Chris­tian Vachon hon­oured with Na­tional As­sem­bly Medal

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Be­fore friends, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the field of Ed­u­ca­tion and fel­low run­ners who united at Sainte Mar­guerite school, in Ma­gog, Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid pre­sented the Na­tional As­sem­bly Medal to Chris­tian Vachon. The medal was given to Mr. Vachon, who founded the Fon­da­tion Chris­tian Vachon to raise money for chil­dren’s sports ac­tiv­i­ties and the Re­lais

de lac Mem­phrem­a­gog, to high­light his ex­em­plary con­tri­bu­tion in favour of school per­se­ver­ance and the suc­cess of all youth, re­gard­less of the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of their par­ents.

“Chris­tian Vachon is a para-medic and an ac­com­plished ath­lete who had a dif­fi­cult time in school. He con­ceived and re­al­ized the Re­lais de lac

Mem­phrem­a­gog in 2007, the only six per­son re­lay race in Canada and the United States. Each re­lay team must con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to sup­port the chil­dren god­fa­thered by the

Fon­da­tion Chris­tian Vachon,” ex­plained Mr. Reid. “Last Septem­ber 28th, not less than 200 teams re­unit­ing 1,150 run­ners from all over Que­bec did the tour of the lake. Dur­ing this time, 1,200 stu­dents from ele­men­tary schools ran a cross coun­try event aimed at po­si­tion­ing the sport as a tool for school per­se­ver­ance. The event raised $218,000. With this sum, the

Fon­da­tion Chris­tian Vachon will god­fa­ther 650 stu­dents in need, in forty-nine schools from the Des Som­mets, Hauts-Can­tons and East­ern Town­ships School Boards. This medal from the Na­tional As­sem­bly rec­og­nizes ev­ery­thing he has done and con­tin­ues to do for our youth.”

“Sainte Mar­guerite school is a sym­bolic place for me in that it was here where I went to school. I re­mem­ber that those years were very dif­fi­cult aca­dem­i­cally and that I had to work very hard to suc­ceed,” com­mented Chris­tian Vachon. “Af­ter my years in ele­men­tary school I dis­cov­ered run­ning. That’s when I told my­self that other stu­dents may be en­coun­ter­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in school and I started the Foun­da­tion to help them. It is an hon­our to re­ceive this medal and I’m even prouder to re­ceive it sur­rounded by young stu­dents, my friends and the per­son­nel of Sainte Mar­guerite school.” Since the cre­ation of the Fon­da­tion Chris­tian

Vachon in 2007, not less than $500,000 has been raised and used to help stu­dents in the re­gion

Photo cour­tesy

Chris­tian Vachon, at left, was pleased to re­ceive the Na­tional As­sem­bly Medal from Or­ford MNA Pierre

Reid for his ef­forts to raise money for stu­dent sports.

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