David Birnbaum launches second annual Victor Goldbloom “Vivre Ensemble” essay contest

David Birnbaum, MNA for D'Arcy-McGee and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education, announced today the second edition of the Victor Goldbloom Vivre Ensemble Essay Contest. Victor Goldbloom, the first MNA for D'Arcy-McGee, first Jewish Cabinet Minister in Quebec, first Minister of the Environment, passed away at the age of 92 last year. He also served as Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages. Dr. Goldbloom was a champion throughout his life of building bridges between English- and French-speaking communities and between those of diverse faiths.

"We are proud to perpetuate Victor's tremendous legacy by inviting young people in the riding he represented to explore the principles of openness, compassion and understanding that so marked his life," noted Birnbaum. “This will be the second year of the competition, and I hope students from across the riding will consider participating.”

All Secondary IV and V students who live or study within the borders of the D’Arcy-McGee riding are eligible. They are invited to submit essays of no more than 700 words on the general theme of “Vivre ensemble”. They are entirely free to choose their specific subject to address that theme. Entries can be submitted in English or French, but they must include a single-paragraph summary in the second language. Entries must be received no later than Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at fran.gutman@assnat.qc.ca.

A single winning entry will be chosen by a jury composed of the MNA for D'Arcy-McGee, David Birnbaum, Liberal Association President Orna Hilberger and retired Professor and Association member Dorothy Zalcman Howard. They will be joined by Michael Goldbloom, Victor’s son, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. The winner will be announced at the annual D’Arcy-McGee National Assembly Citizenship Medal Awards on June 12th, 2017.

Michael Goldbloom expressed the family’s appreciation when the contest was first launched last year: “My father would have been very pleased to have his name given to this wonderful initiative. He wrote beautifully in both English and French and he loved his interactions with students,” Goldbloom noted. “From his first career as a pediatrician and throughout his public life, my Dad always sought to broaden understanding, bridge differences and help to make a better world. This essay competition is a thoughtful way of inviting young people to share that goal.”

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