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HATS OFF TO YOU! COMPETITION

MONTREAL, APRIL 9, 2003.– Eighteen women who chose a traditionally male-dominated occupation were rewarded at the awards ceremony for the Hats Off to You! competition in the Montréal region. The winners are Nathalie Galarneau, a student in the stationary machine mechanics program at the Centre de formation professionnelle Dalbé-Viau, and Élizabeth Trinh, a student enrolled in the computer science technology program at Vanier College. Both women will each receive a cash prize of $1000.

At the secondary level, the other winners are as follows:

Cash prize of $750

  • Jean Dendy, a student in cabinet making at Rosemount Technology Centre
  • Julie Lamontagne, a student in interior systems construction at the École des métiers de la construction
  • Nancy Gamache, a student in moulding at the Centre de formation professionnelle Dalbé-Viau
  • Cash prize of $500

  • Monica Knips, a student in cabinet making at the École des métiers du meuble
  • Émilie Dubé, a student in industrial maintenance mechanics at the École des métiers du Sud-Ouest
  • Sylvie Brouillette, a student in printing at the Centre Calixa-Lavallée
  • Cash prize of $500 awarded by Emploi-Québec

  • Madeline Foster, a student in computing support at Riverside Park Technology Centre
  • Marie-Lise Rivest, a student in printing at the Centre Calixa-Lavallée
  • At the college level, the other winners are as follows:

    Cash prize of $750

  • Mélanie Laforce, a student in electronics technology at Cégep de Maisonneuve
  • Catherine Bouchard, a student in industrial electronics technology at Cégep du Vieux Montréal
  • Caroline Mathieu, a student in mechanical engineering technology at Dawson College
  • Cash prize of $500

  • Ève McSween, a student in cabinet making and millwork at Cégep du Vieux Montréal
  • Marie-Claude Thibault, a student in transportation logistics at Cégep André-Laurendeau
  • Lisandre Cadotte, a student in computer science technology at Collège Gérald-Godin
  • Cash prize of $500 awarded by Emploi-Québec

  • Kelly Roughton, a student in microcomputer technical support at John Abbott College
  • Thi Ngoc Bich Ho, a student in computer science technology at Dawson College
  • Initiated in 1996 by the Ministère de l’Éducation, the Hats Off to You! competition is intended for women enrolled in secondary school vocational and college technical programs leading to traditionally male-dominated occupations. The competition, which is held in each of Québec’s regions, is aimed at encouraging women to break out of conventional roles and choose nontraditional occupations.

    The awards ceremony for the Montréal region was held at John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on April 9, 2003. In attendance was Robert Dépatie, the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for vocational and technical education at the Ministère de l’Éducation.

    The Hats Off to You! competition continues. On May 5, 2003, provincial prizes will be awarded to regional finalists. Certain finalists in the Montréal region could very well win a second prize since they have been recommended by regional juries in various provincial categories of the competition.

    The Hats Off to You! competition was made possible thanks to the support of the following businesses and organizations: the Ministère de l’Éducation; the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation; the Ministère de l'Environnement; the Ministère des Finances, de l’Économie et de la Recherche; the Ministère des Ressources naturelles; the Ministère des Transports; the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications; the Société de la faune et des parcs du Québec; the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse; Emploi-Québec; the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec; the INEO Group; the Salon Éducation Formation Carrière; the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail; the Commission de la construction du Québec; the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec; the Centrale des syndicats du Québec; and the Confédération des syndicats nationaux du Québec.

    In the Montréal region, the competition was organized in collaboration with the Regroupement des collèges du Montréal métropolitain and the following Montréal area school boards: the Commision scolaire de Montréal, the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île, the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, the English-Montréal School Board and the Lester-B.-Pearson School Board. For the second consecutive year, the competition received the support of the Direction régionale d’Emploi-Québec, which awarded four cash prizes of $500 to women who have made a successful return to school in nontraditional programs of study.



    Michael J. Cohen
    Communications and Marketing Specialist
    English Montreal School Board
    Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
    Fax: (514) 483-7213
    E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca