Hats off to you!
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.