Thomas Desormeaux is a Cornwall teen who suffers from Dyslexia. This past September he got the opportunity to attend a francophone demonstration school called “Centre Jules-Leger” in Ottawa where he also lives from Monday to Friday before he is shuttled home for the weekend.
The specialized school has helped this young man tremendously since he started there in the fall. He arrived reading at a Grade 3 level and now reads at a Grade 6 level.
Thomas and his family are working hard to keep the school open since the province is currently doing a feasibility study and collecting data to see whether or not to keep these type of schools open. There is more than the Centre Jules Leger under review. It’s something the Minsitry of Education is looking at to cut costs.
Here is Thomas and his twin sister April along with their parents, Raymond and Lynn, at Queen’s Park.
The Desormeaux family is part of the large number of people who have descended on Queen’s Park to have their voices heard in order to keep these types of facilities open for years to come. Thomas’ mother, Lynn, has been going door to door in Cornwall and area collecting signature to drop off to local MPP Jim McDonell’s office to make sure they get to Queen’s park and the Ministry of Education.
If you’d like to help the Desormeaux’s keep Thomas’ school open along with the others across the province you can sign an online petition here.
Here is a group at today’s(April 14th) rally at Queen’s Park.