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The 21K de Montréal is Canada Running Series’ flagship event in Québec. This iconic race for Montréal’s vibrant running community is welcoming participants back to the scenic routes of Parc Jean-Drapeau in April 2023!

In 2022, participants raised over $610,258 for 45 charities through the Charity Challenge, and we have even bigger goals this year!  

Participants of all levels are invited to experience the stunning scenery and tremendous energy of the 21K de Montréal. With all distances available virtually as well, participants can run their virtual race wherever they choose!


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Making early childhood a priority in Quebec

Bouncing Back Together! Because our kids have rights, too.


~ Grandsemain.com

Early Childhood Week aims to give a voice to the 512,000 children aged 5 and under in Quebec and to make early childhood development a true social priority.

Early Childhood Week is an opportunity for us as a society to stop for a moment, take a closer look at the youngest members of our community and think about what we can do, together, to help each and every one of them get the best possible start in life. Let’s make the most of this week to inspire and inform a conversation about early childhood development in Quebec, from the womb through to preschool, as we shine the spotlight on local and regional support initiatives, and engage community groups, the business world, elected officials and society as a whole. 

Early Childhood Week is an opportunity to raise awareness, encourage dialogue and advocate for early childhood development.

About Early Childhood Week

In 2009, Avenir d’enfants began actively connecting with a wide range of local and regional stakeholders around the province to address issues related to early childhood development, from the perinatal period to preschool. The Tous pour eux forum in November 2015 spoke volumes about the power of this commitment.

The idea of creating an Early Childhood Week emerged during this forum.

Thus was born a movement, bringing together engaged organizations and individuals to put issues concerning young children front and centre.

These partners are committed to making Early Childhood Week an opportunity to promote awareness, dialogue and engagement regarding the development of the very youngest members of society.

Main Objective

Make early childhood development a priority for Quebec and provide every child, from the womb until age 5, with the means to realize their full potential.


  • Provide information on how young children are faring in our society. 
  • Raise awareness at every level of society about the benefits and outcomes of taking collective action in the early years of a child’s life. 
  • Engage people at every level of society and emphasize the importance of early intervention. 
  • Shine the spotlight on achievements by various stakeholders in nurturing the development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Knock down silos and better connect with vulnerable families throughout the early childhood periods, from conception to age 5.
  • Put winning conditions in place to implement public policies and programs conducive to early childhood development and family well-being. 

~ Grandsemain.com

The Learning Exchange | TLE

Through project funding, TLE will be visiting schools and daycares in the community to promote family literacy. Thousands of books and parent/family support will be offered to families in the community over the year. All books, events and resources are FREE to Laval families with children 0-12 years of age!

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A Thousand NO’s is a story about perseverance and innovation. It shows what amazing things can happen if we work with others and don’t give up, and teaches us not to let expectations of how things should be get in the way of what could be.

~ A story by DJ Corchin

Eric Hoffer Award for Best Children’s Book!

A growth mindset story of resilience, grit, and creativity. 

A Thousand NO’s – Everyone has ideas!

How do we work with others to make our ideas better than we ever could have expected? DJ engages participants around creativity and the very real experience of having someone say NO to your idea. Not only does DJ read his book A Thousand NO’s, but also discusses his journey to being an author, how he had to live the lesson of A Thousand NO’s and work with others to change his original idea, and introduces creative exercises to be able to practice idea growing. It promises to be a fun and meaningful 45 min session on growth mindset and the power of wonderment!

About DJ Corchin 

DJ Corchin is an author and illustrator of many children’s books. He uses his unique humor and wit to focus on socially conscious messages involving kindness and emotional awareness. Some of his other titles include, Do You Speak Fish?, A Thousand NO’s, Half-Cat, and Mystical Rules For My Magical Daughter.  DJ has both illustrated his own stories as well as worked with other talented artists such as award winning-illustrator and writer, Dan Dougherty.

Hooked on School Days

DJ Corchin comes to The Learning Exchange for virtual visits

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It’s Storytime in the Laval community!
Storytime events take place in the evenings making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers. Participants are also encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat is always on hand to greet and interact with the families!

There are lots of fun stations to visit:

  • Making a bookmark
  • Interactive stories in the reading tent
  • Word and alphabet puzzles
  • Exchange-a-Book
  • Story Wall drawings
  • Pick-a-Book
  • For parents: Creating a Writing Kit | Two kits are given via raffle

Past visits:

Hillcrest Academy

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Twin Oaks Elementary

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Souvenir Elementary

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TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

JOIN US! Eileen Cook will be at The Learning Exchange/CDC Vimont on Tuesday May 8th for a morning and an afternoon session. Eileen’s books will be given as prizes and Eileen will sign all book prizes!

About Book Week


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, THE HANGING GIRL, came out in October 2017. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.

Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.



With Malice

  • Finalist for the 2017 Amy Mather Teen Book Award


“Eileen’s energy and passion never flagged, the quality of her last workshop equaled the high quality of her first.”

—Librarian, Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen’s humour, expertise and pacing is respected and appreciated by teens and teachers alike.”

—Teacher, Earl Marriott Secondary

“Teen Services at Vancouver Public Library has hosted Eileen on several occasions since 2011 and we have always been impressed by her enthusiasm, professionalism, and ability to captivate a young audience. We have hosted her both as a workshop leader and a keynote speaker. Her workshops are always funny, full of great stories that are entertaining, convey knowledge and wisdom, and are age appropriate.”

—Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen was an engaging presenter who enthusiastically entertained and informed our students. Her humour has the students giggling and her interactive presentation had students talking, moving and playing. It is not always easy to engage teenagers: Eileen was able to do just that.”

—Librarian, Richmond School District

“Mrs. Cook was very gracious and funny, answering all questions in a kid-friendly way.  One student even went home after the visit and was inspired to start her own story.”

—Teacher, Bellevue School District

“Eileen is the quintessential writer’s editor pithy, succinct, and with a brilliant eye for detail.”

—Kc Dyer author of Amazon bestselling Finding Fraser

“Eileen helped me focus my writing, streamline my scenes, and quicken my pacing. Her guidance and advice along the way, her generosity, and her amazing ability to kill my darlings (when I couldn’t) make her invaluable.”

—Kelly Charron, author of Pretty Wicked

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The smoothie challenge was a huge success. 10 participants prepared their best smoothie for the pleasure of all our tasters.  58 votes were compiled in a very close race for the most liked smoothie.  The 10 recipes were also analyzed by our nutrition expert Eric Brûlé Champagne. Eric was looking for fibers, protein, fruits and vegetables, minimal added sugar and good type of fat. Bonus points were also attributed for Omega 3. Each smoothie received a note on 10 based on these criteria. This result was added to the number of votes to determine the Grand Winner: Nathifa Trovini.

Here are the details of the results:

Smoothie taste # Participant Votes on taste Nutrition Score /10 Total  Position
#4 Nathifa 10 8 18 1
#7 Por Sok et Yun Yu 9 7 16 2
#9 Rahman 7 7 14 3
#10 Michelle 7 7 14 3
#5 Camelia 5 9 14 3
#3 Suellen 8 5 13 4
#2 Hooma 5 8 13 4
#6 Assmaa 3 8 11 5
#8 Maitri 2 9 11 5
#1 Dorina 2 9 11 5

Le défi smoothie a été très réussi. 10 participants ont démontré leur talent culinaires en préparant un smoothie vitaminé pour le plus grand plaisir des goûteurs. Il y a eu un total de 58 votes qui ont été compilés dans une chaude lutte pour la première place. Les 10 recettes ont été analysées par l’expert en nutrition Éric Brûlé Champagne. Éric était à la recherche de fibres, protéines, fruits et légumes, une quantité réduite de sucre et l’absence de mauvais gras. Des points bonis étaient accordés pour la présence d’oméga 3. Chaque smoothie a reçu une note sur 10 qui a été additionnée au nombre de votes pour déterminer la grande gagnante : Nathifa Trovini. Félicitations Nathifa!

A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by
regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative


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Join TLE April 15th-21st, 2018 to recognize the contributions of TLE’s volunteers in our community.

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.This year’s theme by Volunteer Canada is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to finding deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all.

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Gumboots session April 16th will kickoff Adult Learner’s Week!


Join Just Aissi for a truly unique and fun workshop combining exercise, rhythm and percussion as well as the genesis of Gumboots, its origins and story. Fun is Guaranteed!

Choreographer and percussionist for 20 years, Just Aissi taught at the School Dance Louise Lapierre, at Vanier College, Montmorency College and the University of Montreal.

Passionate about African culture and thirsty to share it to the public, Just Aissi is convinced that culture is an essential ingredient for the well-being and identity of every society. This is the reason that Just Aïssi was successfully able to promote the finest arts of the African scene across Canada. A true ambassador of his cultural heritage, he decided to share his values through dance and percussion.



He invites you essentially, to discover the Gumboots, a first influence of Stomp. It is a discipline where the body becomes a musical instrument, where the eyes are the lyrics and dance, a medium of communication. He is ready to share his passion for this discipline that has as languages: music, rhythm and gesture. He offers you his creativity and ability to develop and communicate original concepts that will capture all, regardless of age.

This is a sort of African percussive dance practiced with rubber boots. In general, all the dancers wear this kind of boots, perform a dance on the rhythm of percussions and sings. The beauty stays in harmony of gestures and the sound of boots : everything must match. Gumboots practice requires concentration, listening to each other and audacity to express themselves aloud. During the workshop, you will be introduced to basic movements of this art.


Good for health

Allows you to perform memory

Enhances the ability to concentrate

Enhances the ability to listen to others

Enhances the ability to work in teams

Enhances the ability to communicate

Enhances the ability to persevere

Enhances the ability to manage stress

Enhances the ability to listen to oneself

Helps develop a musical sense rhythm

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