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The Laurent Duvernay-Tardif tour

Throughout HSD, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif travelled from region to region, spreading the word about how small gestures anyone can make can add up to a huge difference in a young person’s success. Here’s an overview of his tour stops.


Monday, February 11, 2019 - Montreal

Montreal launch of HSD at Lévis-Sauvé elementary

Duvernay-Tardif’s tour started on Monday morning with the Montreal launch of HSD at Lévis-Sauvé elementary school. Réseau réussite Montréal invited more than 300 partners from all sectors to come kick off the 9th edition of the event in Montreal. Also in attendance were Minister of Education and Higher Education Jean-François Roberge and Montreal mayor Valérie Plante. The event was a chance to stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle and of working together to help kids stay in school.

(Photo: Sylvain Légaré)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif chats with Zack Bériault-Blais, a grade 3 student at Lévis-Sauvé elementary and co-host of the launch.

(Photo: Sylvain Légaré)

(Photo: Sylvain Légaré)


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Drummondville

Drummondville public library

On Tuesday, the Table régionale de l’éducation Centre-du-Québec (TRECQ) welcomed HSD spokesperson Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Drummondville mayor and president of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ), Alexandre Cusson, joined with Duvernay-Tardif in urging Québec’s municipal elected officials to take practical measures that help youth succeed at school.

Three representatives from the Conseil jeunesse d’Arthabaska in the company of Caroline Dion and Alain Desruisseaux from TRECQ; Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, HSD spokesperson; and Alexandre Cusson, Drummondville mayor and president of the UMQ. 
(Photo: Véronique Saint-Amand)


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – Quebec City

Facebook Live event by PRÉCA

The organization Partenaires pour la réussite éducative en Chaudière-Appalaches (PRÉCA) were to host Duvernay-Tardif for a certificate and ribbon ceremony and a live video activity from Lévis with students from Pointe-Lévy high school. Unfortunately, this was all cancelled due to bad weather.

Despite the winter storm and cold weather, Laurent embodied perseverance by appearing live on video to help motivate the students in their schooling. Using a “+ Jar” containing messages from students in the region, he commented and elaborated on ideas for gestures that are a + in educational success. 

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Catherine Montour (PRÉCA), Véronique Bouchard (PRÉCA), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and the + Jar, Ariane Cyr (PRÉCA).
(Photo: Cathie Desmarais, vice-president of PRÉCA and co-director of Trajectoire Emploi.)


 February 13, 2019 – Quebec City

Perseverance cocktail at the National Assembly

Nearly 120 representatives from regional consulting authorities (IRCs) on student retention and educational success in Québec, MNAs, and regional and provincial partners gathered last night for the third annual school perseverance cocktail at Québec’s National assembly. A huge thank you to everyone who made the event such a success. And a special thank you to our spokesperson Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for his generosity at the event.  


Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jean-François Roberge; Premier François Legault; and HSD spokesperson Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, with representatives from IRCs. Left to right: Johanne McMillan (RLPRE), Manon Guité (Complice Gaspésie-Les-Îles), Isabel Auclair (CRÉPAS), Annie Grand-Mourcel (PREL), Mélanie Chandonnet (TREM), Andrée Mayer-Périard (RRM), and Mélissa Chénière (RAP Côte-Nord)
(Photo: Marc-Antoine Hallé)



Daniel Trachy, school principal at the Commission scolaire des Découvreurs and his sons, both of whom were thrilled to meet HSD spokesperson Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
(Photo: Marc-Antoine Hallé)


Friday, February 15, 2019 - Montreal

Breakfast with the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal

As part of Hooked on School Days, the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal was very pleased to welcome the talented Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, professional football player and holder of a medical degree from McGill University. He is the spokesperson of HSD 2019.

During an exclusive breakfast event, Duvernay-Tardif and Émilie Dutil-Bruneau (belairdirect) discussed how businesses and individuals can help encourage young people to stay in school. The discussion was emceed by Serge Vallières (TACT Intelligence-Conseil). 


Friday, February 15, 2019 - Montreal

Presentation by minister Jean-François Roberge at the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal luncheon event

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif attended a speech by the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jean-François Roberge, at the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal as part of Hooked on School Days.



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