École Pierre-Dupuy: a mixed memory for the 10 graduates

École Pierre-Dupuy: a mixed memory for the 10 graduates


In 2017, Le Journal profiled a dozen graduates from an unloved school in Montreal. We have documented their journey for 5 years.

With hindsight, half of the 10 graduates that Le Journal followed for 5 years take a severe or mixed view of their secondary school, while the others praise its qualities.

“I'm even more critical than before […] I'm sorry, but they have scabs to eat,” insists Eugénie-Laurence Fafard-Drareni, who feels under-stimulated during the two years she spent at Pierre-Dupuy.  

She remembers missing many math classes…because they were too easy. 

< p>If she had to do it again, she would choose a school with a particular vocation or one that offers the international program.


Thierry Trudel Valcour, he remembers more of a flexible school, where it was possible to propose projects and where each student was important. 

But perhaps too much, nuance his sister, Jasmine. 

She was tired of the whole staff panicking and sending her a caseworker as soon as, in the slightest, she was “babooning”. 

Rafiul Haque, he tried to go to Louis-Riel in 2nd secondary. He ran back to Pierre-Dupuy after a few weeks, he says. 

For her part, Marion Caucanas was able to compare Pierre-Dupuy to a school she attended for a year in France before arriving in Quebec. And for her, it is Pierre-Dupuy and the Quebec system that take the prize. 

The graduates, however, agree on certain points for improvement. For example, it is difficult to have a wide variety of extracurricular activities given the small number of students. 

Many found the step very high when they arrived at CEGEP, especially in terms of workload.


But Pierre-Dupuy n It's no worse than other high schools, believes Bianca Goudreault-Beaupré. 

She is the only one in her primary class who has chosen to go to Pierre-Dupuy and yet she knows some who dropped out after going elsewhere. 

“It depends on the atmosphere you want”, sums up Jimmy Lam. 

“If you want to have attention and be in a small group where everyone talks to each other, this is the place. If you want an experience like in the movies, where it's noisy and there are a lot of people, no. “

Aram Mansouri is convinced that the choice of secondary school is not decisive for a person's career. 

“We live in a country where the opportunities are there […] It must come from you. If you have ambitions, you will do it. » 


Rafiul Haque has not become a professional soccer player as he dreamed, but he is on his way to becoming the youngest millionaire to graduate from the Pierre-Dupuy school. 

“I've never been as disciplined as I am right now, by far,” says the 22-year-old. have fun studying. But that time is behind him. 

“That was a child talking. Now it's: money first, fun second. »

For more than three years, he has been gaining experience as an independent and self-taught trader in the foreign exchange market. He first invested a few hundred dollars. He is now amassing a real pot.

He estimates that he will be a millionaire before his 25th birthday.

He doesn't want to reveal an amount just yet, but his brother Samiul Haque, 24, has seen the numbers. “I'm pretty sure he'll get there”, even if his family was “skeptical” at first. 

Will he then be the first Pierre-Dupuy graduate to become a millionaire? ? Surely not. But the youngest, no doubt. “In any case, the best known”, underlines the main interested party. 

Good lesson

He still lost a lot of money this year due to the war in Ukraine, which affected the markets. By the time the small losses piled up, the damage was done.

“It was especially on the mind [that it was hard]. I could have seen it coming. I thought I was a little too good. » 

It has always been his Achilles heel. Having ease in math, it was only in CEGEP that he realized that he too had to study to succeed. Each year, he learns a little more about humility. 

“He does it his way and he doesn't listen to anyone, says his brother Samiul. But he is serious. When he gets it into his head to do something, he does it. »


Rafiul is studying part-time for the bachelor's degree in economics. He works in particular as a delivery man, so as not to eat into his investments. He has not raised his standard of living. 

“I don’t like to spend. Buy me $3,000 shoes? Impossible. My heart would hurt […] I am focus on my mission. If I spend, I walk away. »

Through it all, he continues to coach soccer at Pierre-Dupuy school. He takes great pride in being in turn a mentor for young people. 

In fact, all the analogies that come out of his mouth are based on soccer. “[In finance], it’s like soccer: it’s impossible never to lose.   

Quote from 2017

“I know that I am beautiful. Ask all the girls in the class: they know that I know. »

Reaction of 2022

“It was a bit daring. I looked back at my photos and I wasn't that good looking. I don't know what I thought […] I acted like I had a camera on me. » 



Bianca Goudreault-Beaupré was one to foxer his PE class at school. She now builds workout programs for others. 

She has just completed her first year of a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. However, she never considered herself a great sportswoman. 

“Me, in high school, I foxed my education classes. Well, I must say that I foxed them to go to the gym… »

The gym has been part of his lifestyle for years, because, at the beginning of the adolescence, she began to dislike her body. She wore loose clothes, avoided putting on a bathing suit.

Over the years, she realized that it was mostly a matter of perception. “It's not my physique [the problem]. It's me who has a problem with me, ”she concluded at the age of 18.

For more than five years, her boyfriend, Idan Gavriel Savu, 23, has accompanied her in her “ups and downs,” does her best to support her.

“It's disturbing and sometimes it annoys me a little,” he admits, laughing. I don't understand why she doesn't just take advantage […] I tell her all the time: when you're going to be 40 or 50, you're going to look back and you're going to say: yeah, good. »

Bianca started a technique in rehabilitation at CEGEP. At that time, the university seemed to her something inaccessible, in particular because she thought that it was too expensive. 

After a lot of questions, the end of CEGEP in human sciences and a short stint in psycho-education, she is back to her old loves. And this time, it is indeed at the university. She even plans to do a master's degree in order to have as much credibility as possible in the rehabilitation community. 

Her mother, Nathalie Goudreault, always knew that her daughter would go far. But to the point where she thinks of graduate studies? “That surprised me. I'm so proud of her. »

No Judgment 

Bianca would see herself working with people who need to get back in shape, if only to walk their dog, or after an operation. 

She has always been interested in counseling. She also works part-time in a shelter for the homeless. 

“I will never have a look of judgment on others. But towards myself… It's more difficult.

Quote of 2020

“I went from the determined girl to the lost girl, who tries a lot of things. »

Reaction of 2022

“I don't feel so lost anymore. I feel like an explorer.  


“Hey, we're not a different kind of human beings”, wants to launch Eugénie-Laurence Fafard-Drareni to those who consider her academic excellence as an exception.

“It annoys me when people say to me: “Ah, but you are an exception . People who come from [a disadvantaged background] do not go there”. »

“If I had a young person in front of me who is in the same situation, I would say to him: you know what? It's not where you come from that determines how far you can go. »

At only 22 years old, Eugénie-Laurence has already visited 30 countries. She has a law degree. She could register for the Bar exams to be a lawyer. 

Next fall, she will begin a dual-degree master's program in international law that will lead her to a semester in Bordeaux, France . 

So she didn't lie when, at 16, she said she liked to learn. For her, education “is not a means, but an end in itself”. 

“She is a fanatic. That's what's nice to see […] She doesn't let herself be held back,” says her childhood friend, 20-year-old Jean-Sébastien Poirier.

Less explosive< /strong>

When she entered Pierre-Dupuy, in secondary 4, she was in her third school. She lived in low-rent housing with her mother, who was on social assistance.

“I'm either loved a lot or not at all”, she said at the time. 

Today, she believes that her constant need for validation was tinting the portrait. 

“I thought the world revolved around me. But actually, people shouldn't give a damn, she laughs. »

She learned to silence the voices that told her to shut up, to choose her fights and the right level of intensity, while remaining a woman of convictions who does not have her tongue in her pocket.


In CEGEP, she was active in a political party. In college, she was a student representative. She wants to participate in building a better world for women, immigrants, the homeless. 

Her mother, Naouel Drareni, 49, works at the local McDo. For years, she distributed resumes to find a job, to no avail.

“I think she saw me sad, a little,” she recalls. 

In her family, there are academics, explains Ms. Drareni. 

“It's just that I had learning problems.

This is not the case for his daughter. “I often told him: at the time of the distribution, the Good Lord gave you everything. »

Quote from 2017

« I am a child, I am not ready […] I would like to stay at my age. »

Reaction of 2022

“I don't want to stay my age anymore. But I don't think I'll be an adult one day, in the “metro-work-sleep” sense of the term […] It's not so much the physical sedentary lifestyle [that I want to avoid]. It is the sedentariness of the mind.  


“My mother is my role model,” said Zayane Valcour five years ago. Today, she is the one who gives him tips and suggests educational tools. 

She always wanted to become a kindergarten teacher. After two years of university, many hours of internships and periods of substitution, her choice was confirmed. 

“I stayed true to myself”, says the 22-year-old young woman .

From mother to daughter

It must be said that she knew what to expect: her mother is herself an elementary school teacher.&nbsp ;

“It’s funny because my mom had a kindergarten class this year. We helped each other, she asked me for advice”, her notions of pedagogy being all fresh in her memory. 

Not only did Zayane do substitutions at her mother's school this spring, she even replaced his mother in his class. 

“I am privileged, says Françoise Lafortune, 42 years old. I don't think a lot of people see that [their child working in their field]. I find this beautiful. »

The age difference between the two is not very great, since Mrs. Lafortune was only 19 when she gave birth to him. 

“When I was young, I used to say : I too want to have a child at 19 [like my mother]. My grandmother just said to me: well no! says Zayane, laughing.

Quiet river

The long quiet river of his journey was still punctuated by some doubts, as when in the midst of a pandemic, she found herself alone in front of a class for the first time. “I would come home and cry. »

Or, when she replaces in 6th grade. “I like them small, but older, I don't know…”, she says with a touch of irony.

“It takes perseverance”, testifies her friend, Juliane Mélançon, who studies in the same program.

Zayane is not only sweet and studious. She is also an outstanding confidante to whom she can turn even in situations in which others would judge her, assures her friend.

Quote from 2017

“It's really cliché, but [in my first secondary school, in La Pocatière] the guys were talking about skidoos and the girls were a bit superficial.

Reaction from 2022

“I would say it in other words today. I think that I would live it differently […] Ado, you feel everything in the mat. » 


Anxiety has always been Marion Caucanas' number one enemy. But now that she's finished school, she sees how right she was sometimes to be stressed. 

“I realized I was a bit of a machine says the 22-year-old, who has been working as a physiotherapy technologist for a few months. 

She remembers when she spent 12 hours a day at Pierre-Dupuy because she was doing her strong math and science, was a pillar of the robotics team and a contributor to the student newspaper, while maintaining an average around 75%. 

“With hindsight, I say to myself: well, let's see […] It's normal that at some point, things break out. »

Now that she is practicing her profession, she also realizes that the performance requirements and the sometimes far from reality exams also added a little artificial stress. 

“[In real life], if a patient asks me a question that I don't have the answer to, I can say: wait, I'll check it out. »

« Oh, my god

The fact remains that anxiety is his pet peeve. The hamster constantly spinning in her head has sometimes caused her memory lapses in the middle of an exam when she had studied very well.

Not so long ago, “I was having seizures panic just looking at the job postings. »

She also learns little by little not to be overwhelmed by the problems of her patients.

“At the beginning, I sometimes did not sleep. To say to myself: oh, my god, there is such a thing that happens in his life. Oh, my god, I forgot to write such a thing in the letter to the doctor.  

According to her mother, Andrée Cassan, she has always been like this. “She is a born anxious.

On the other hand, she has always been very curious. “She always has lots of questions. There are 1,000 jobs she could do,” says Ms. Cassan.

“Every time I read about a [curriculum] program, I like it. It's tiring,” sighed Marion last year. 

A job she loves

For now, she loves her profession, which combines his interest in science and his desire to help. Often, the stress she experiences evaporates as soon as the patient sits down in front of her.

“It’s crazy. Sometimes I tell them: you help me as much as I help you. »

“Marion has more and more self-confidence,” observes her friend, Jimmy Lam. “It’s like a staircase: she climbed several steps. She can still ride.

Quote from 2018

“When you step back, you tell yourself that you were good in high school. I wish it had lasted longer.

Reaction from 2022

“I like to have my adult life, my freedom. But it's true that I miss the simplicity, to have only small things to manage which at the time seemed to me to be big drama. » 


How does one manage to be both a man of the woods and a bar boy who needs to socialize? Thierry Trudel Valcour has finally found the solution. 

“I am going to open a sugar shack. There is nothing more sociable!

After high school, he first took a year off to work in Western Canada. He then started a technique in forestry, which he gave up after a year.

He believed that the domain was not made for him. Too lonely, he judged at the time.

He therefore spent two years working in particular in the bars of Rimouski, while cherishing the dream of opening a microbrewery. 

“I have lived 200 journeys […] I have zigzagged”, says the one who now knows the Latin name of all the plants in the country.  

“Neither annoying nor embarrassed”

Thierry has always been a unifier. At Pierre-Dupuy, he had been the school's student representative to the school board. “[In class], they always put the tanners with me,” he recalls. 

“His humanism is one of his greatest qualities,” says his girlfriend, Maude Bélanger Santerre, with whom he has been in a relationship for more than two years. “He is a guy who is neither awkward nor embarrassed.

“But we realized that he still talked a lot about the forest. We told him: well, why don't you go back to forestry, since you like it? »

That's what he did and since then he's realized how versatile this job is. 

“My grades have gone up […] I'm still a little above average,” he says.

From beer to RRSPs

He also says he matured and adopted a better life. 

His former roommates have a child or a house. 

“It's no longer [the contest] of who holds the most beers, but who makes the most RRSPs,” he quips.

“My regret is the total cessation of my studies [during his two-year break]. I should have done one course per semester [at CEGEP], because there I still have a lot of basic courses to do. » 

As soon as he graduates, he and his girlfriend intend to leave Rimouski to settle in the Eastern Townships near the land he shares with his family. 

“It's incredible forest terrain. With my technique, I see this richness. »

“My goal is to have my mark one day. And the sugar shack would only be the first step. 

“He's not a city guy,” observes his mother, Chantal Trudel. He followed his instinct. He chose a life that resembles him.  

Quote from 2017

“I'm much more of a manual than a theory type. »

Reaction of 2022

“It got nuanced. You see the importance of papers, [diplomas]. I am much more open [to the idea of ​​becoming] an engineer. » 



“I am the boss”, launches Jasmine Trudel Valcour, who now sees in her project to open a café the best channel for her strong character, which she learned to temper as much as to assume.

“I am going to management to have the right to cry,” she says with good humor and good humor.

When she looks back, the 22-year-old young woman sees three Jasmines. 

There was Jasmine from high school, the one who had “a pig's head” and whom, as a child, her parents had nicknamed Mom Boucher. 

This Jasmine often “blubbered to blubber” , she admits. To the point where even when she was right and said out loud what the others were thinking quietly, no one listened to her anymore. 

Then there was Jasmine from CEGEP, who no longer felt like being defined by her character. “The one who wanted to fit into the mold because it's easier if you're low profile. »

More balanced

And finally, today's Jasmine, which can be both “reserved” and “assumed”.&nbsp ;

Her greatest pride is the introspective work she has done to get there. She now puts water in her wine, while not being afraid to express herself. “With me, you always have the right time. »

After CEGEP, she searched for her path for a long time. She started a legal technique, then university studies in criminology, to then realize that she had an entrepreneurial spirit. 

She dreams of opening a café with her cousin. So she enrolled in the bachelor's degree in management and innovation. 

Ready to manage teenagers 

She always kept the same student job, as a lifeguard at the City of Montreal. She now has the status of aquatic coordinator, a role that allows her to gain experience in managing “16-year-old teenagers”… which she will no doubt have to do in her future establishment.&nbsp ;

Behind it all, Jasmine is a devoted “unifier”. 

Her friend, Fauve Allard-Cobetto, 28, remembers a time when she was so overwhelmed with work she had mentioned in a group chat that she was out of toilet paper.

Twenty minutes later, surprise! Jasmine was ringing her doorbell with scrolls in hand. 

“If she cares about you, she'll do anything for you,” her friend said. 

What she would say to the person she was 5 years ago  

“First , save, because the cost of living, it happens quickly. Second, you will find your place somewhere. You just need to stop thinking about what other people might think. » 


The doubts, the wait, the long hours of study: it will all have been worth it for Aram Mansouri, who is now studying in his dream program to become a dentist. 

“ wow! Finally, I'm here,” he recalls saying to himself in the middle of a periodontics class.

“This is exactly what I expected […] It's really my passion”, says the one who has just completed his first year in dentistry. 

As a teenager, he dreamed of becoming a doctor, or even a surgeon. 

“I would like to become popular worldwide […], to become a leader. I would also like to have a role in a [pharmaceutical]”, he launched when he was 17 years old. 

“It made no sense, he says today. I was still a child in my head. I had seen nothing of life. »

His journey

During his studies, he realized that dentistry interested him more. He likes the aesthetic side, when it comes to choosing the right tooth shape and color to create a harmonious smile. He likes to solve problems, when it is necessary to choose the right treatment according to the client's budget. 

His vocation is all the more clear as his favorite courses are those of dentistry, even more than the general courses that he shares with medical students.

This summer, he works as a dental assistant in a clinic with a dentist who took him under her wing. 

“Just by watching her, I learn a lot. I'm learning things you only learn in 4th grade,” he exclaims. 

Rough road

But for getting there, the road was bumpy. The undergraduate doctorate in dental medicine is one of the most restricted university programs. 

“Aram is the person I know who works the hardest […] Me, I don't think I would have persevered by taking so many failures”, says his friend Rafiul Haque. < /p>

In college, Aram realized that even becoming a studying machine, it is difficult to inflate his R rating. 

He suffered a severe setback when he failed a test assessing ethical judgment. 

He waited two years on the dentistry waiting list while studying in other programs of moderate interest. < /p>

“Maybe I enjoy my program even more because I had to put a lot of effort into it to get there […] Maybe [without that] I wouldn't have evolved as a 'human. I might still have that childish mentality.

Quote from 2017

“When I see others who do not have good grades, I wonder how it is possible.

Reaction from 2022

“I can't believe I said that! […] There are people who have other things to do, other problems, who need a little help. »


As a teenager, Mylie-Anne Laurin Quezada wanted to change the world. Today, that's what she does, one person at a time, one day at a time. 

She remembers a high school English oral she chose to do about anorexia.

Years later, there she is, working as a specialist educator at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center with teenage girls hospitalized for eating disorders. “Who would have thought [that at 22], I would really work there? »

Mylie-Anne has always known two things: that she wanted to work with young people and that she was fascinated by people, therefore by everything related to mental health. 

“There, I combine the two”, sums up the one who finds herself practically in a dream job. 

A flower that opens

With her twin brother, Mylie-Anne is the eldest of six half-sisters and half-brothers. Calm and composed, it is easy to imagine her as a shy little girl who spoke little in primary school, as her mother, Martine Laurin, 43, describes her.

“She was afraid of everything, she was afraid to face the world, she recalls. She was such a perfectionist […] Sometimes we finished at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. because she wanted to learn. She was disappointed the minute she was down 75%. »

Over the years, she has gained in confidence, authority and creativity. “She has blossomed. Like a flower”, image Martine Laurin.

Even in her jobs as a student

From the end of high school, she knew that her vocation was to help people. She has always made it a point of honor to work there, even in her student jobs: companion of a disabled child, tutor, speaker at the Center Marie-Enfant. 

She sometimes returns there to volunteer with the severely handicapped clientele. She would like one day to create an organization to remedy the fact that these young people often find themselves in CHSLDs as soon as they turn 18.

“That's just what interests me: the contact human. I'm not interested in being a cashier,” she said when she was 19. 

Today, she goes even further: “I can't imagine myself being in a office, cut off from the world, with paperwork. I need action, interactions. »

“I have so many ideas! I need to share them. To feel that I have been useful in my day.

Quote from 2017

“If I win the jackpot, I'm just going to donate to a lot of organizations.

Reaction from 2022

“Yes, maybe to my organization, the one I want to open [for young adults with severe disabilities] . » 


Jimmy Lam is not afraid of death. Neither his own nor that of others. 

“If you live, it's normal that you die”, philosophizes the young man of 22 years. 

Why talk about death at his age? Because he is currently completing a technique in radiation oncology. He will therefore rub shoulders with cancer patients on a daily basis. His role will be to administer their radiotherapy treatment. 

“You have to be empathetic […] But if he dies the next day, it's difficult if you're too attached. »

This mixture of humanity and phlegm, Jimmy Lam already embodied in high school. 

In a group, he speaks little, but he observes a lot. At 17, he already had a “sixth sense” that allowed him to predict that a peer was going to ask a question before even raising their hand. 

In CEGEP, what he calls his mental “algorithm” allows him to guess the questions on the exam better than his colleagues. 

A quiet strength

“Jimmy is a quiet force”, summarizes his friend Marion Caucanas. “He really takes the time to listen and ask the right questions.

“His greatest quality is his calmness in all situations, no matter what he has to face. It's impressive.

It can even be unsettling at times, when everyone is “freaking out” before an exam or crying about having sunk, except him, she adds. 

“I like to be stressed”, says the main interested party. When I am on adrenaline, I perform better […] For example, during an exam, I will be stressed, but at the same time, I will be happy. »

Evolving while remaining faithful

While being true to itself, it has evolved in recent years. 

“Before, I ruminated more. I repeated to myself: why did I do this or that? he confides.

Her grandmother passed away last winter. Cancer, indeed. He did not linger in mourning. “I'm going to cry for a day and then I'm going to be okay.

“You only have one life. Why live depressed when you can be smiling? »

We have often made the comment to him: he smiles so much that it is difficult to read what he really feels. 

He hopes that this one won't cause him any trouble in his future work. When a patient has just received bad news, it wouldn't be appropriate to smile too much. 

“But I can't help it,” he admits. < /p>

What he would say to the person he was there 5 years old  

“Don't be afraid to try things. The more you experience, the more you will discover who you are. »

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