Return to success scholarships, 2023 edition: our winners  

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Bannière Bourse Retour Réussite 11ème édition

For the 12th year, the Literacy Foundation is celebrating the perseverance and determination of
learners who have successfully completed a literacy or basic training program by awarding its Go
Getters’ Bursaries. Through the generous contribution of the Desjardins Foundation, 20
bursaries of $1,500 each are awarded to adults who have continued their learning journey to
boost their literacy skills and thus improve their living conditions.

Annabelle Lavigne

L’École autrement, from the Carrefour jeunesse emploi the l’Outaouais
Centre de services scolaire des Draveurs

Driven, tenacious Annabelle faced down several obstacles as a teenager. Lost and addicted to drugs, she felt different from everyone else. Despite a rough start to life, the support workers
took good care of her. Her motivation and discipline have put her on the path to success.

Annie Desaulniers

Centre d’éducation des adultes du Saint-Maurice
Centre des services scolaire de l’Énergie

Dyslexic and struggling to keep up in school, Annie had to leave high school. With a great deal of patience and perseverance, she was able to return to the learning path of her dreams: a DVS in
secretarial studies. Her journey is a testament to the efforts she has made.

Cathie Jobin

Centre Tétreaultville
Centre de services scolaire de Montréal

Spousal abuse, a destroyed family: life hasn’t been kind to Cathie. But it hasn’t had the last word—she wants to finish high school and then go on to CEGEP. Full of ambition and goals, she
can count on her dedication to succeed.

Christine Boutin-Viens

Centre d’éducation des adultes des Sommets de Magog
Centre de services scolaire des Sommets

With severe ADHD and a lack of motivation and support, Christine didn’t think she could succeed in school when she left at age 15. A few years later, she realized that with purpose and
good will, she could do it. Now, many doors are open to her.

Isabelle Richer

Centre d’éducation des adultes Saint-Hyacinthe – Acton
Centre de services scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe

Isabelle is a woman with a big heart. Despite her mosaic Down syndrome, this mother of two decided to go back to school after working for the same company for 20 years. Her motto is: ”Be
capable and gain more skills!”

Jennifer Poteau

Centre Ferland
Centre de services scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île

After arriving in Canada at the age of 17 and living with a foster family, Jennifer was able to count on her guidance counselor for unfailing support. A DCS in nursing is her dream. With a lot
of hard work and support, her future is in her hands.

Jérémy Poirier

Centre d’éducation des adultes Saint-Hyacinthe
Centre de services scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe

After a difficult academic journey, switching schools several times due to an obvious loss of motivation, Jérémie decided to regain control of his life and go back to school. Appreciation and
recognition got this young man back on track.

Karolan Bourassa

Centre L’Impact de Rivière-Rouge
Centre de services scolaire des Hautes-Laurentides

Karolan, a 24-year-old single mother, shows extraordinary perseverance. Despite life’s ups and downs, family upheaval and financial instability, she keeps her goal in her sights: to pursue higher education in literature. She has never lacked courage or determination.

Ray Milly Languy

Centre de formation l’Impulsion                                          Centre de services scolaire de Laval

Born with a developmental delay, Ray was long rejected by his peers and found it hard to adapt to school. Meeting Mariana, his teacher, helped him to believe in his dreams once more.  His
goal is to become a personal support worker.

Rock Jalbert-Bouchard

Centre d’éducation des adultes Saint-Hyacinthe – Acton
Centre de services scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe

Having experienced a difficult childhood, moving from one foster home to another, Rock didn’t start life off on the right foot. During his last incarceration, he discovered the benefits of therapy. He even took part in a reintegration program, which gave him a new lease on life.

Tasnim Shalati

Centre d’éducation des adultes Jeanne-Sauvé
Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys

Tasnim has only one dream in mind: to finish her studies and to work. Despite the obstacles and a hasty departure from her country of origin due to war, this 23-year-old woman keeps her head on her shoulders. With her strength of character and a family to rely on, she can brave any storm.

Alysha Sanderson-Snow

L’Envol Adult Education Centre
Centre de services scolaire du Lac-Témiscamingue

Despite her profound anxiety and mental health problems, Alysha never loses sight of her goal: to open a veterinary clinic. She intends to succeed with the help of her incredible teachers. With
her good intentions at school, she fights to offer her children a peaceful future.

Cécile Cormier

Centre de formation générale des adultes
Centre de services scolaire des Îles


Having made complicated life choices and with a partner who left too soon, Cécile plunged into drugs and alcohol, thinking she’d found a way out … to no avail. With great perseverance and
resilience, she decided to take control of her life. Inspired by the strength of her two children, she took the initiative to return to school and volunteer in her spare time.

Dave Elliot Mequish

École forestière de La Tuque
Centre de services scolaire de l’Énergie

When he returned to school, Dave didn’t know what he was getting into. Despite many apprehensions, his courage helped him overcome his greatest fear: dropping out of school. With great pride and gratitude to his teachers, he can now position himself as a man who wants to succeed.

Denieuse Desther

Centre de formation générale des adultes L’Horizon
Centre de services scolaire de l’Or-et-des-Bois


At the age of 8, Denieuse left school. On the eve of her 60th birthday, she decided to return to school. This hard-working, energetic woman successfully balances work,
family and studies. A mother with a heart of gold, she has shown great perseverance in her quest for a better quality of life.

Geneviève Poirier

Centre Frère-Moffet
Centre de services scolaire du Lac-Témiscamingue

A talented artist, Geneviève has demonstrated that she can achieve specific goals. With ADHD, social anxiety and a difficult family situation, nothing has ever been easy. But Geneviève, with
her great intellectual potential and extraordinary sensitivity, is on the verge of realizing her greatest dream: to study drawing at Concordia University.


Luc Caya


To boost his self-confidence despite his stuttering, Luc, a retired janitor, wanted to learn to read and write. Gifted with a good memory, great potential for success and unrivalled curiosity, he
brilliantly overcame all the learning difficulties he faced. You’re never too old to learn, and Luc is the perfect example. 

Annie Boucher-Ducas

Centre d’éducation des adultes Chandler–Grande-Rivière
Centre de services scolaire René-Lévesque

With recurrent depression and family problems, life hasn’t always been easy for Annie. At the age of 28, she decided to go back to school to prove to her family and child that she could do it.
Her goal: to obtain a DVS in accounting. Her courage and steadfastness have made her into the accomplished woman she is today.

Annie Dubé

Centre de formation professionnelle L’Envol
Centre de services scolaire René-Lévesque

After being out of school for 20 years, Annie returned to school with a heavy heart. When she was younger, she experienced a lot of bullying at school. Despite severe dyslexia and dysorthographia and an associated language development disorder, there was no stopping this 38-year-old mother. Supported by her school’s teachers, she rose to the many challenges she faced.


Stéphanie Mattawa

CFP du Grand-Fjord, Pavillon L’Oasis
Centre de services scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay

Stéphanie, a young Indigenous woman, proved to her teachers that she was resourceful, eager to succeed and capable of rising to the challenge of going back to school. In order to promote
oral hygiene and alleviate the lack of dental clinics in her community, she would like to make it her profession. Her dearest wish is to inspire other First Nations women to study.

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Marie-Hélène La Mothe

Chargée des communications et mobilisation