A day in the life of… Patrick Bennett

This pedagogical counsellor in Montreal often battles the elements on his way to college, but finds his students are highly motivated and work hard to integrate

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In the fairer months, I bike to work. The rest of the year, I battle my way through storms of rain, snow, and ice using public transit. I am grateful that I live only a few kilometres from school, because Montreal has notoriously difficult commutes.

I work at Dawson College, which is part of the collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) system. In Canada, this system is unique to the province of Quebec, but is similar to the sixth-form college system in the UK. Students here attend elementary school for Grades 1 to 6, high school for Grades 7 to 11 and then CEGEP for two to three ...

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