Schools, vocational and adult training centres are not only part of the educational system, they are part of the communities they serve. This connection is important in Anglophone communities, especially those which only represent a small percentage of the total population in their area.
It is for this reason that the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) supports the development of 71 Community Learning Centres that are located in schools across Quebec.
Role of CLCs in Quebec
In the Province of Quebec, English-speaking communities do not always have the equitable access to education or health and social services. Community Learning Centers (CLC School) have a dual role in Quebec: supporting student success and contributing to the vitality of English-speaking communities. Laurier Macdonald High School was a part of the first phase of CLC development over 10 years ago. Since then, the network has expanded all over the province including both urban and rural settings.
Community Development Agent
Bobbie Variantzas is the community development agent (CDA) for Laurier Macdonald. She works closely with the school’s administration and staff to provide learning opportunities for the students, their families and the community.