Dominic Decoeur is back where it all began, as the coach and educator has returned to work at Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais as the high school’s vice-principal for the 2020-21 school year.
The Cornwall resident began his teaching career in Alexandria, where he became well-known for his leadership of the school’s boys hockey program.
Translated from French, Decoeur posted on the school’s Facebook page, “It is with great pleasure and great pride that I return to Le Relais after having had the opportunity to teach here from 2007 to 2018. I wish to continue to forge collaborative links with students, parents, and the Glengarry community.”
On the coaching side, he led Les Rapides to a string of successes on the ice, highlighted by numerous provincial medals from the Tournoi Franco Ontarien, an annual competition amongst teams from Ontario’s French-language high schools.
In 2018, he left the Alexandria school for a post at Cornwall’s La Citadelle, where he served the past two years as vice-principal.
On his return to Le Relais, Decoeur tells me, “Really happy … It’ll make me grow.”
“Un mot de notre direction adjointe. C’est avec grand plaisir et beaucoup de fierté que je reviens au Relais après avoir eu l’opportunité d’enseigner ici de 2007 à 2018. Je souhaite continuer à tisser des liens de collaboration avec les élèves, les parents et la communauté de Glengarry. Avec toute l’équipe du Relais, notre rôle demeure de tenter d’être partenaire de l’élève dans sa construction identitaire, miser sur les processus qui le mèneront à être un apprenant pour la vie, et développer des compétences essentielles pour relever les défis de sa génération. Au plaisir de créer un partenariat avec vous chers Rapides et à demain!”
Dominic Decoeur original statement on Facebook (in French)
What a three days of hockey it was for the girls hockey team from École secondaire catholique Le Relais, as les Rapides skated over their opponents en route to scoring gold at the Tournoi Franco Ontarien.
The pinnacle came on November 7 in Casselman, where Le Relais prevailed 2-0 over Sturgeon Falls to capture gold. Amélie Brunet was named player of the game, but by all accounts, the victory was the result of some solid teamwork.
For many girls, it was a first experience in hockey … all along, no one was ever discouraged. [They] kept their heads up and we were determined to win gold and we certainly did!
Lauryn Craig, grade 10
Through the previous two days of round-robin play, les Rapides were dominant, maximizing their Franco points in each game as the girls went unbeaten. Playing in St. Isidore, they amassed a +28 goal differential, allowing just two goals against, whilst scoring 30 over four games.
Lauryn Craig and Chloéanne Seguin were named Rapides players of the tournament.
Even with a huge gap in age (grade 7-12), our goal as a team was to always work hard and do our very best, and we all did!
Chloéanne Seguin, grade 12
For more details on round-robin results, please see these previous posts:
Les Rapides will skate for Franco Ontarien hockey gold in Casselman today, November 7, at 9 a.m., facing off against ESC Franco Cité.
The girls hockey team from Le Relais has had quite the run over the previous two days of the tournament in St. Isidore, running the table unbeaten, and amassing a +28 goal differential. Les Rapides have allowed just two goals against, whilst scoring 30.
Day two of the competition opened with the last of three round-robin games where Le Relais blanked ESP Alliance 10-0 and nabbed the maximum 15 Franco points.
Later, in the semifinal against the same team, Les Rapides prevailed 9-0 to earn the right to play for gold on Thursday.
It was a great opening day of play for the high school girls hockey team from Le Relais today in St. Isidore, as Les Rapides skated to a pair of convincing victories and captured 30 points under the Franco scoring system.
Playing against Champlain this morning, Le Relais scored a 5-0 win, on the strength of goals from Myriam Boisvenue (2), Chloeanne Seguin (2), and Lauryn Craig. Assists were credited to Boisvenue, Seguin, Craig, and Chloé Levert.
The Franco hockey scoring system allots points, to a maximum of 15 per game, for the win in the game, periods won, and for limiting the number of penalties taken.
In game two, Les Rapides got past Franco Cité 6-2. Coach Marc Seguin says…
Chloé Levert joueuse du match… sa première expérience au hockey!
(Levert was named player of the game. This tournament is her first hockey experience.)
The girls are scheduled to continue round-robin action on Wednesday, with games at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.