One man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure:

A look in­side Es­trie Aide and Jonc­tion Éd­u­ca­tion’s eco-re­spon­si­ble part­ner­ship

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record

Es­trie Aide and Jonc­tion Éd­u­ca­tion hosted their first Dé­fab-lab work­shop on Satur­day, Oct. 6.

Es­trie Aide is one of the East­ern Town­ships’ largest so­cial econ­omy en­ter­prises, while Jonc­tion Éd­u­ca­tion, founded by Félix Ar­guin and Guil­laume La­porte, of­fers techno-ped­a­gog­i­cal ser­vices to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions as well as com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions to in­te­grate hand­son ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve new tech­nolo­gies.

The de­con­struc­tion work­shop al­lowed chil­dren to dis­as­sem­ble tons of elec­tronic de­vices to bet­ter un­der­stand their func­tion. At­ten­dees were also able to leave with some of the func­tional items they worked on.

Held in the Es­trie Aide head­quar­ters, a dozen fam­i­lies gath­ered for Dé­fab-lab. La­porte and a Jonc­tion Éd­u­ca­tion em­ployee were on hand to help chil­dren dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity.

Ar­guin and La­porte dou­ble their time as high school teach­ers at Sémi­naire de Sher­brooke. They were awarded the Mérite Estrien prize on Oct. 2 for the work they do in­side and out­side of the class­room.

Es­tab­lished in 1997, Es­trie Aide has of­fered re­pur­posed cloth­ing, fur­ni­ture, elec­tron­ics, and ap­pli­ances to all in­hab­i­tants in the Town­ships. They fo­cus on so­cial rein­te­gra­tion, com­mu­nity build­ing, and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. They also re­ceive thou­sands of dona­tions ev­ery year. How­ever, they do not re­pur­pose elec­tronic items that are beyond re­pair. Rather than send­ing un­us­able de­vices to land­fills, Es­trie Aide has do­nated over 500 pounds of sal­vaged elec­tronic pieces to Junc­tion Éd­u­ca­tion to give the dam­aged items a se­cond life, which will be used in class­rooms, work­shops, and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties to help mo­ti­vate chil­dren in their school­ing.

Es­trie Aide and Jonc­tion Éd­u­ca­tion will be host­ing an­other Dé­fab-lab work­shop in Novem­ber for the price of $10 per fam­ily. Those in­ter­ested can check out both Face­book pages at www.face­book.com/es­trieaide­of­fi­ciel/ and www.face­book.com/jonc­tione­d­u­ca­tion/.

COUR­TESY OF ES­TRIE AIDE

Over 40 peo­ple at­tended the first edi­tion of Dé­fab-lab, hosted by Es­trie Aide and Jonc­tion Éd­u­ca­tion, where they were able to dis­as­sem­ble and re­build elec­tronic de­vices to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how they work.

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