|LAURIER MACDONALD STUDENT GOES THE EXRA MILE FOR THE CAUSE OF MISSING CHILDREN|
MONTREAL, JUNE 8, 2015 - Secondary V International Baccalaureate student Eryka Lafleur-Smith from Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard focused on the 30th anniversary of Enfant Retour Quebec (The Missing Children’s Network) for her end of year project.
Eryka decided to take it upon herself to create and organize a program in honour of all the missing children. Two and half years ago, she participated in an event entitled Voices for the Missing. She was one of the selected youth who took part and provided a voice for Marilyn Bergeron, who went missing in Quebec City in 2009. Her 24th birthday was on February 27. On her own Eryka created a painting and developed a speech in honour of Marilyn. This inspired her to take a more active role.
On May 25 Eryka organized a fundraising soccer tournament which involved several EMSB high schools. “The goal of my event was to try and provide students and adults with the same amazing feeling I got when I learned about all the missing children and what their parents go through daily,” she said. “I also wish to spread awareness among youth in schools. This is truly something important and a cause that I really believe can change so many lives in a positive manner, just like it did mine.”
Eryka welcomed the parents of Marilyn Bergeron, Michel Bergeron and Andrée Béchard, to the event.
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Michael J. Cohen