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Last chance to nominate candidates for Rural Youth Gala

Earlier this year the nomination period opened for the 2024 Rural Youth Gala, an event organized by the Maison des Jeunes in Huntingdon. This will be the 13th annual gala celebrating the contributions to their community of Valley residents aged 6 to 24. Nominations are open until April 17, and the gala itself will take place in Saint-Chrysostome on May 30.

The awards are divided into six categories: volunteer or citizen involvement, positive lifestyle habits, academic and social perseverance, environment, cultural action, and resilience and commitment to one’s life journey. To be eligible to be nominated, one must live in the Haut-Saint-Laurent and meet the age requirements. Bursaries will be awarded to the winners.

The night of the gala will also feature a talent show. The performers will all be École Arthur Pigeon students and they will demonstrate various talents like singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Students auditioned for this portion of the evening at the beginning of April.

Megan L’Heureux, a community development agent for the New Frontiers School Board, shares that this gala is “an event to bring both French and English together and to highlight everyone’s successes. There are so many youth involved in their communities, and this is a great way to recognize them.” Everyone has a chance to be celebrated at this gala.

Nominations must be completed by an adult. The nomination form can be found on the Facebook page called Gala jeunesse rurale – Rural Youth Gala. Once completed, it can be emailed to or brought directly to Maison des Jeunes Huntingdon.

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