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

2017-07-12 Charles Gagnon

Charles Gagnon

A student committed to overcoming his language disability by making continuous efforts

Communicating is a challenge for Charles Gagnon because he suffers from severe dysphasia, a language disorder that affects his ability to express himself. This student at XXX high school has to make continuous efforts in order to succeed: he works relentlessly, attends remedial classes and uses the homework assistance services. And his hard work paid off because when he began high school, Charles was assigned an education plan with modified expectations but in just one year he exceeded the expectations and rejoined the regular program. What’s more, he raised the bar for himself by enrolling in a program focusing on computer science which involves voice recording assignments. After successfully completing Secondary 4, the doors will be wide open for him to make his dreams a reality: to take a heavy equipment mechanics course, obtain his Class 1 driver’s licence, drive heavy vehicles and pursue training in tree felling and wood processing.


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

2017-07-12 Maude-Sophie Villeneuve

Maude-Sophie Villeneuve

A student committed to pursuing her passions and creating the winning conditions for fulfilling her dreams

Maude-Sophie Villeneuve’s path was once fraught with setbacks but the student at Jean-Dolbeau high school learned from the experience that she needed to tackle adversity head on. After two years in the special education program due to an attention deficit disorder as well as severe dyslexia and dysorthographia, she joined the regular program, a remarkable feat she accomplished by rolling up her sleeves. But in May 2015, at the age of only 15 Maude-Sophie was struck by illness and diagnosed with cancer. After spending weeks in hospital, she returned to school only to suffer yet another setback in September when a relapse forced her to put her studies on hold. When she finally went back to school, this future administrative technician fully applied herself to her studies and got involved in numerous projects including artwork, the community kitchen and woodworking. She is also honorary co-president of the Héma-Québec blood drive at her school, a role that holds special meaning and that she assumes with pride.


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

2017-07-12 Anabelle Dubé

Anabelle Dubé

A student committed to doing well in school despite difficult personal circumstances

Life has not been kind to Anabelle Dubé. Very early on, this graduate at Cité étudiante had to take on the kind of responsibilities that people her age rarely need to assume. When she began high school, she started working in the cafeteria to help ease the financial burden on her family and had to assist her brothers with their homework, help her parents had difficulty providing. Yet despite her difficult family circumstances coupled with painful bullying episodes that made entering high school very distressing, Anabelle chose to persevere. She spoke openly about her circumstances with the school principal, attended remedial sessions, asked for help when she needed it, surrounded herself with positive friends and worked relentlessly, and she did all this while holding down a job. The young girl who used to be bullied and struggled at school has now become a student involved in all kinds of projects: the yearbook, school canteen and school foundation. A perfect example of resilience!


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

2017-07-12 Mathieu Tremblay

Mathieu Tremblay

A student committed to not letting his physical disability define his life

Mathieu Tremblay has had to show tremendous resilience since birth. Born with a spinal cord disability that makes it complicated for him to get around as well as suffering from partial deafness, this student in the integrated arts program with a specialization in music at Normandin high school refuses to let his disability become a barrier. While doctors doubted he would ever be able to walk, strong-willed Mathieu took his first steps at the age of three. Although he knew playing hockey was not an option, he discovered sledge skating, baseball and dek hockey. He also excels at table tennis and has competed against Olympic-calibre athletes, and was even named Athlete with a Disability of the Year at the regional sports awards gala. Similarly, his deafness hasn’t prevented him from playing the violin and trumpet. With his impeccable grades, lasting friendships and amazing resilience, Mathieu is a source of inspiration for everyone who crosses his path.


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

2017-07-12 Alan Tremblay

Alan Tremblay

A student committed to rising above Asperger’s Syndrome and fulfilling his dreams

Alan Tremblay, a graduate at Jean-Gauthier high school, suffers from high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition that could easily have jeopardized his social interactions. But he has managed to come out of his shell and is about to complete his high school studies with impeccable grades. How? By working hard, attending remedial classes, building on his strengths, namely his sense of responsibility, and through perseverance and a keen work ethic. His dream is to become a security officer and he already scrupulously applies the rules of forest survival taught in the wildlife resources course and complies with the building regulations he learned in woodworking classes. He also designs posters to help his classmates adhere to these rules. His work ethic, desire to help and dedication also prompted him to take the initiative to help improve the signage on snowmobile trails in his region. Allan has every reason to believe that his disability will never prevent him from fulfilling his dreams.


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

2017-07-12 Sarah-Ève Morin

Sarah-Ève Morin

A student committed to regaining control of her life and fulfilling her dream of owning a dairy farm

Elementary school was a peaceful period in Sarah-Ève Morin’s life but she started high school amidst utter chaos. As the victim of bullying, she suffered from physical and verbal abuse and her third year was all the more difficult because her mother was battling cancer and her father was suffering from cardiovascular problems. And to top it all off, she became involved in a toxic relationship. As a consequence, her grades plummeted. But rather than giving in to despair, this student at Fréchette high school decided to instead focus on her dream of owning a dairy farm. And to fulfil this dream, she created the winning conditions: psychological support to help heal the emotional wounds, remedial classes to get the academic grades she was capable of achieving and extracurricular activities to rebuild her self-esteem, like helping to organize a fashion show and the school prom. Sarah-Ève is without doubt the type of person who always manages to get back on their feet.


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