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The Vanguard Alumni association is committed to promoting with integrity, the reality of people living with learning disabilities within our community and society.
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Christopher graduated from Vanguard School in 2008. Diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of eight, his parents found Vanguard School and quickly realized that it would be the best environment to help Christopher thrive in the current educational system. Christopher attributes much of his success as an entrepreneur to his lessons learned while growing up in the school system as a dyslexic. One of Christopher's life missions is to debunk the myth of learning disabilities while teaching others how to overcome difficulties by becoming the best versions of themselves.
Sarah is a Vanguard Alumni, class of 2009 from the French sector. I arrived at Vanguard School at the age of 7, after being diagnosed with dyslexia, dysorthography and mild attention deficit disorder. Following my education at Vanguard School, I was able to pursue my studies at Dawson College where I graduated with honors from the General Social Science Program. I continued at the University of McGill in Anthropology. After a year, I decided to change paths and transferred to a Cégep in a technical program, biomedical analysis. After a couple of years working full time I wanted to change career paths so I completed a DEP in Aesthetic and permanent hair removal. I am now a certified electrolisyst by profession while I pursue my mission to educate people on the reality of living with a learning disability.
Bruno graduated from Vanguard Intercultural Westmount class of 2008 with an award for citizenship, Since 2009, I have been an entrepreneur in the real estate industry of Montreal. During my time at Vanguard, I was school council president two years in a row, 2007 and 2008. I always felt a sense of belonging and involvement for what Vanguard school represented. Recognized by my fellow classmates and members of the Vanguard community, 10 years later, today , I sit as treasurer on Vanguard Alumni’s Board of Directors. I wish to make a difference by supporting the activities to promote Vanguard’s cause as well as the desire of the Alumni Association to increase the strength of the student network by bringing together former, present and future members of the Vanguard School.
I studied at both Vanguard elementary and high school in the French sector. I graduated in 2008. I completed a D.E.C in Social Sciences and cinema and also completed a technical program in social work. Today, I work as a social worker technician all the while continuing to pursue higher education.
David is a former Vanguard student - French sector who graduated in 2009. Since that time, he persevered to obtain his software engineering degree in 2017. He faced some difficulties at school due to his attention deficit disorder. He is very grateful for all the help he received during his school career.
My name is Georgia Kiriakos and I have a learning disability. As most people will say, school was extremely hard. By the time I got to Grade 6, we found out that I had a learning disability. For high school, I came to Vanguard knowing this school was going to help me. Of course, school was still hard, but I was determined to succeed, and I was happy to be learning. Well, I did succeed by graduating from Vanguard and following my dreams to becoming a teacher. I wanted to give back to the community that helped me to push myself further. Now I am a teacher at Vanguard School helping students understand that a life with a learning disability just means taking the longer, scenic route to our destination!
I graduated from Vanguard in 2008. I have a DEP diploma in Computer Support. I have worked as an operator and a computer technician. Also, I have worked as a telecom technician. I am currently working for La Commission Scolaire des Trois-Lacs as a network operator.
I am a graduate - class of 2008. After high school, I did a DEP in Electricity; after that, I did a DEP in industrial Mechanics and to complete my CEGEP studies, I completed a program in Industrial Electronics. I worked as an electrician apprentice for four years and after that I worked as an instrumentation technician. Today, I work as a specialist in business development for a company that specializes in storage systems.
Pierre, a former student and school council President at Vanguard School, strongly believes that his success is due to the good work ethics and leadership skills he developed while at Vanguard. He never let his learning difficulties define him or get in the way of his goals. Because of this, Pierre went on to study at College La Flèche, where he pursued his dream of becoming an airline pilot. Once he received his aviation diploma, he soon became a Chief Flight Instructor at the young age of 22. This allowed him to help create and implement a new college program for future students.
A few years later, Pierre became an airline pilot working for Jazz. When asked if he’s living the dream? He replies, “Oh yeah…”