A line-up of Québec performers will join host Judi Richards for the Spectacle pour la persévérance scolaire on April 20, 2011
MONTREAL, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - In a concrete move to support school
retention in Québec, members of Montréal's business community agreed to
finance an art and music program that will close with a fundraising
show featuring renowned Québec performers such as Judi Richards,
Daniel Lemire, Paul Piché, Laurence Jalbert and Mélissa Lavergne.
Coordinated by Toujours ensemble, this new artistic initiative is part
of the Pathways to Education program that provides academic, social and
financial support to ensure that larger members of troubled youth
complete high school.
"School dropout statistics are very alarming," says Judi Richards,
spokesperson for the Spectacle pour la persévérance scolaire. "As a mother and grandmother, I'm touched when I see troubled young
people who want to turn their lives around. That's why I got involved
in this cause and agreed to take on the role of spokesperson."
Since October 2010, students in Verdun have been working diligently in a
positive, stimulating environment under the guidance of professionals
from the cultural community. Their challenge - to appear on stage at
Salle Pierre-Mercure on April 20, 2011 alongside well-known performers.
Ms. Richards explains, "This show gives young people an excellent reason
to stay in school! The visual arts, music and singing courses enable
them to develop self-esteem, work as a team towards a common goal and
stay off the streets at night. In the long term, this program will make
a difference to Québec."
"We firmly believe that the community as a whole must come together and
support those who need our help the most. Québec companies have a duty
to stand behind the next generation and help them reach their full
potential in the labour market," explains Pierre Karl Péladeau,
President and CEO of Québécor Inc., and Honorary Patron of the Spectacle pour la persévérance scolaire. When we support staying in school, we invest in the future and the
prosperity of Québec society."
This first edition of the Spectacle pour la persévérance scolaire was made-to-measure and will be presented on one evening only. For more
details on the event or to buy tickets, please contact the organizing
committee by phone at 514 874 4600 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spectacle pour la persévérance scolaire is presented by Quebecor Inc. in collaboration with Helios, the Rona
Foundation and Desjardins Group. The event is also sponsored by
Archambault, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal, the Québec
Youth Foundation, Segal Family Foundation, Simple Plan Foundation, HEC
Montréal, Omer DeSerres, Rio Tinto Alcan and Stikeman Elliott. This
initiative would not have been possible without the commitment of the
team at Ernst & Young.
About Toujours ensemble
Founded in 1979 and established in Verdun since 1986, Toujours ensemble
is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support young people
with academic, family or social difficulties by offering them
educational and recreational activities that contribute to their
development. Every year, Toujours ensemble welcomes over 300 young
people to participate in activities. Toujours ensemble intervenes in
three areas: education, recreation and the fight against poverty. For
example, in the past ten years, Toujours ensemble has served more than
150,000 meals to children from two elementary schools in Verdun.
About Pathways to Education Canada
Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization created to
reduce poverty and its effects by lowering the high school dropout rate
and increasing access to post-secondary education among disadvantaged
youth in Canada. The Pathways to Education Program is a proven
effective model, first created and implemented in 2001 in Regent Park
by the Regent Park Community Health Centre. As a result of its
ground-breaking achievements, Pathways is now expanding with local
partners to five locations in Canada. The Pathways to Education Program
provides four key supports to ensure that young people will
successfully complete high school, continue on to post-secondary
programs and become actively engaged in their career development.
SOURCE Pathways to Education Canada
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