2017 student service award winners


Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – April 25, 2017 – At a ceremony held Tuesday April 25, John Abbott College recognized the dedication and efforts of 55 students with a Service and Leadership Award.

The awards were established to honour students who make a significant contribution to student life and/or in the service of others at the College. Nominated students are recognized in one of four areas of engagement:

  1. Participation and making a meaningful contribution to a student club, service organization or committee;
  2. Contribution as the leader or significant supporter in the creation of a new project at the College or in the community;
  3. Provide a service to other students at John Abbott College
  4. Volunteerism in and around the College.

Additionally, 4 students were recognized for their outstanding service. The Outstanding Service Award is presented to those students, in good academic standing, whose contributions are of such a nature that their accomplishments are recognized throughout the College. These students demonstrate strong leadership, organizational and communication skills as well as a sense of commitment, responsibility and dedication to fellow students.

In picture: 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award winners. From left: Sophia Ye, Marc-André Lavigne, Ngozi Oke Chinedu and Tina Lyon-Adams.

About John Abbott College
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes more than 6500 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

PM greeting JACMUN

PM Greeting JACMUN

Fifteen schools bringing just over 140 students participated in the JAC Model United Nations weekend event held April 8 & 9.

The weekend started off on an incredible note with a personal address by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   


It was a great turnout!

See more highlights from the weekend at John Abbott College Model United Nations (JACMUN) on Facebook.

Islander Sports News

Graduating Student Athletes with an 80%+ Average

This week the Islanders are proud to recognize 45 student athletes who are graduating this spring with an Academic average over 80%. These students show that excelling in academics while practicing a varsity sport is achievable. Recent data has shown that student athletes on average have a higher academic score than students who do not participate in any extra curricular activities. This reinforces the idea that varsity sports do not take away from the academic experience, but add to it.

Name Last Sport
James Cameron Baird Cross Country
Simon Baribeau Cross Country
Sandrine Bernard Flag Football
Shiv Bhargava Swimming
Rikki-Lee Blumenfeld Women’s Basketball
Samantha Clark Women’s Rugby
Jasmine Cumetti Swimming
Kurt D’Amour Swimming
Catherine Daignault Women’s Rugby
Julia D’Alleva Hockey
Hanifah Daniel Cheerleading
Charlotte Dansereau Women’s Volleyball
Marie-Ann Deschamps Women’s Volleyball
Noha Elsherbini Cross Country
Despina-Jamal El-Tayar Women’s Rugby
Connor Farrell Cross Country
Chloe Felx Swimming
Melanie Gauthier Flag Football
Akshay Grover Cross Country
Chloe Hamelin Flag Football
Leandre Jodoin-Michaud Swimming
Justin Zidle Men’s Soccer
Andrew Knopp Men’s Rugby
Olivia Makinson Women’s Rugby
Markus Nitka Men’s Volleyball
Rebecca Martinez Swimming
Nicolina Masella Women’s Soccer
Gabriella Morin Cross Country
Brianna Nellis Swimming
Sydney Netto Women’s Basketball
Nathalie Paquin Swimming
Christopher Patterson Swimming
Sabrina Plamondon Women’s Rugby
Marc Prevost Cross Country
Jeremy Pryde Football
Lauren Pugsley Cross Country
Austin Rikley-Krindle Swimming
Bailey Roy Women’s Rugby
Shayne Snape Cross Country
Marjorie St-Louis Women’s Volleyball
Michelle Sveistrup Swimming
Bianca Szczepko-Lavoie Cheerleading
Sophie Van Horne Women’s Rugby
Nikki Van Noord Swimming
Kate Ward Hockey

Islander Sports News

Men’s Swim Team Continue Their Dominance

For the 9th consecutive year the Isles men’s team has come back with the Provincial Gold medal. On the strength of their performance the combined team was able to get the silver medal at Provinicials, falling short of the newly crowned champions, the Elans from Garneau. Etienne Genesse-Grenier was our most decorated swimmer collecting 4 individual silvers (50 back, 100 back, 100 fly, 100 IM) along with a relay bronze (4×50 IM) and gold (4×50 free).

Women’s Basketball Ends Their Season at Provincials

The women’s basketball team’s season came to a disappointing end in Chicoutimi when they dropped a pair of games at the RSEQ Division 2 championships. In their opening game Ste. Foy jumped out to a 22-3 lead en route to a 60-51 victory. The Islanders cut the deficit to 12 by halftime and started the second half on a 10-2 run to get to within four points but that was as close as they would get.

In the second game against Champlain St. Lawrence the Islanders held a 38-28 halftime lead but a poor offensive showing in the second half led to a 65-59 defeat.

Islander Sports News

New Women’s Soccer Coach Named

The Sports and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that Simon Willeme will be taking over as the new head coach of our women’s program. Simon has been the head coach of our men`s program for 4 years and was the team manager last year. To quote, he is “really excited about this new challenge and looking forward to work with these talented athletes.”

As a department we know what he can bring to our program and we are also excited to work with him again in the role of head coach. His commitment to the student-athlete experience and strong focus on academics, recruiting and development in the College environment made him the ideal candidate.

League rules prohibit team workouts from April 1st and August 11th, but if anyone would like to get in touch with Coach Willeme he can be reached at simon.willeme@johnabbott.qc.ca.

Islanders Awards Night

The 43rd annual awards night will be held on Wednesday April 26th at 19h00. The evening will recognize the various student-athlete performances over the course of the past season. Major awards to be handed out include the Jeff Mills Memorial Awards recognizing excellence in leadership, perseverance and dedication, male and female athletes of the year as well as various academic awards and team prizes.

LL news

Loonies Flock the Campus at John Abbott College

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – March 22, 2017 – The John Abbott College campus took on a remarkable look and feel yesterday, raising $20,006 for the Student Assistance Fund.

Students and staff jumped in to the annual fundraiser, started in 2003, where loonies are stuck to two-sided tape that runs the length of College – almost 250 m!  Energy and school spirit led the charge to elevate the Loonie Line to an unprecedented success.

Everyone can use some help occasionally and if that means helping a student stay in school, the Assistance Fund at John Abbott is there for them. The Fund is set up to help with groceries, textbooks, registration fees and much more.

About John Abbott College
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes 6500 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

About the John Abbott College Foundation

Established in October 1999, the Foundation exists to support John Abbott College’s mission and statement of purpose.  Through fundraising activities, the Foundation allows the College to respond to the steadily increasing demands for its services, while ensuring that the education students receive and the environment in which they learn are second-to-none.



Islander Sports News

Women’s Basketball on their way to Provincials

The women’s basketball team qualified for the RSEQ Division 2 provincial championships as they went 2-2 in the South West Conference finals to claim the fourth and final playoff berth.

The Islanders opened with a solid 80-51 in over St. Jerome Friday night at Abbott as Annie Pollender led all scorers with 25 points while Andrea Batrla and Kelly Corsi chipped in with 17 and 10 points respectively.

The action switched to Ahuntsic Saturday as the Islanders dropped a 74-57 decision to St. Jean. Pollender was the top scorer with 15 points. The Isles punched their ticket to Chicoutimi with a 79-40 win over Heritage College, with Pollender (19 points), Girlie Owusu (15) and Aaliyah Hamilton (10) all scoring in double figures in the victory.

Abbott closed out the weekend with an 85-63 defeat at the hands of the Montmorency Nomades. Darnelle Noel was top scorer with 20 points while Alexis Maniatis tallied 16 points and Pollender added 10.

Hockey Pushed Edouard Montpetit to the Limit

In a must win game at home on Friday night the Isles came away with a 5-4 overtime win. Hailey Burns had a hat trick and 2 assists, while Sara Levesque scored the overtime winner and potted 2 assists. This pushed the series to a deciding game 3 at Edouard Montpetit on Saturday night.

The Isles could only score once in the deciding game a goal by Jessica Bouchard in the third period but the Lynx already had a 3 goal lead. With the 3-1 loss the Isles season comes to a close.

Men’s Volleyball Season Comes to a Close

With a 1-2 record at the Conference finals, the Isles fail to qualify for Provincials. An easy win against Marianopolis (25-18, 25-18), did little to prepare them for what was to come. A driven Edouard Montpetit team came out and the Isles could not find an answer for the high hitting offence, losing 17-25, 21-25.

Now in a must win game against Montmorency the Isles fought back from an early 7-1 deficit to win the first set 26-24. The Nomades took the second set 19-25 to force a deciding third set with the provincial berth on the line. The Isles had the early lead and momentum at the side switch, up as much as 10-6, but the Montmorency team were able to capitalize on some untimely unforced errors by the Isles to take the match 14-16. Good luck to graduating players Justin Pemberton and Markus Nitka.

Cheer wraps up their season at Conference Finals

With another 8th place finish the Cheer team will not qualify for provincials at the end of the month.