Committee fits Donald DesRoches passion for education
Donald DesRoches believes lifelong learning is the key to success in the modern workplace – and a fundamental right.
“Change is constant and continuous learning is the best way to manage,” he said.
The president of Collège Acadie practices what he preaches. Last June he donned a mortar board and gown as he and his daughter collected degrees together from Université de Moncton -- he with an MBA and she with applied bachelor’s in lab sciences.
Forwarding his name to sit on the Learning Partners Advisory Committee was an easy decision for DesRoches. He feels that change is needed in the public school system and that the committee can achieve consensus on the appropriate changes.
DesRoches has been committed to public service for many years with a number of francophone Island non-governmental organizations as well as the provincial government. Five years ago he accepted the presidency of Collège Acadie Î,-P,-É, -- the Island’s French post-secondary institution – where he has been busy raising the college’s profile while developing partnerships with Holland College and UPEI.
While supporting significant change at the college, President DesRoches has found time to remain an active contributor to his community as chair of the Conseil acadien de Rustico, responsible for French language community activities and Early Years services in Rustico. He also volunteers with other organizations that support youth projects.
“Whether we volunteer at school, coach a team, support a lonely senior, or sit on a parent board of an early years centre, when the outcome is a better society, we are involved in public service, » he said« We all have a valuable contribution to make.”
The Brookfield resident has some big ideas to help make students the true focus of the Island’s education system. Desroches believes changes to the English and French language education system in the province will mean big improvements, and he is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work as a member of the Learning Partners Advisory Committee.
Following public school studies in English, DesRoches studied in French at Université Sainte-Anne and Université de Moncton and has undertaken significant short course work. He is married to Lorna DesRoches and has two adult children:Chantelle, who works at the QEH lab, and Mathieu who is studying in New Brunswick.
In addition to his work and volunteer commitments and passion for reading, he makes good use of the Confederation trail on foot and by bike.