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It’sweek, a time when ev­ery­one, not just our teach­ers and stu­dents, are en­cour­aged to talk and think about the im­por­tance of get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion. Many schools around the re­gion are hold­ing spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties this week while oth­ers, such as Stanstead’s school, will hold some spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to en­cour­age school per­se­ver­ance later in the school year.

At Sun­ny­side Ele­men­tary yes­ter­day, the cy­cle 3 stu­dents were treated to a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion about the im­por­tance of get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion from Stanstead para­medic, Justin Dewey. He spoke about his own school ex­pe­ri­ence, ad­mit­ting that he didn’t al­ways en­joy school, and shared some of his tips for suc­ceed­ing in school de­spite find­ing it chal­leng­ing. “I played sports at Sun­ny­side and at Galt with a good group of friends. It’s im­por­tant to have good friends, friends that don’t hold you back but that push you for­ward.”

A nat­u­ral speaker, Mr. Dewey kept the pre­sen­ta­tion in­ter­ac­tive, ask­ing the stu­dents if any of them knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Hear­ing an­swers like zo­ol­o­gist, bi­ol­o­gist, dancer, artist, me­chanic and singer, Mr. Dewey went on to ex­plain how each of those oc­cu­pa­tions, even that of singer, re­quired a post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr. Dewey spoke about his own un­cer­tainty when he was younger and try­ing to choose a ca­reer. “I went on a ride-along with the cops to see what that job was like. It’s noth­ing like what you see on TV! Then some­one said I should try work­ing on an am­bu­lance,” ex­plained the para­medic who also ad­mit­ted that he loves his job and that he’s happy to go to work each day. “I know peo­ple who don’t like their job and all they talk about is re­tire­ment.”

“Stay in school and work hard; the bet­ter you do in school, the eas­ier it gets! And ev­ery­thing you learn in school you will use later in life. It’s up to you to make the dif­fer­ence. No-one’s go­ing to give you any­thing in life – you have to work for it. Once you ac­cept that, life will be eas­ier for you.”

Mr. Dewey fin­ished his pre­sen­ta­tion by show­ing the stu­dents a video about the work of paramedics and men­tioned some of the qual­i­ties needed to be a good para­medic, and the dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions where paramedics can work.

down to earth, and a tal­ented mu­si­cian. And we both play the pi­ano as well as sing,” said Dany.

After work­ing as a mu­si­cian for about thirty years, Mr. Flan­ders wasn’t ner­vous to per­form on the show. “I was more ner­vous on Sun­day night when I saw the show for the first time,” said Dany who watched the show with a cou­ple of hun­dred peo­ple at a spe­cial party in Florida for the oc­ca­sion. “You can tell ev­ery­one from Stanstead that I was think­ing of them a lot this week­end!” he added.

This Sun­day, now that all the fi­nal­ists have been cho­sen, the duos known as ‘les Duels’ will be­gin; the teams will get whit­tled down to teams of six. Then the live shows, which are taped at

in St. Hu­bert, will be­gin and the au­di­ence will start vot­ing for their fa­vorites with the big fi­nale air­ing on April 14th.

The win­ner of re­ceives a record­ing con­tract, how­ever, there are also ben­e­fits to just be­ing in the fi­nals. “Just the vis­i­bil­ity of be­ing on the show is good; 2.8 mil­lion peo­ple watched the show on Sun­day night. I’ve been do­ing in­ter­views on the phone all day and I have a ra­dio in­ter­view to­mor­row,” men­tioned Mr. Flan­ders who sounded pretty hoarse. “Even if you don’t win, you don’t lose any­thing by be­ing on the show!”

and Marvin Gaye tune on last Sun­day’s episode of

Paramedic Justin Dewey spoke en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about the ben­e­fits of stay­ing in school with stu­dents at Sun­ny­side Ele­men­tary, yes­ter­day.

Photo cour­tesy Dany Flan­ders

Dany Flan­ders speaks with singer Ari­ane Mof­fatt af­ter she chose him to be on her team.

Photo cour­tesy Dany Flan­ders

Marie-Mai Jean-Pierre Fer­land lis­ten as Dany Flan­ders

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