a few. Every day, this spiritual life and community involvement counsellor strives, in all of his actions, to help students achieve their full potential, actions that help in a concrete manner to boost their sense of belonging.


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

2016-01-08 Marie-Ève Chevarie

Marie-Ève Chevarie

A remedial teacher committed to convincing students with learning difficulties that they too can attain success

Helping a student performing in the Secondaire en spectacle show to rehearse and build their self-confidence, lending a hand to another student who’s giving a talk on drug abuse and supporting yet another in their grieving process following the death of their best friend: these are the kind of gestures that are part and parcel of everyday life for Marie-Ève Chevarie, a remedial teacher at Collège des Hauts Sommets. These activities combined with the many hours she spends providing educational support allow her to forge all types of helping relationships and contribute directly to the success of the young people she works with on a daily basis.


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