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The Learning Exchange’s Health and Wellness campaign may be over but you can revisit the topics presented weekly by Pheleshia. Take a listen to the informative podcasts or read and learn about the themes. Enjoy!

Pheleshia is a teacher and has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Counselling: Special Needs. She is a Certified Canadian Yoga Alliance-Registered Yoga Teacher | CYA-RYT650 certified.

Meet Pheleshia

Pheleshia is passionate about plants, the stars and mostly about all aspects of health: Emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical. She is a traditional herbalist and promotes a holistic and global health perspective in her teaching and practice of yoga. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years and did her yoga teacher training with Dr. Madan Bali.

As a lifelong learner she has since completed the following yoga teacher training: Yogathérapie: Anatomie avancée, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Yin, Usage des outils et supports, Yoga Prénatal & Postnatal, yoga aérien (with 700 hours teaching aerial) et Enseignant guérisseur and is currently completing her training as a birth doula. She is CYA-RYT650 certified.

~ Take hold of your health

Yoga sessions

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Enjoy these podcast episodes from TLE’s Power of Podcast project.

An interview with Anthony Leroy of the Stepford Wolves about his mental health journey and making music. Warning: discussion about depression and suicide.  If you or someone you know, is experiencing a crisis, there is help. Speak with someone today. Canada Suicide Prevention Service | Hours: 24/7/365 | 833-456-4566

Tys Burger Interviews Sable Walsh in front of a live zoom audience about her song, It’s Under Your Couch. They talk about the music industry, what music can do for mental health, and the process of writing a song. 

In this episode we meet Laura Bardsley, the musician behind Punctï. Laura has been releasing an album every month for the past 4 years, and has some insightful things to say about making music, not being too self-critical, and letting yourself do what you love. 

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The Lea Roback Foundation seeks to promote education as a means for the self-realization and emancipation of everyone and to financially support women who wish to further their education.

2021-2022 Scholarships


Women, who live in the Province of Quebec, who have financial needs and who are socially committed.


General scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,500; while the Madeleine-Parent and Hélène-Pedneault scholarships are $2,000 each, and at times, the latter can be awarded in conjunction with a general scholarship.


The eligible candidates are required to pursue their studies in the Province of Quebec, and the foregoing can go from literacy programs to undergraduate university studies inclusively.


April 1, 2021: Deadline for submitting an application
Before June 15, 2021:
The Foundation will inform the candidates of who will be receiving a scholarship.
Before August 20, 2021:
The retained candidates must send in a confirmation of their registration and Social Insurance Number (SIN). This formality is indispensable in order to receive the scholarship.


Carefully read the instructions indicated on the site and on the form. Complete the form. You can choose between:

  • On line form must be completed in one session. It is important to have the following documents saved in PDF: CV (2 pages), 2 reference letters and letter of the candidate. We therefore recommend to use this form.
  • Word Form is available. You can download and print. Send in the form and the documents prior to the deadline.

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Attention students of CDC Vimont and Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board (SWLSB)! Are you a budding artist, enjoy illustrating, drawing or sketching? Enter the SWLSB wall calendar artwork contest!

SWLSB 2020 Artwork Contest Rules


My Favorite Wellness Activity. Students, what is your favorite activity? It can be a sport, an activity or a hobby – something that keeps you active and makes you happy. We need you to illustrate through this contest. 


 Be a student of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. 

 Entry forms must be completed and signed by a parent or a legal guardian; 

 Your artwork must have a title and respect the requirements; 

 Send the completed entry form before Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4 p.m. ABSOLUTELY NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE. 

Please coordinate with your internal courier to have them received in our office on time. 


Painting or Drawing (all techniques are accepted) 

 Original piece is required, please do not scan them in

 All artwork must be provided using the template ONLY; 

 Must be colourful and clear for easy reproduction – avoid black or dark backgrounds; 

 Must not be rolled or folded; 

 Due to the volume of entries received, no artwork will be returned. 


 The Principal or teacher must submit the artwork of the student and the completed entry form by internal mail, to: 


Susan O’Keeffe, Communications Services 

235, Montée Lesage 

Rosemère, QC J7A 4Y6 

 Only entries received by Friday, April 24, 2020, 4 p.m., will be eligible. Only the artwork that respects the theme will be eligible. Any artwork judged to be defamatory or not on subject will be disqualified. 

 The contestant authorizes the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board to publish, reproduce and use its artwork without any compensation. 

 The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will not be responsible for any lost, late, damaged, misrouted or destroyed artwork or entry form or for typographic, written or production errors. 

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Are you, or do you know, dynamic English-speaking youth between the ages of 18 and 26 who:

  • Identify as members of the English-speaking community
  • Want to deepen their understanding of how Quebec society works
  • Are passionate about working with their peers to bring about positive change?

For the fourth year in a row, Bishop’s University is inviting English-speaking youth from across the province to participate in the Bishop’s Forum, a week-long civic engagement event opportunity aimed at raising questions and addressing issues affecting Quebec’s English-speaking community.

From August 8th to 13th, Quebecers aged 18-26 will gather on Bishop’s campus in Sherbrooke for this unique civic leadership institute.

Participants will connect with engaged and passionate youth from across the province and will meet and network with guest speakers who will inspire them to become leaders of change in their own communities. 

The event is funded by the Government of Quebec as part of its Stratégie d’action jeunesse 2016-2021

If you know a young person who fits the criteria above, please encourage them to apply to attend the Bishop’s Forum. Registration can be done online at https://bishopsforum.ubishops.ca/registration/.

The event is free of charge. Travel to and from Bishop’s University and accommodations on campus are covered.

Registration deadline: May 15, 2020

Do you have questions or are you looking for more information? Contact bishopsforum@UBishops.ca, or visit our website at http://bishopsforum.ubishops.ca/ for a look at last year’s program.

Follow us on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubishopsforum/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bishopsforum/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BishopsForum

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This year’s theme, Our actions, a + in their success highlights the diversity of actors and tangible gestures which can have a positive impact on a youth’s determination, perseverance and school success throughout his or her life.  Recognizing the power each and every one of us possess to make a difference in the effort to promote school perseverance and educational success, the campaign aims to celebrate all of the different actions, people, organizations, activities and projects that are a + in youth’s successes.

Hooked on School Days 2019

Looking for a way to incorporate this year’s Hooked on School Days into your curriculum? Check these available resources! Try these activity ideas.

A+ School Perseverance Sticky Notes | Wall Mural

Use sticky notes or ask The Learning Exchange for some A+ postcards.

Ask students to think about:  School perseverance is
Have the students write their ideas and thoughts on sticky notes to create a wall mural (add notes to the designated area in the school).

A+ Photo

After creating sticky notes for the wall, you can also take pictures of students with their papers. The photo can be published on social media, or even added to the school wall mural. #HookedonSchoolDaysVimont

My qualities, my +’s

Enlarge and print the large plus sign made up of small +’s. Have students write things like the qualities they are most proud of or the challenges they have overcome inside the small +’s.

This year, I will make a gesture.

Have students publish a post to social media in support of school perseverance and Hooked on School Days, mentioning goals, a gesture or action they will make this year. #HookedonSchoolDaysVimont

Student Certificates

Give perseverance certificates to your students to recognize their efforts. The Learning Exchange has

All the +’s around me

Enlarge and print the large plus sign made up of small +’s. Have students write the names of the people who make them feel good at school and help them learn, along with a quality of that person in 1, 2, 3, or 5 plus signs. Display them all together on the school wall mural.

Downloadable materials :


Thanks for being my +

Have students write a letter or make a note their parents, family member, instructor, teacher, or tutor for a gesture that made them feel good.

The quality I like about you

Every student is given a “+”. Have them write the name of a friend on it, along with a quality they appreciate about that person. The +’s can then added to the school wall mural of the class’s qualities.

Tree of Perseverance

This is an opportunity to help your students understand that there’s no shame in admitting they have trouble at school. The important thing is to learn and, with the support of your friends and family, to overcome challenges.

Draw a large tree on the board with three branches but no leaves. Introduce it as the tree of perseverance. Explain that the leaves grow when they, the students, make an effort to succeed, with the help of their friends and family.

Have the students identify the challenges they face at school. These challenges may involve learning, but they may also be on the social or family level. Have each student draw 15 leaves (or use those to be cut out provided in this file).

See complete activity instructions

Symbolism of the Hooked on School Days ribbon

TLE and CDC Vimont have pins, ribbons, postcards, posters and certificates available. Ask Darlene or Karen!

The green and white ribbon symbolizes a value, a commitment to staying in school. Green stands for youth and hope. It represents young people, who need to be recognized and acknowledged in order to stay in school. White, a blend of all colours, represents the community which contributes to the development of its young people. The intertwining of the two ribbons illustrates the ties that unite young people and the community. The loop, open‐ended, holds the promise of a better future.

Wearing the Hooked on School ribbon shows your commitment to support young people in their efforts and in their educational success.

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Following this last challenge, we proceeded with the draw for the Fitbit 2. Marco Papaleo won the Fitbit. We then had a draw amongst all the participants of the different challenges and the following 4 students won a 25$ gift card at Walmart: Terrian Julien, Mark Leisk, Jessica Marshall and Markus Holak Pereira. Congratulations to all the winners.

The CDC Gets Fit Challenge was a huge success with the participation of all the students in the centre. Students made the right choice of taking the stairs instead of the elevator, they were invited to stay active, they were informed and invited to bring healthy lunches to school. They had the chance to taste and compare healthy smoothies and snacks. We are hoping that the CDC population will keep up the good habits of staying active and eating healthy food.  Thank you to all the participants and to TLE for making this event possible.




Suite à ce défi, nous avons procédé au tirage de la montre Fitbit 2. C’est Marco Papaleo qui a gagné la montre. Nous avons ensuite fait tirer, parmi les participants de tous les défis, quatre cartes cadeau au montant de 25$ pour le magasin Walmart, lesquels ont été gagnés par les élèves suivants: Terrian Julien, Mark Leisk, Jessica Marshall and Markus Holak Pereira. Félicitations à tous les gagnants!

Le Défi CDC en Forme a été une réussite avec la participation de tous les élèves du centre. Les élèves ont choisi leur santé en demeurant actif et en mangeant mieux. Espérons qu’ils garderont ces bonnes habitudes. Merci à tous les participants, aux organisateurs et à TLE d’avoir rendu possible cet événement.

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


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This week again we had a very YUMMY challenge on Thursday. The students were asked to bake their best recipe of healthy muffin or granola bar. Three students (Jasel, Kassidy and Terrian) and 2 teachers (Daniel and Marie-Chantale) showed their baking skills in a very tight tasting race. Around 40 students tasted all 5 healthy bites and voted for their favorite. The recipes were analyzed by our nutritionist Eric and given a note on 10.

Kassidy won the challenge with the most vote but Marie-Chantale came in just before because her granola bar were the healthiest of all the snacks. Congratulations to all the participants!

For the last week of our challenge, participants need to prepare a healthier version of their favorite dessert. Here are some healthy tips to follow:

  • Add nuts, seeds, Greek yogourt, or beans to your desserts for some extra protein.
  • Hide some vegetables in your recipe – zucchini works in most cakes, carrot cake is also a classic, and beets can add a nice red colour to your red-velvet cake (which can taste even better with Greek yogourt icing on top!)
  • Don’t fall for the natural sugar trap – sugar, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, agave syrup (the list goes on…) are all mostly non-nutritive. Try adding applesauce, dates puree or banana to sweeten the recipe while adding some extra nutritional value!
  • Try using avocado or simply olive/canola oil instead of butter for more unsaturated fats. Or add some walnuts or flaxseed for extra omega 3 content. Did you know eggs can be replaced by flax “eggs” – 1 tbsp ground flax seed mixed in 3 tbsp of water?

Cette semaine, nous avons eu un délicieux défi jeudi alors que les participants devaient préparer une collation santé. Trois élèves (Jasel, Kassidy and Terrian) et 2 enseignants (Daniel and Marie-Chantale) ont préparé leur meilleur muffin et barre collation. Environ 40 élèves ont goûté et voté pour leur collation favorite. Les recettes ont ensuite été évaluée par le nutritionniste Éric et ont reçu une note sur 10.

Kassidy a gagné le défi avec le plus grand nombre de vote. C’est toutefois Marie-Chantale qui a reçu la meilleure note et seulement un vote de moins. Félicitations è tous les participants!

La semaine prochaine sera celle de notre dernier défi santé où les participants devront préparer une version plus santé de leur dessert préféré. Voici quelques astuces à suivre :

  • Ajoutez des noix, des graines, du yogourt grec ou des fèves pour un supplément de protéines.
  • Mettez-y des légumes (en cachette) : les zucchinis peuvent être ajoutés à plusieurs desserts, le gâteau aux carottes est un classique et les betteraves peuvent ajouter une jolie couleur à vos gâteaux « Red velvet », gâteau qui est délicieux avec un glaçage au yogourt grec.
  • Ne tombez pas dans le piège des sucres naturels tels que le miel, le sirop d’agave, le sucre de coco et le sirop d’érable et bien d’autres, lesquels n’ont que très peu de valeur nutritive. Utilisez plutôt de la compote de pommes, de la purée de bananes ou de dattes pour sucrer vos recettes en plus d’ajouter une valeur nutritive.
  • Finalement, utiliser l’avocat ou une huile d’olive ou canola au lieu du beurre pour une meilleure source de gras non saturés. Ou ajoutez des noix de Grenoble et des graines de lin pour un apport en omega 3. Les œufs peuvent être remplacés par un mélange de 1 cuillérée à table de graines de lins et 3 cuillérées à table d’eau.

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


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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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Balance – 16 participants measured their balance skills in a very challenging sequence of balance exercises: good leg, bad leg, open and closed eyes, arabesque, and so on. Participants were eliminated as the challenge was getting more difficult. The big winner was Yun Yu. Congratulations to her! Thrin and Por were in a tight race for the Queen of balance title.

Jump Rope – A total of 14 participants showed up their jumping skills in a 1 minute challenge. Some were jumping high others were jumping fast and others had a style of their own.  The big winner in the Woman Category was Yumei  (117) and in the men category was Jason (132).  Bravo also to Shafiq (120) and Kosta (118) for their impressive performance.

All participants earned raffle tickets to win the Fitbit 2 and the winners received a 20$ gift card from President’s Choice.

The next challenge is the Smoothie Challenge tomorrow Thursday April 26th. Join us at 1:00 p.m. to taste the smoothies and vote for your favorite! #CDCGetsFit

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Équilibre – Le défi Équilibre a connu un franc succès avec 16 participants qui ont relevé le très difficile défi d’équilibre : sur la jambe dominante puis l’autre, les yeux ouverts et fermés, jambe levée puis l’arabesque. Les participants ont été éliminés au fur et à mesure que le niveau de difficulté augmentait, dès qu’ils posaient le pied au sol. Félicitations à notre grande gagnante est Yun Yu! Mentions spéciales à Trinh et Por qui ont donné une chaude lutte pour se mériter le titre de Reine de l’équilibre.

Corde à sauter – Un total de 14 participants ont démontré leurs habilités à sauter à la corde au défi de 60 secondes. Certains sautaient très haut et d’autres très vite. Chacun avait son propre style et sa technique. La grande gagnante pour les femmes est Yumei (117 sauts) alors que Jason (132)  a gagné dans la catégorie des hommes. Félicitations aux gagnants! Bravo également à Shafiq (120) et à Kosta (118) qui ont donné une performance impressionnante.

Tous les participants ont gagné des billets de tirage pour courir la chance de gagner un Fitbit 2 and les gagnants sont repartis avec une carte-cadeau de 20$ chez les marchands de President Choice.

Le prochain défi aura lieu demain le jeudi 26 avril à 13h00. Venez à la cafétéria pour goûter les smoothies de vos collègues et voter pour votre favori! #CDCEnForme


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