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CECCE Student Summit: Over 200 students gather to make their voices heard

Thursday, April 4, 2019, OTTAWA – Following the resounding success of last year’s first-ever Student Summit, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is back with its second iteration of this event. Over 200 students from the Board’s secondary schools came together at Collège La Cité today to attend the Summit. Organized around the theme Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Impact, the day provided a unique opportunity for students to dialogue and exchange ideas on various societal issues and to articulate their recommendations.

This large-scale event launched with a talk by Luca “LazyLegz” Patuelli, recognized for his inspiring performances and modern dance skills. Following Patuelli’s presentation, students took part in in-depth conversations and will develop recommendations to continue transforming the learning experience in all CECCE secondary schools.

“The aim of the Summit is perfectly aligned with the vision of the CECCE, which is to engage all students in learning, in pursuing their dreams and in building a better world. For this reason, and thanks to the huge success of last year’s initial Summit, the CECCE had no hesitation in repeating the experience and even establishing it as a tradition,” stated CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

“The CECCE firmly believes that students must be at the heart of decisions that affect their educational experience. It is therefore important to provide school communities with opportunities like the Student Summit to help them develop their sense of leadership and discover other ways of learning. Indeed, based on the findings that emerge from this special day, the CECCE will be able to direct its focus towards integrating some of the Summit’s ideas into the classroom as a way of further transforming the learning experience,” said Director of Education Réjean Sirois. “Finally, I would like to thank the teachers and principals for their commitment to offering an environment that reflects the students’ values because, out of the 65 recommendations developed at last year’s first Summit, 54 have either been implemented or soon will be.”

Emeric Lalande, Grade 7 student at École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges, gave the welcome and closing remarks at the 2019 Student Summit.

This gathering was also a chance for participating students to elect their new student trustee. They chose to put their trust in Maridia Fillion Major, a student at École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges, to represent all CECCE students on the Board of Trustees. The administration is pleased to announce that Maridia Fillion Major will succeed Lindsey Alcy. The CECCE would like to welcome her and to express its sincere appreciation to Ms. Alcy for the commitment she has shown to her role as student trustee since 2017.

Maridia Fillion Major is located in the middle of the group

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