A festive and proud Official Opening

On the picture, from left to right : Hunter Baillargeon, Shana Verrier, Gaétan Baillargeon, Isabelle Boucher, Daisy Duval Jansen, Simon Fecteau, Denis Labelle, Yves Laliberté, Lucie Paquin, Valérie Picard, Shanelle Dillon.

For Immediate Release

École publique Passeport Jeunesse

Hearst, Ontario - It is with great pride that the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario (CSPNE) proceeded, on Friday June 17, 2022, to the Official Opening ceremony of the École publique Passeport Jeunesse in Hearst.

The ceremony was attended by school board representatives, students and staff of the elementary and secondary school as well as many dignitaries and community partners.   This was a very special ceremony for the school and Hearst community as it also marked the school's 10th anniversary.

While the school officially opened its doors in September 2011, the last ten years have been filled with important moments such as the creation of a secondary level, the purchase of Place des Arts de Hearst and major construction and renovation work.  The event was meant to be festive to highlight the patience and resilience of the students and staff members who were eager to show off their new school. 

The scope of the Passeport Jeunesse 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.

Mr. Denis Labelle, Chair of the CSPNE, says he is delighted to finally be able to celebrate the completion of this project for the well-being and success of students.  "We must absolutely underline the important contributions of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada, which demonstrate how important French-language education is for the Franco-Ontarian youth of Northern Ontario, by investing in the realization of this great collective project in Hearst.” 

The Director of Education, Mr. Yves Laliberté, also spoke during this long awaited gathering.  "Since its opening, this school has allowed many students, over the years, to surpass themselves and become proud and committed young citizens.  Today, by being here, we are part of a great story...a success story!"

The school's principal, Mrs. Isabelle Boucher, took the opportunity to remind students and staff members that the richness of the school is the presence and commitment of the school community.  "As I often tell you, what is our greatest strength and what makes our school so special is the people we have here. Please continue to shine and be proud to be a part of École publique Passeport Jeunesse."


In accordance with universal values, the CSPNE covers an area of 46,453 km2 and provides the communities of Hearst, Kapuskasing, Iroquois Falls, Timmins, Temiskaming Shores, Sturgeon Falls, North Bay and Parry Sound with quality French-language education. Close to 2,100 northeastern Ontario students have chosen French-language public schools.

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Source :
Guylaine Scherer, Director of Communications
guylaine.scherer [a] cspne.ca | 888-591-5656 ext. 25263