Last year, some 4,300 people took part in international youth mobility projects organized by Québec’s International Youth Offices (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec/LOJIQ). The organization paid tribute to the excellence of 12 such projects at the second edition of the LOJIQ awards ceremony, which was held at the National Assembly on May 25.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, presented the most prestigious award of the evening to a group of 10 college students studying police sciences at Quebec City-based Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy. As part of their project, the students traveled to Brussels and Belgium’s Wallonia region to complete the theoretical components of their training and to observe first-hand how the country’s police forces operate. Working alongside the personnel at five police stations in the Brussels-North sector and at Belgium’s Federal Police School, they observed the overall context of domestic security and immigration in Belgium. In recognition of the quality and invaluable benefits of their project, the students received a $2,500 award from the LOJIQ Foundation.
Mr. Arcand said: “In keeping with our government’s vision, Québec is open to the world, and young people play a vital role in this regard. Our International Policy places emphasis on youth mobility because we believe that Québec will be better positioned to face the challenges of the future if we strive to foster a genuine culture of international mobility. Last night, I had the good fortune to stand among the best of what Québec has to offer: its young people and their desire to explore the world in a spirit of openness.”
A total of 11 awards were presented to participants from the associated offices for their work on projects in the areas of social and community services, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial awareness, employment and training, social and professional integration, culture and student retention.
Tribute to Bernard Voyer
A LOJIQ award was also presented to explorer Bernard Voyer, a key figure in the area of international youth mobility in Québec. In the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Voyer took part in two projects in France under the auspices of the France/Québec Youth Office (OFQJ). His adventures inspired him to explore the furthest reaches of planet, including the North and South Poles, Mt. Everest and some of the world’s highest peaks. He set off to tackle a series of personal challenges and continues to demonstrate his taste for adventure! Mr. Voyer joined the LOJIQ Foundation as ambassador in 2008.
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