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Board of Education of Quebec City

26/02/2009: Canada

I received an invitation from Mrs. Danielle Séguin who is in charge of spiritual life and community involvement in about twelve primary schools under the Board of Education of Quebec City. Mrs. Séguin was asking that I meet up with the students under the Board’s direction. Mr. Francois Lauzier, Vice President of CSI was to meet with four student groups, while I would speak with two groups in March.

What I have decided to do is offer to the students some ideas about the above mentioned CSI, that is, « Collaboration Santé International” (International Health Network), a group which I once directed for more than five years.

Accordingly, I went to La Fourmilière School located in Charlesbourg on February 10, 2009. There I met with all twelve classes of the school, two classes at a time. Even though each meeting lasted only fifteen minutes and the children found the time too brief, I was bound to hold to the limited time.

All the children showed a lively interest throughout the brief presentation that I offered them about CSI.

I was aware that the students had set up a project to assist some people of the Third World: collecting books to send to disadvantaged students in Morocco. What an inspiring undertaking – young people desiring to help other young people!

Before my departure from the school, Mrs. Séguin thanked me in the presence of the students. My reply: “Madame Séguin, I am the one who should be thanking you. Meeting young people is always a real pleasure for me. After having spent forty years with young people, today’s experience offered me the chance to recall many unforgettable experiences which I have had!”

Already I have received two additional invitations to address young students in the local schools. More wonderful moments to look forward to with the young people!

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Paul-André Lavoie, fms

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