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*FREE for churches events, ser­vice clubs events, and rec­og­nized char­i­ta­ble org. only. - Send all ac­tiv­i­ties or changes by Mon­day, 3 p.m., at least one week be­fore the event, only by email at jour­nal@stanstead-jour­nal.com (not re­spon­si­ble for typ­ing er­rors) DONOR CLINIC – Tues­day June 26th, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., 441 Duf­ferin, Sunny Side School in the gym­na­sium. BLOOD PRES­SURE CLINIC – blood pres­sure clinic Tues­day July 12th at the Ma­sonic Hall, 3002 Col­lege Street, Len­noxville, 1:30 to 3 p.m. BLOOD PRES­SURE CLINIC – blood pres­sure clinic Fri­day July 6th at the Li­brary, 165 Main Street North Hat­ley, 10 to 11:30 a.m. WALK IN MY SHOES CAM­PAIGN – Is ask­ing for new (never worn) cloth­ing items for home­less peo­ple. Cash do­na­tions are used to buy ther­mal un­der­wear or footwear. Drop do­na­tions at Men­tal Health Estrie, 257 Queen, Len­noxville or at dis­tri­bu­tion points in the area. For info 819-565-3777 or men­tal­health.estrie@bell­net.ca WEL­COME WED­NES­DAYS – Or­ga­nized by Women’s Cen­tre. “Get together” for cof­fee or tea or have a chat, meet friends, browse the li­brary and learn to cro­chet. Ac­tiv­ity room avail. 1:15-3:45 p.m. Bring knit­ting or craft. ACEF ESTRIE – De­fense of con­sumers’ rights or­ga­ni­za­tion. Free ser­vices from third year stu­dents from Fac­ulty of Law, ready to an­swer ques­tions. Info ACEF Estrie 819563-8144. ÉCOCENTRES –Info Éco­cen­tre Michel-Ledoux, 1000 Léon-Tré­panier via Lav­igerie, 819-822-6010; Éco­cen­tre Rose-Co­hen, 365 Pépin, via Port­land Blvd, 819-822-6033. FUN FEAR­LESS FIT­NESS – Women 16 and + highly qual­i­fied in­struc­tor. Ev­ery Mon­day, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Len­noxville French Ele­men­tary School, École St-Antoine’s Gym. Park­ing on Church and Speid St., Info Su­nita 819-563-9987. LEN­NOXVILLE-AS­COT HIS­TOR­I­CAL & MU­SEUM SO­CI­ETY – Open from Wed­nes­days to Sun­day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 9 rue Speid, Len­noxville. Info 819-5640409. just have to get with the pro­gram. Get in here, ob­tain the av­er­age re­quired to en­ter the de­sired univer­sity pro­gram and then pur­sue my ca­reer ob­jec­tives. For those who hadn’t a clue of what they wanted to go into later on, then just get in here and choose what you like best. And, for those in a tech­ni­cal pro­gram, sim­ply get in here and come out with a work­ing de­gree. I must ad­mit, I am guilty for hav­ing un­der­es­ti­mated the im­por­tance of cégeps and how it has pre­pared us not only for univer­sity but also for our adult lives.

First, cégep is marked by the farewell of our ado­les­cent years as we em­bark into the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of adult­hood. Many of us leave the com­fort and lux­ury of our homes to live in­de­pen­dently. Most of us marched into an in­sti­tu­tion where al­most ev­ery­one was con­sid­ered a stranger to our eyes. Yet, we have braved the un­known and have em­braced var­i­ous chal­lenges in­stead of let­ting our­selves be in­tim­i­dated. We have met new peo­ple with greater di­ver­sity than we could have ever imag­ined and yet we have bonded together and put our dif­fer­ences aside. We have met great teach­ers, ones we like more, oth­ers a bit less. But in the end, each one of them has brought unique ex­pe­ri­ences and ap­proaches that will ben­e­fit us in the fu­ture.

Aca­dem­i­cally, let’s be hon­est, the cégep cur­ricu­lum is much more dif­fi­cult and in­ten­sive than we’ve had in the past. Yet, we are here tonight, very proud of our­selves be­cause we have suc­cess­fully ful­filled it. And as we move on to uni­ver­si­ties or into our pro­fes­sions, although the cur­ricu­lum will only be­come more and more in­ten­sive, we won’t feel as though it will be much harder for us be­cause we have grown to over­come the stren­u­ous work­load.

Cham­plain Re­gional Col­lege also of­fered us a mul­ti­tude of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties from sports and lead­er­ship-type or­ga­ni­za­tions, to hu­man­i­tar­ian clubs where each of them of­fered unique ex­pe­ri­ences and al­lowed us to de­velop es­sen­tial life skills. Although not ev­ery ath­lete will go on to play at the univer­sity or pro­fes­sional level, this is what I have to tell you. Be proud of your ac­com­plish­ments, you have reached a very high level of com­pe­ti­tion which oth­ers can only dream of and use th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences to reach your other am­bi­tions. As ath­letes, you have de­vel­oped many skills such as com­mit­ment, per­se­ver­ance, dis­ci­pline and many more. If your sports ca­reer won’t fol­low you, the skills and the qual­i­ties you have de­vel­oped over the years cer­tainly will and will make you bet­ter at ev­ery­thing you do.

Many of you have been in­volved in dif­fer­ent clubs and ac­tiv­i­ties on and off cam­pus. Most of you have also learnt to cope with both aca­demics and work at the same time. I am also per­son­ally hon­oured as this year, you have put your trust in me to serve as the pres­i­dent of the Cham­plain Stu­dent’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

All th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences we have had over the last two three years have al­lowed us to de­velop qual­i­ties and skills that will cer­tainly pre­pare us for our fu­ture success. As Alexander Gra­ham Bell once said, “Be­fore any­thing else, prepa­ra­tion is the key to success”. And this is what cégep is to me. It is today’s prepa­ra­tion for to­mor­row’s pros­per­ity.

Je voudrais aussi pren­dre le temps de lever mon cha­peau à tout ceux et celles qui provi­en­nent du mi­lieu fran­co­phone car vous avez, de façon as­sidue et re­mar­quable, briser la bar­rière entre l’anglais et le français pour ainsi de­venir

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