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Gala highlights rural youth

Area young people and their involvement in their respective communities were in the spotlight on May 26 during the 11th edition of the Rural Youth Gala.

The annual celebration, which took place at the Sainte-Barbe Cultural Centre, recognized the contributions and initiative of over 50 young people between the ages of 6 and 24 years, who excelled in one of several categories in the past year. Nominations were submitted by adults earlier in the year, and a jury selected several winners and honourable mentions in each category.

The winners in the Volunteer or Citizen Involvement category included Alexis Goulet, the Parlement Scolaire de l’École Centrale St-Antoine-Abbe, and Addison Wallace, while an honourable mention was presented to Miriane Morin.

The jury highlighted the efforts of Alexandra Voizard, Océane Garand-Brault, Maélie Tremblay, and Patrick Breen in the Academic and Social Perseverance category, while honourable mentions included Yohann Brouillard, Kristina Addison, and Anthony Roy.

The prize for Cultural Action was presented to Hugo Pilon, Julien Taillefer, Maude Legault, Megan Bergevin, and Mackenzie Wattie, while the Environment category was won by Archie Cosgrove and Océane Garand-Brault.

Finally, the winners in the Resilience and Commitment in One’s Life Course category were Gabriel Deschambault, Janelle Corriveau, Marie-Andrée Deschamps, and Nikeylee Richer. The honourable mentions in the category included Shelby Duhème and Stéfy Ferland-Pelchat.
The Gala was attended by representatives from numerous area organizations as well as local politicians, including Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille, who commented in a Facebook post following the event that it was “nice to see the smiles and pride on the faces of the winners. The next generation is looking good.”

The event was organized by representatives from several local organizations, including the Maison des Jeunes de Huntingdon, the Montérégie-West Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSSMO), the MWCN, Résidence-Elle, the New Frontiers School Board, Une Affaire de Famille, and the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Huntingdon.


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