The Go Getters’ Bursaries, recipients of the 2018 edition

The 2018 edition was presented by

On September 6, 2018, the Literacy Foundation and the Desjardins Foundation awarded 7 Go Getters’ Bursaries of $1,500 to adults who have successfully completed literacy or basic training process aimed at improving their living conditions.

The event took place in the auditorium of the BAnQ in the presence of many stakeholders from the education community.

The event took place in the auditorium of the BAnQ in the presence of many stakeholders from the education community.

The 2018 edition, which is a tribute to the perseverance and determination of these exceptional women and men, highlighted:

Éric Brodeur

Centre d’éducation des adultes de la Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons

Learning difficulties and a job opportunity pushed Eric to leave school too early. Despite his good intentions, the thought of resuming his studies faded as he rose through the ranks until he was terminated 22 years later. Eric then resumed his studies and overcame his learning difficulties, in addition to the after-effects of a serious accident due to an overloaded schedule.

« You come out of school free from a weight you couldn’t have imagined. Go back, it’s worth it. »

« I was empty. I was no longer well. Then, I decided on a whim that enough was enough and I wanted to get my life back on track. »

Benjamin Carrier

Centre d’éducation des adultes L’Escale de la Commission scolaire des Appalaches

Benjamin dropped out of school because of personal issues and drug addiction. Despite everything, one day, he decided to overcome his lack of motivation and began therapy, which made him want to learn again. With a high school diploma in hand, it is with determination that he will start CEGEP to do what he really wants to do in life.

Fabienne Cinéus

Centre Tétreaultville de la Commission scolaire de Montréal

Fabienne succeeded in obtaining her secondary 5 at the Centre Tétreaultville of the Commission scolaire de Montréal. Despite a difficult childhood and integration difficulties, thanks to school, Fabienne became the person she has wanted to be for a long time, in addition to being the pride of her family.

« We’re almost nothing without school. It really helped me to be the person I wanted (to become) for a long time. »

« The important thing is not how many years you spend in school, but what will come out of it, so much knowledge. »

Ronaldo Dubuisson

Centre Gédéon-Ouimet de la Commission scolaire de Montréal

Despite his learning difficulties, Ronaldo knew how to roll up his sleeves to get his secondary 5. Perceived as a model by his teachers, Ronaldo believes education is a privilege and, no matter how many years he spent on the school benches, for him, the important thing is to be educated.

Dinny de Jesus Vargas

Centre de formation le Tremplin de la Commission scolaire de Laval

A political refugee with reduced mobility, Dinny encountered many obstacles in her integration: language, financial needs and mobility are among them. Despite everything, she went for it! Her strongest wish is to prove that people with reduced mobility can make a significant contribution to society, and that requires education.

« I remember as if it were yesterday when the teacher came to tell me that I passed. I was crying! »

« This year, my son is in secondary 1 and I’m able to help him with his math because now I’m more advanced than him. »

Jean-Marc Michel

Centre d’éducation des adultes La Ramille de la Commission scolaire René-Lévesque

For Jean-Marc, the first tool to achieve his dreams is education. Twenty years after dropping out due to discrimination and poverty, he decided to equip himself with the tools to take a course he had always dreamed of.

Marie Touré

Centre d’éducation des adultes Champlain de la Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys

Originally from Guinea, Marie was forced to leave school too early to help her family financially. Her children, one of whom has autism, are the reason she returned to school. She can now read and write without having to ask for help: what pride for this winner!

« I can read and write without asking someone for help. It makes me very proud. »