MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Alouettes and CN
(TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced their renewed commitment to Quebec
schools and students on Monday. Together at School with CN and the Alouettes is a community outreach program that will see Alouettes players visit
over 60,000 students at 120 schools in 2012.
"Together at School with CN and the Alouettes will focus on supporting elementary and high school students. Our
players go to schools and use examples from both their personal lives
and football experiences to discuss the importance of education with
kids. They encourage students to make the right decisions," said
Alouettes president and CEO Ray Lalonde. "By having our players
physically present in schools and interacting directly with the
students, our goal is to inspire them and positively impact their
Involved with schools since 1998, the Montreal Alouettes have been
teaming up with CN since 2001 to support youth education in Quebec and
encourage kids to stay in school. Together at School with CN and the Alouettes incorporates the aspects of the previous program while adding a
tutoring and player mentorship component.
Sean Finn, CN's Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, and Chief
Legal Officer, said: "At CN, we are deeply committed to building
stronger communities, and we feel that it is our responsibility as a
good corporate citizen to support young, at risk kids. CN is very proud
to partner with the Alouettes again this year for the Together at School with CN and the Alouettes program, which has helped hundreds of thousands of young people across
Quebec since its inception."
The 16 players participating in the program have completed a week-long
training session by experts in school mentoring and counseling to
ensure they get the proper preparation. Leading the way for the group
of players taking part in Together at School with CN and the Alouettes in 2012 will be defensive end John Bowman and centre Luc
"I'm looking forward to being involved in this program. As a product of
the Quebec school system myself, I'm confident that I can relate to
these students and make a real difference," said Brodeur-Jourdain, a
native of St-Hyacinthe, QC."
Together at School with CN and the Alouettes officially launches the
first week of February with visits to the Hebrew Foundation School in
Dollard-des-Ormeaux (February 1), École de l'Arquarelle in Blainville
(February 2), and École Adrien-Gamache in Longueuil (February 3). For a
list of participating schools and more information, please visit CN.school.MontrealAlouettes.com.
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Image with caption: "(Left to right) CN Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer, Sean Finn, 11-year-old Jalen Elbert-Fowlkes, defensive end John Bowman, 16-year-old Dylon Lopes-Alves, centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain and Alouettes President and CEO, Ray Lalonde. (CNW Group/CN)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120116_C4376_PHOTO_EN_8971.jpg
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