For the first time, the Mauricie Regional Education Table (TREM) held a Recognition Gala designed to demonstrate the importance of commitment and perseverance for educational success.
The event, which concluded the 20th anniversary of the TREM, took place on Friday 10 June at Espace Shawinigan. In addition to bringing together all decision-makers in the education sector in Mauricie, the gala brought together nearly 250 people from different backgrounds: school, community, economic and political. The evening allowed the guests to experience a range of emotions, in addition to highlighting 20 students from the Mauricie region who stood out.
20 winners for the 20th anniversary of TREM
In order to highlight different avenues to success in education, the TREM initiated a “Research Notice” in October 2021, which made it possible to select 20 pupils and students who stood out for their efforts, their achievements or their perseverance. These pupils and students, aged 6 to 42, from all over Mauricie, were all present at Espace Shawinigan, accompanied by the person who nominated them, as well as their family and friends. It was during this evening that they received the honor in front of a full house. Trophy in hand, everyone left with a $250 gift card from a local business or company.
“Although we had to make choices and select only 20 winners, more than 200 stories were submitted to us, each one more inspiring than the next,” says TREM Executive Director Mélanie Chandonnet. Any of these stories would have deserved its place at the Gala, proof that the Mauricie is overflowing with admirable journeys, that the schoolchildren and students of our region work hard and show determination, resilience, daring and positivism. † We are therefore very pleased that we can highlight 20 of them today. †
Hosted by Stéphane Beaulac of 94.7 Rouge, the evening immersed the audience in stories that were each more moving than the next.
“She has a lot of problems, especially with math and physical education, and then she will never give up. Even if she has failures, she will always pick herself up… Léanne is a very resilient person, that’s why she is inspiring, “testified the mother of Léanne Gordon, a student with various learning disabilities.
Video capsules, produced thanks to the collaboration of the winners’ relatives, were presented, giving each story a personal touch. Touching testimonies, filled with emotions, were delivered that even caused a few tears to flow.
“Samuel is inspiring because he was the first to be admitted into his program with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, which makes him a pioneer at École Bel-Avenir,” Samuel Bisson’s speaker told her.
“All Quebec teachers dream of having an Antoine Quessy one day. He is a hard working student, who is brilliant, who is a perfectionist, who has an incredible general culture! Antoine Quessy’s teacher testified.
“My beautiful Noémy, I just wanted to say that I am very proud of you. You are a fighter, very strong. You skipped things that people might not have been able to do. Either way, your name is engraved on my heart. I love you! addressed her daughter to Noémy Poulin’s mother and came straight to touch the hearts of all help.
Also during this evening, thanks to a partnership with the FestiVoix and the École Chavigny, musical performances by the group QW4RTZ and the singer Verlene, accompanied by secondary school students, were offered, allowing young people to live an extraordinary experience.
Recognition Gala winners:
Léanne Gordon, student at Marie-de-l’Incarnation College
Antoine Quessy, student at Val-Mauricie High School
Cindy-Ann Mercier, student at the Center d’études collégiales de La Tuque
Francis Ringuette, pupil of the primary school Louiseville – pavilion Jean XXIII
Guyelle Gakoula Moutombo, student at Carrefour Formation Mauricie
Alexandre Dumont, student at Cégep de Shawinigan
Anne-Sophie Lemieux, student at Ecole Chavigny
Samuel Bisson, student at Bel-Avenir Vocational Training Center
Émy Levasseur-Côté, student at Laviolette Elementary School – Pavilion Saint-Dominique
Flavie Morin, student at Louiseville Elementary School – Saint-Louis Pavilion
Xavier Toussaint, student at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières
Loïc Bouffard, student at Chavigny School
David Basile-Awashish, La Tuque Forest School adult school student
Majory Bourdages, pupil of the secondary school Paul-Le Jeune
Salomé Hubin, student at the University of Trois-Rivières
Alexis Cournoyer, student at the Estacades Academy
Marilie Toussaint, student at the seminary of Ste-Marie
Noémy Poulin, student at Cégep de Trois-Rivières
Blanche Morin, student at Collège Laflèche
François Côté, student at Qualitech