Profiles of persevering youth

Profiles of persevering youth


Mélissa Gresseau

Legal Assistant

On October 11, during the reception to inaugurate our new offices, we had the great pleasure of welcoming among us five post-secondary students who showed perseverance in their studies despite the challenges they faced during their academic careers. These five students all received scholarships from our Foundation to help pay for their studies.

The Blue Bridge Foundation for Children would like to congratulate the following recipients:

Eidi Bastien

Laurent Chounan

Stéphane Démanou Djeudjeu

Mohamedi Salim-Rayane

Théa St-Amand

To learn more about their journeys, we have asked them several questions, namely about their favourite subjects in school, their community involvement and their future ambitions. Because there is so much to say about them, Stéphane Démanou Djeudjeu, Mohamedi Salim-Rayane and Théa St-Amand will be discussed in a future article.

Profiles of persevering youth


My favourite maxim: “There is nothing permanent except change.” (Heraclitus of Ephesus)

My name is Eidi and I am currently at Marianopolis College in Montreal. My favourite school subjects are Biology, Italian and Geography. For my community involvement, I volunteered at Santropol Roulant, an organization that prepares and delivers over a hundred healthy and nutritious meals to members of the community with decreasing independence every day. After my studies, I would like to work for the United Nations and also take part in humanitarian aid projects. I would like to help all of those who are not as privileged as I am in their fundamental rights and access to education.


My favourite maxim: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” (Anonymous)

My name is Laurent and I currently go to De Maisonneuve College, also located in Montreal. My favourite school subjects are Science, Math and Physical Education. I volunteer for the Forum Jeunesse Saint-Michel (FJSM), whose mission is to shape its youth into the responsible citizens of tomorrow and the instigators in the development of an inclusive neighbourhood identity that is open to intercultural and intergenerational diversity. Later, I would like to get a degree in software engineering to work for a prestigious company.