ÉSCPA : Anticipated and Successful Grand Opening

Photo de groupe lors de la coupe du ruban de l'ouverture officielle de l'ÉSCPA

Iroquois Falls, April 25, 2022 - The Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario (CSPNE) and the Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières (CSCDGR) were very proud to hold the official opening ceremony of the new École secondaire catholique et publique l'Alliance in Iroquois Falls on Friday April 22, 2022. 

The ceremony was attended by school board representatives, students and staff from the community's catholic and public schools and many dignitaries and community partners.   This was a very special ceremony for the school community and the broader Francophone and Francophile community.

While the school was scheduled to officially open its doors in September 2020, events over the past two years have resulted in the official ceremony being postponed several times.  The event held this Friday, April 22, 2022 was meant to be festive in recognition of the patience and resilience of the students and staff who were eager to show off their new school. 

The scope of the project underscores the importance of providing students and families in the region with a learning environment that is conducive to social, cultural and educational growth by creating a modern, warm and welcoming environment.

School board representatives, Langis H. Dion, President of the CSCDGR and Denis Labelle, President of the CSPNE, are delighted to finally be able to celebrate the completion of this joint project for the well-being and success of students.  "We must absolutely acknowledge the important contributions of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada, which demonstrate how important French-language education is for Franco-Ontarian youth in Northern Ontario, by investing in the realization of this great collaborative project between the two boards in Iroquois Falls.” 

This project was conceived, designed and implemented to provide a school and community environment for students.  Obviously, the voice of the youth was very important to this event.  Amber Thomas, a grade 12 student, wrote a text that was delivered by Marshall Bourgeois on behalf of their classmates.  "It is definitely a privilege to have our own little school that belongs to us. A place that is ultimately ours!"

The Directors of Education from the 2 school boards, Mrs. Sylvie Petroski (CSCDGR) and Mr. Yves Laliberté (CSPNE) also spoke during this long awaited event.  "Historically, this school has allowed many students, over the years, to excel and become proud and committed young citizens.  Today, by being here, we are part of a great story... a success story! (...) This project shows how much strength there is in unity.  We have been able to work together for the good of the school and broader francophone community."



For more information, please contact :

Richard Loiselle

Director of Communications – CSCDGR        705 267-1421 ext. 245


Guylaine Scherer

Director of Communications – CSPNE          705 472-3443 ext. 25263