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Collège Boréal’s humanitarian mission is heading to Guatemala

27 April 2019
Eighteen students and staff members from Collège Boréal departed for Guatemala on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Their goal is to build three concrete block houses during their stay.

They’re off! For the second consecutive year, a team from Collège Boréal is heading to Guatemala for a humanitarian aid project in partnership with the non-denominational organization The God’s Child Project.

From April 27 to May 6, 2019, the group will be staying in a small village in the Panchoy Valley region, near the city of Antigua, where they intend to build three concrete block houses that will serve to relocate very poor families.

Their mission caps off a year rich in volunteer activities. Before rising to their international challenge, the group began with local action in their community totalling over 400 hours of volunteer work.

Teams from Timmins and Kapuskasing organized a holiday season supper for the needy in partnership with YO! Mobile and the Sudbury team worked with the Bundle Up in Red campaign in partnership with the Réseau Access Network during HIV Awareness week.

The costs of travel and lodging for this trip to Guatemala are covered in part by the participants with the support of many local sponsors, listed below, to whom Collège Boréal extends special thanks.

Funds were also raised in the community, in particular during the Giving Tuesday campaign, to pay the cost of construction materials.

Team members:

  • Jessica Adamo – student, Sudbury
  • Kelly-Anne Bennett – student, Timmins
  • Éric Bizier – student, Kapuskasing
  • Chanelle Caron – student, Kapuskasing
  • Danika Courchesne  – student, Sudbury
  • Amy Desbiens – student, Kapuskasing
  • Josée Desrochers – student, Timmins
  • Mélanie Dufresne – Head of Post-Secondary Programs, Tmmins
  • Michelle Girard – student, Timmins
  • Jazmyn Labelle – student, Sudbury
  • Lise Ross-Lalande – professor, Sudbury
  • Francis Lalonde – student, Sudbury
  • Angèle Larue – professor, Timmins
  • Annick Mainville – student, Sudbury
  • Michel Mainville – professor, Timmins
  • André Meloche – professor, Timmins
  • Ernest Plante – professor, Timmins
  • Patrick Therrien – student, Sudbury

The team wishes to thank all the sponsors who contributed to the project:

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Collège Boréal is active in the community on many fronts. I am very pleased to see our humanitarian and volunteer action developing with such passion and a sense of commitment to the community. Through their everyday activities in our community and the human experience they will have in Guatemala, these team members serve as local and international ambassadors of the values of our institution.
Porcupine Gold Mines is determined to contribute to community projects and fundraising activities that improve the quality of life of those who are most in need. No matter which company is managing our operations, I am always proud of the generosity of our employees at the Dome Mill, the Hoyle Pond Mine, the Hollinger Mine and the Borden Gold Mine in Chapleau. We are well aware of the needs in Guatemala, as Goldcorp operated the Marlin Mine there until its closure in 2017 and we have often contributed to support the needs of the community. That is one of the reasons why we are supporting this project led by Collège Boréal.


Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.

Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 38 access centres in 27 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal holds the top rank in three of the five areas surveyed: graduation rate, graduate satisfaction and, for a third consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results are proof that investing in human capital is Boréal’s strength.

The GOD’S CHILD Project

Founded in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1991, The GOD’S CHILD Project is a non-denominational organization that reaches out to children and families in extreme poverty. GCP provides essential care to thousands of children, widows, single mothers and families in Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Malawi and the United States. In addition, GCP’s Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons prevents abuse and rescues victims.

GCP is dedicated to sustainable and permanent change and has established an international presence in these poverty-stricken countries by providing education, healthcare, basic needs, emergency disaster relief, human rights services and family care. Through its efforts, GCP brings stability and growth to broken areas of the world.

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