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Huntingdon Learning Centre launches book written by student

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Jean-Pierre Mack is unlike any other student. After growing up illiterate, he courageously learned to read and write as an adult through sheer self-determination and with the support and dedication of the staff at the Huntingdon Learning Centre.

Now in his mid-60s, Mack has written an autobiographical book. It reflects on his difficult upbringing, which was marked by abandonment and rejection that led to alcoholism, and his journey to sobriety in the Haut-Saint-Laurent. “I worked hard to be able to read and write,” he says, while crediting the fact he now enjoys a good quality of life to “36 years of sobriety, and to some caring people who have helped me throughout my life.”

The book, entitled Un petit pas à la fois, is nearly 80 pages long and includes photographs. It was ceremoniously launched on May 4 at the Huntingdon Learning Centre, where Mack was surrounded by proud teachers Nadia Debabbi and André Lachance, and the centre director, Renée Guernon. The book is available in exchange for a donation at the Huntingdon Learning Centre.

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