Operation Back to School: nine students rewarded for their determination and perseverance at school

As part of the 25th edition of Operation Back to School, the Chamber and its partners are pleased to award nine scholarships to high school students who have distinguished themselves at school.

What is Operation Back to School?

The Chamber, through its affiliate Montréal Relève, has been committed to school retention for over 25 years, particularly through its Operation Back to School program. Through a series of free conferences by businesspeople in high schools, the goal of the program is to make young people aware of the importance of education and encourage them to persevere in their studies to guarantee a better future.

Over the years, more than 4,300 businesspeople have gone back to school to share their experience and passion with close to 165,500 high school students and encourage them to continue their studies.

After participating in Operation Back to School, teachers can nominate a student from their group who stands out for their diligence and determination, to receive a stay-in-school scholarship of $1,500.

"The past school year has been filled with challenges for youth. Hybrid teaching required a great deal of adaptation and flexibility from students. More than ever, we need to support and encourage them, and remind them of the importance of staying in school for their personal and professional lives. A skilled, engaged succession will offer opportunities for building a more inclusive, prosperous future that we know will benefit all of society."Shahir Guindi, Chair of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

"With the Operation Back to School program and the scholarships, we want to create positive change in the lives of young people and recognize their commitment to success in school. This is even more important given the current context, when remote teaching required by the health crisis added complexity to the learning process for students." – Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Meet the recipients for the 2020 edition!

Thanks to the support of Operation Back to School ambassadors – CN, Osler, RBC, the CPA de Montréal, Rio Tinto, ADM Aéroports de Montréal, JA Québec and Montreal Hooked on School – this year the Chamber awarded nine $1,500 scholarships to students who have distinguished themselves for their commitment and efforts in school. These scholarships enable recipients to continue their studies in the professional, technical, or university program of their choice.

Dyene Kaba

A student at École secondaire Édouard-Montpetit, Dyene Kaba is a diligent, persevering, motivated student who has distinguished herself for her clear interest in school and deep desire to advance.

Johan Reynaldo Montoya

Johan Reynaldo Montoya, who attends École secondaire Édouard-Montpetit, is a student with enormous potential who has demonstrated his ability to identify and adopt the keys to success in school.

Yani Wing Sum Chan

Yani Wing Sum Chan, a student at Centennial High School, is studious, disciplined and destined for long post-secondary studies. Yani is highly involved in school life and extracurricular activities.

Wilenka Destiny Dasmé

Wilenka Destiny Dasmé, a student at École secondaire Calixa-Lavallée, is extremely dedicated. She has a particular thirst for learning. Her humility and ability to use the tools she is taught make her a model of perseverance.

Aboud Abdalnour

Aboud Abdalnour is a dedicated, determined student at École secondaire Marie-Anne who is very sociable. He constantly strives to improve and has a deep desire to serve the community.

Lili-Charlotte Mayer

Lili-Charlotte Mayer, a student at École secondaire Saint-Georges, is good-humoured and kind. She has a great deal of intellectual curiosity and redoubles her efforts when necessary. Her passion for the arts drives her to constantly excel.

Deni Alitzel Bautista Cruz

Deni Alitzel Bautista Cruz, a student at the École secondaire Marguerite-De Lajemmerais, is multitalented. She stands out for her determination and adaptability. Because of her diligence and discipline, she is a model of perseverance for students in the welcoming class.

Joël Mateus

Joël Mateus, a student at École secondaire Marguerite-De Lajemmerais, is conscientious and talented, as well as modest and respectful. Curious, passionate and with a good sense of humour, he wants to work in the business world.

Karla Elizabeth Ordonez Iglesias

Karla Ordonez, a student at École secondaire Calixa-Lavallée, is a serious student with a keen sense of order and organization. She is determined and sets ambitious goals and puts into action advice she is given to succeed. Karla has a promising academic future.

Congratulations to the recipients!

About Operation Back to School

Operation Back to School is an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and its affiliate Montréal Relève, which enables the annual organization of a series of free conferences in Greater Montréal high schools. The program is made possible through the participation of its Gold ambassadors: CN, Osler and RBC; as well as its Silver ambassadors: the CPA de Montréal, Rio Tinto and ADM Aéroports de Montréal. Operation Back to School is produced in cooperation with its association partners: JA Québec and Montreal Hooked on School.

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