During a highly anticipated evening that took place yesterday, May 4, at the Center Culturel Berger, the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup announced the winners of its 47th Achievements Gala. A total of 35 grants were awarded to graduating Cégep students who distinguish themselves through study results, commitment and perseverance.
The event, which has made a comeback after two virtual editions, was presented by the Caisse Desjardins de Rivière-du-Loup and was held under the honorary presidency of Mrs. Sylvie Vignet, former mayor of Rivière-du-Loup and a graduate of the Education Continuing Department of the Cegep.
Sara-Ève Dubé, born in Rivière-du-Loup and a nursing student, won the most prestigious grant of the evening, the Excellence grant, awarded by the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup and duBreton Foundation. This scholarship is for a student with an excellent academic record, a good command of spoken and written French, who is committed to their program and extracurricular activities and who has demonstrated leadership.
Sara-Ève has shown commitment and accuracy in her studies. She never hesitated to help her fellow interns and the staff she worked with. After the first year of her studies, the student worked as a beneficiary counselor in the De Chauffailles residential center, an experience that allowed her to develop more self-confidence and facilitate the approach to patients. She then worked as an external nurse in the surgery department of the Center hospitalier régional du Grand-Portage.
“I have always been drawn to healthcare. Even in high school I liked learning about the human body. The nursing profession is an extremely human profession and it is something that prompted me to study nursing at the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup,” says the student. During her three years in college, Sara-Ève was also part of the Portageuses football team. The student wants to continue her studies in the baccalaureate program in nursing sciences at the University of Quebec in Rimouski (UQAR).
SUCCESS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
Originally from Matane, Rose Gagnon-Yelle is the recipient of the Success and Community Engagement grant from the Fondation des travaux du Foyer de Rivière-du-Loup. The Natural Sciences student has distinguished herself during her impressive study career. Indeed, it has multiple commitments in various socio-cultural and extracurricular projects, in particular in the Special Socio Section, the animation of Cégeps en Spectaculair and the Nuit de l’Interdit, the Action and Consultation Group in the Environment (GACE), the Diversity Committee , the Intercollegiate Writing Marathon, the French Training Center (CEF) and the Intercultural Pairing.
“In retrospect, I see that the Cégep is a meeting place, both for others and for yourself. I want to learn from the people I meet, share my knowledge and change the questions that haunt my mind and society. I would like to add value to my environment by becoming a driver of change and the Cégep has given me the tools to enter the adult society with more preparation and benevolence”, specifies the winner. Rose would like to continue studying at university in creative writing.
ACADEMIC MEDAL OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA
Jason Bernier, originally from Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac and with a degree in natural sciences, has achieved top academic results, all programs combined, and received the Academic Medal of the Governor General of Canada awarded by the Chancellery of the Government of Canada, in concert with Caisse Desjardins de Rivière-du-Loup. With an average that borders on perfection, Jason has been involved in a myriad of student and community activities. Among his many involvements, the student was a member of the Ecological Committee of the 56th final of the Quebec Games, secretary of the General Association of Students of the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup (AGECRLi), co-chair of the Science Council of Nature , besides being involved as a care volunteer in the Desjardins House of palliative care of the KRTB and by offering support to the people who live there and their loved ones.
“In the future, my desire is to be happy in what I do, but above all to always surpass myself and improve myself to become a better version of myself,” underlines the passionate science student. Jason wants to continue his studies in health at university. It particularly considers medicine or dentistry.
EXCELLENT FEMALE ATHLETE
Born in Maria, Noémie Boudreau-Diotte was awarded the Outstanding Female Athlete scholarship offered by the Caisse Desjardins de Rivière-du-Loup. The Natural Sciences student, who is the captain of the Portageuses D2 volleyball team, is also a fan of football, cheerleading and cross-country. In high school, Noémie made her volleyball debut as a striker as soon as the sport arrived at her school. His choice for CEGEP was not arbitrary; Noémie wanted to broaden her horizons while continuing to play competitive college volleyball. His decision then fell on the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup. Since her arrival at Cégep, the student-athlete has made a wonderful evolution in her athletic development and she inspires her teammates with her techniques, her play system and her leadership. At the last Portageurs Gala, she was named the club’s best player. The student, who wants to continue her studies in Kinesiology, was recently invited to the Rouge et Or training camp at the University of Laval.
EXCELLENT MALE ATHLETE
The Scholarship for Outstanding Male Athlete, awarded by Les Restaurants Dubillard McDonald’s, was awarded to Cédric Docquier, a nursing student. Cédric, who is of Belgian origin, plays a pivotal role within the Portageurs D3 basketball team, which also reached the quarterfinals in the play-offs in the 2021-2022 season. He is known for his exemplary physical preparation for the games, he who has been practicing this sport for almost 25 years. The athlete, who also trains triathlon, loves to discover, talk to people and explore other cultures. He is also involved as a member of the board of directors of the Club de vélo Randoloup.
The multidisciplinary Hercule Prize, awarded by Premier Tech, honors a student in the last semester of his education who has overcome difficulties at the start of his studies, but who has recovered well. It was awarded to Steacy Moreau, a nursing student. Steacy, born in Saint-Germain-de-Kamouraska, stands out for the consistency and quality of its efforts, its progress and its success.
The Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup congratulates all the winners of this 47th edition. The photos will be available on Cégep’s website at www.cegeprdl.ca/gala.