Order of Canada
recipient makes strong impression on students
throughout the Algoma District School Board
David Bouchard is an award-winning author, an inspiring educator, and
a friend of the Algoma District School Board.
In October (2016) he spent five days visiting ADSB schools in Blind River,
Desbarats, Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie, delivering messages through music and
storytelling about the importance of reconciliation and literacy. The response from students and staff alike
was overwhelmingly positive.
Fluent in English and French, David’s first afternoon was spent at FH
Clergue where he met a group of Grade 4 French Immersion students who recently wrote
and published a book as a tribute to a student who passed away from
cancer. He spent the morning at WC Eaket
Secondary in Blind River presenting to well over 220 students from Blind River,
Elliot Lake, Serpent River First Nation and Mississauga First Nation.
David teaches valuable lessons about the importance of reading and
encourages his audiences that anyone can become a reader. David also speaks passionately about indigenous
culture, the importance of reconciliation and understanding the history of
residential schools in our country.
From the perspective of a father, an author, an aboriginal person and
an educator, David teaches the importance of having access to reading. “Reading is a passport to freedom. It
increases self-esteem and is essential to success in school, university and in
life thereafter. Anyone can become a reader by allowing himself or herself to
get hooked on one book. It is every person’s responsibility to find that one
His message was clear about residential schools, treaties and
reconciliation. He urged all students to
find out all they could about issues impacting our indigenous communities.
David also spoke openly about being a father to a son who did not
enjoy school and to a daughter who deals with mental-health challenges. These topics resonated with many
students. In total David spoke to over
two thousand students in the five days he visited schools in the Algoma
District School Board. In addition, a
well-attended session for parents and families was also held in partnership
with the Sault Ste. Marie Indigenous Friendship Centre.