Hats off to you!

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Ev­ery year the MELS runs a com­pe­ti­tion called “Hats off to you” “Cha­peau les filles” which of­fers bur­saries to women who are en­rolled in male-dom­i­nated vo­ca­tional or tech­ni­cal train­ing pro­grams through­out Que­bec

This year three stu­dents from the Len­noxville Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre sub­mit­ted their can­di­da­ture and they are Re­becca Ben-ezra and Sadie Gallup from Ma­chin­ing Tech­niques and Marie-eve Julien from Weld­ing & Fit­ting. All par­tic­i­pants had to write a two page “Let­ter of

Bul­ly­ing is a bad thing and many young kids are drop­ping out of school or killing them­selves be­cause of it. I am a vic­tim of bul­ly­ing and I have been to my school prin­ci­pal and my teach­ers and they tell me they can’t do any­thing about it with­out proof. I get laughed at, pushed into my locker, food thrown at me, told I have no life and that no­body likes me. This hap­pens on the school bus and in the halls and even in the class­room where adults are present. I have been talk­ing it for three years now and I can­not take it any­more. I come home cry­ing al­most ev­ery night and I need help. I don’t want to leave school but un­less things get bet­ter I might have to find a tu­tor and stay home. I be­lieve there is a way to put a stop to bul­ly­ing in schools but I do not know what it is. I have tried al­most ev­ery­thing. I have tried talk­ing to my prin­ci­pal, teach­ers and coun­selors. I have even con­fronted the bully but he just laughed in my face. Speak­ing to the coun­selor made it worse be­cause the bul­lies called me a snitch. I have formed a group called: We are beau­ti­ful no mat­ter what, so that other stu­dents who are vic­tims too can talk about how they feel. I do not have aids and I do have a life. I don’t think I should be go­ing through this any­more. I want peo­ple to re­al­ize how I feel and try to get the bul­ly­ing to stop. I need help and sup­port from the adults around me. I ap­peal to ev­ery­one who reads this let­ter to lis­ten to kids when they say they are be­ing bul­lied and to step in and try to help. I want to see a change in my school. I want to be happy, to be able to go to school with my hear held high and feel good about my­self. We need peo­ple to come into schools to talk about bul­ly­ing and to make kids aware of how se­ri­ous this prob­lem is.

A Sad and Hurt Stu­dent In­tro­duc­tion” ex­plain­ing a bit about their back­ground, why they reg­is­tered in a male-dom­i­nated area and what they do in their re­spec­tive pro­gram.

A re­gional gala was held at the CEGEP de Sher­brooke on March 28th where ap­prox­i­mately 20 bur­saries were awarded. The LVTC win­ner was Marie-eve Julien from the Weld­ing & Fit­ting pro­gram. In her let­ter Marie-eve ex­plained that she is artis­tic and likes to cre­ate things. She hopes to be in­volved in the more artsy side of the weld­ing in­dus­try and learn the more un­usual or creative meth­ods of work­ing with me­tal and to open her mind to what kind of de­mands there are in terms of artis­tic prod­ucts. Her long term goal is to run a small shop that would do cus­tom work, mod­i­fi­ca­tions, re­pairs and artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tions of all sorts.

There are also bur­saries given at the pro­vin­cial level and MarieEve will be el­i­gi­ble for the English School Board bur­sary. The pro­vin­cial gala will be tak­ing place in Mon­treal in May.

LVTC Weld­ing & Fit­ting stu­dent Marie-eve Julien re­ceived a bur­sary at the Cha­peau les filles! re­gional gala on March 28th.

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