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In their own words

“The Holocaust is not just a lesson for Jews as Darfur is not just a problem for African people. We are human beings and must learn to help others.”

Evelyn Howard, teacher at Thorndale Elementary School, Pierrefonds, Quebec, 2007

“I would never have discussed the Holocaust or genocide within my classroom.”

Julie Etheridge, teacher at Vincent Massey Collegiate Montreal, Québec, 2012

“Being Jewish shouldn’t be a sinn… I am very sorry about what you had to endure in your childhood.”

Charlie Doucet, Gina Lavine’s student, Collège Laflèche, Trois-Rivières, Quebec

“I remain grateful to Riva and Thomas for providing the learning experience at Yad Vashem as it was both life changing and continues to enrich my teaching.”

Julie Etheridge, teacher, at Vincent Massey Collegiate Montreal, Québec, 2012

“Whatever happens any where in the world effects everyone in the world.”

Elie Wiesel, teacher, Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace laureate.

“I am glad that Gina and Vincent did this presentation, and I hope they were not the only ones to do that, because we really need to remember and to learn more about this. This is the only way to honour  those who lost their life in that event.”

Pier-Alexandre Daigle, International Baccalaureate student 2014

“Going to Israel has forced me to take risks and try something new, something that was not in my comfort zone.”

Linda Shetzer, teacher at Parkdale Elementary School, Saint-Laurent, Québec, 2008

“Humanity is disappointing me.”

Charlie Doucet, Gina Lavine’s student, Collège Laflèche, Trois-Rivières, Quebec

“The survivors who participated told heartbreaking stories, but in doing so also revealed an inspiring capacity for healing, as well as humor.”

– Richard Ouwendyk, teacher,Marymount Academy Montréal, Québec, 2014

“I confess that attending Anne’s class was one of the most meaningful events of my life and she touched a chord within me that had been dormant since after the war.”

René Valmont, survivor

“Today I attended Gina’s and Vincent’s conference on their experience in Israel. It was absolutely fascinating. We might feel like it is none of our business but this tragedy is part of our family’s past so I strongly believe that we are concerned and that we should not deny it…”

Audrey Gagné, Gina Lavine’s student, Collège Laflèche, Trois-Rivières, Quebec

“This trip forced me to question what it means to be human, to take another look at history and spirituality, and frankly to be a better person.”

Kirsten Nielson, teacher, LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School, LaSalle, Québec, 2009