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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!”
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Paramedic Justin Dewey spoke enthusiastically about the benefits of staying in school with students at Sunnyside Elementary, yesterday.
Dany Flanders speaks with singer Ariane Moffatt after she chose him to be on her team.
Marie-Mai Jean-Pierre Ferland listen as Dany Flanders
belts out a