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2017

24
Nov

December 6 commemoration: Fourth edition of Polytechnique Montréal’s Week of the White Rose takes place from December 1 to 8, 2017

Polytechnique created the Week of the White Rose in 2014 to encourage the “blooming” of scientific talent and awaken an interest in science, technology and engineering in young girls who otherwise might not be attracted to these disciplines. The campaign takes its name from the fact that the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities over the years. [...]

As December 6 approaches and Polytechnique Montréal prepares for the annual day of remembrance of the tragic events of 1989, the institution invites members of the public to make a meaningful, symbolic gesture by taking part in the Week of the White Rose.

Polytechnique created the Week of the White Rose in 2014 to encourage the “blooming” of scientific talent and awaken an interest in science, technology and engineering in young girls who otherwise might not be attracted to these disciplines. The campaign takes its name from the fact that the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities over the years.

The Week of the White Rose provides the opportunity to give the gift of virtual white roses to anyone, through the whiteroseweek.org site. Each purchase of roses is a donation to Folie Technique, Polytechnique’s science day camp. The funds raised provide girls from less affluent communities with the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities.

Give the gift of white roses and let the future bloom

Polytechnique invites members of its community and the general public, as well as corporations, to give loved ones or clients the gift of virtual white roses. It is a gesture that brings joy while sowing the seeds of a brighter future.

  • One rose ($10) pays for transportation for a girl to attend a science activity.
  • A bouquet of 14 roses ($50) funds a science activity in an elementary school classroom.
  • A bouquet of 25 roses ($150) pays for a girl to attend a week-long Folie Technique science day camp in the summer.

Since its creation, the Week of the White Rose has raised approximately $50,000 and enabled some 5,000 young girls to be part of classroom science workshops and attend the Folie Technique camp. However, demand far outweighs this non-profit organization’s supply: there are long waiting lists for these popular “all-girl” groups.

Although they make up more than half the population, the number of Canadian women undertaking careers in engineering remains low. According to Engineers Canada, less than 12% of practising licensed engineers in the country are women. In 1989, at the time of the Polytechnique tragedy, women accounted for 17% of the student population at the school. As of 2017, nearly 28% of Polytechnique students are women, and there is gender parity in many specialized fields, such as biomedical, chemical, industrial and geological engineering.

While donations reach a peak during the week leading up to December 6, the Week of the White Rose transactional website is always live, making it possible to purchase a gift of white roses at any time of the year.

With the Week of the White Rose, Polytechnique reaffirms that it will never forget, but at the same time will always look to the future.

 OTHER COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS

Order of the White Rose scholarship ceremony

On Friday, December 1, at 11 a.m., Polytechnique will hold the third annual Order of the White Rose scholarship presentation ceremony, during which a deserving Canadian woman engineering student wishing to pursue graduate studies will receive the $30,000 award. A media advisory will be issued shortly.

Placing of bouquets of roses at the commemorative plaque

On Wednesday, December 6, at 8:30 a.m., bouquets of white roses will be placed at the commemorative plaque by Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Polytechnique Board of Directors; François Bertrand, interim CEO of Polytechnique; Yann Blanchard, President of the Polytechnique students association; and Nikolay Radoev, Vice-President, External Affairs, of the Polytechnique graduate students’ association. Staff, students and members of the public are invited to gather and reflect at the site throughout the day. The commemorative plaque is outside, on the southwest façade of the main building of Polytechnique.

Beacons of light on Mount Royal

To perpetuate the memory of the young women who lost their lives in 1989, the Comité Mémoire, jointly with the City of Montréal, invites members of the public to gather at the lookout on Mount Royal on Wednesday, December 6, at 5 p.m. For the fourth year in a row, the skies above Montreal will be lit by Moment Factory’s light installation between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. After a brief word of welcome and a minute’s silence, the 14 beacons of light will be lit one by one as the 14 victims’ names are read aloud.

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s largest engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the Québec leader for the scope of its engineering research activities. It is located on the campus of Université de Montreal, the largest French-language university campus in the Americas. With over 47,500 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. The institution offers more than 120 programs. Polytechnique has 260 professors and 8,300 students. It has an annual operating budget of $213 million, including a research budget of $75 million.

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology through creative, interactive and accessible activities. More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year

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AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

  • Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Board of Directors of Polytechnique and the school’s first woman graduate in civil engineering
  • Folietechnique’s Representatives

DOCUMENTATION

Week of the White Rose website: whiteroseweek.org

Thank-you video from young Folie Technique campers

 

INFORMATION

Interview requests

Annie Touchette
Polytechnique Montréal
514 231-8133
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca

Information

Andrée Peltier
514 846-0003
514 944-8689
apeltier@ca.inter.net

2016

30
Nov

Third edition of Polytechnique Montréal’s Week of the White Rose takes place November 29 to December 6, 2016

As December 6 approaches and Polytechnique Montréal prepares for the annual day of remembrance of the tragic events of 1989, the institution invites members of the public to make a meaningful, symbolic gesture by taking part in the Week of the White Rose. [...]

Giving a gift of virtual white roses to encourage the “blooming” of promising talents and stimulate an interest in the sciences that might not otherwise have emerged: that is the mission Polytechnique Montréal had in mind when it created the Week of the White Rose in 2014.

Over the years, the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities. During this annual fundraising campaign, Polytechnique invites members of its community and the general public, as well as corporations, to make a donation by giving loved ones or clients the gift of virtual roses through the whiteroseweek.org site. All funds raised go to Folie Technique, Polytechnique’s science day camp, to provide girls from less affluent communities with the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities.

Give the gift of white roses and let the future bloom

  • One rose ($10) pays for transportation for a girl to attend a science activity.
  • A bouquet of 14 roses ($50) funds a science activity in an elementary school classroom.
  • A bouquet of 25 roses ($150) pays for a girl to attend a week-long Folie Technique science day camp in the summer.

Since its creation, the Week of the White Rose has raised approximately $40,000 and enabled more than 3,200 young girls to be part of classroom science workshops and attend the Folie Technique summer camp. However, demand far outweighs this non-profit organization’s supply: there are long waiting lists for these popular “all-girl” groups.

Although they make up more than half the population, the number of Canadian women undertaking careers in engineering remains low. According to Engineers Canada, less than 12% of practising licensed engineers in the country are women. In 1989, at the time of the Polytechnique tragedy, women accounted for 17% of the student population at the school. As of 2016, nearly 28% of Polytechnique students are women, and there is gender parity in many specialized fields, such as biomedical, chemical, industrial and geological engineering.

While donations reach a peak during the week leading up to December 6, the Week of the White Rose transactional website is always live, making it possible to purchase a gift of white roses at any time of the year.

With the Week of the White Rose, Polytechnique reaffirms that it will never forget, but at the same time will always look to the future.

 

OTHER COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS

Order of the White Rose scholarship ceremony

On Monday, December 5, at 2 p.m., Polytechnique will hold the second annual Order of the White Rose scholarship presentation ceremony, during which a deserving Canadian woman engineering student wishing to pursue graduate studies will receive the $30,000 award. A media advisory will be issued shortly.

Placing of bouquets of roses at the commemorative plaque

On Tuesday, December 6, at 8:30 a.m., bouquets of white roses will be placed at the commemorative plaque by Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Polytechnique Board of Directors; Christophe Guy, CEO of Polytechnique; Clara Levy-Provençal, interim President of the Polytechnique students association; and Joël Girard-Lauzière, President of the Polytechnique graduate students’ association. Staff, students and members of the public are invited to gather and reflect at the site throughout the day. The commemorative plaque is outside, on the southwest façade of the main building of Polytechnique.

Beacons of light on Mount Royal

For the third year in a row, the skies above Montreal will be lit by 14 beams of light on the evening of December 6, in remembrance of the victims. Those who wish to gather and reflect may do so near the beacons in front of the Chalet on Mount Royal, near the summit in Mount Royal Park. A news release will be issued shortly by the City of Montreal.

 

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 45,700 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. The institution offers more than 120 programs. Polytechnique has 250 professors and over 8,200 students. It has an annual operating budget of more than $210 million, including a research budget exceeding $70 million.

 

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology through creative, interactive and accessible activities. More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year.

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AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS
Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Board of Directors of Polytechnique and the school’s first woman graduate in civil engineering
A young Folie Technique camper
Julie Doucet Lamoureux, Executive Director of Folie Technique

Thank-you video from young Folie Technique campers

INFORMATION
Interview requests
Annie Touchette
Polytechnique Montréal
514 231-8133
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca

Information
Andrée Peltier
514 846-0003
514 944-8689
apeltier@ca.inter.net

2015

27
Nov

Second edition of Polytechnique Montréal’s Week of the White Rose will be held from November 30 to December 6, 2015

December 6 – “It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom.”
- ANATOLE FRANCE [...]

The Week of the White Rose was established by Polytechnique Montréal last year with a mission: to give virtual roses and help promote the “blooming” of promising talent and to stimulate an interest in the sciences that might not otherwise have emerged. By creating a hope-filled annual event on the 25th anniversary of the dark tragedy that forever marked the institution, Polytechnic reaffirmed that it would never forget, but at the same time would always look to the future.

Polytechnique Montréal is once again calling on its entire community and the general public to buy virtual white roses. This fundraiser gives young girls from disadvantaged and multiethnic backgrounds the opportunity to develop a positive attitude toward science and engineering.

A first successful edition: 2,700 students reached!

The first edition of the Week of the White Rose raised some $25,000, helping to provide scholarships to 20 young schoolgirls to attend Polytechnique’s Folie Technique science day camp. Another 70 girls participated in the camp’s Codemakers activity, in partnership with Google, to learn more about computer programming. In addition, 1,500 elementary school girls participated in classroom science workshops and more than 1,000 female high school students attended interactive mathematics workshops. The Week of the White Rose also enabled the holding of an after-school science club, while seven classes from elementary schools located in disadvantaged areas of Montréal had the opportunity to host a robotics club.

“Two of my 5th-grade students won a scholarship to Folie Technique camp this year thanks to their science fair project,” says Julia Laporta, an elementary school teacher in Montréal. “Donations to the Week of the White Rose provided tangible help for them to discover the world of science, realize their potential, develop interests and come into contact with the university milieu. But most of all, they realized that all this is accessible to them, and they learned more about the various engineering sectors and about the qualifications required to become an engineer.”

As the Holiday season approaches, companies are also being asked to offer white roses as a corporate gift. Last year, instead of sending a traditional calendar for the new year, one Québec company made a $2,000 donation to the Week of the White Rose. The company’s customers welcomed the gesture and the initiative enabled several girls to participate in science activities during the year.

The Week of the White Rose provides an opportunity for a collective moment of reflection, contemplation and remembrance that offers renewed vigour and gives the next generation of engineers the energy and strength they need. While the activities culminate every year during the week leading up to December 6, the Week of the White Rose transactional web site is always live, making it possible to purchase virtual white roses at any time of the year.

 

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 43,000 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides training in 15 engineering specialties, and has 265 professors and more than 8,000 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $200 million, including an $80-million research budget.

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology through creative, interactive and accessible activities.More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year.

On the 25th anniversary of the tragic events of December 6, 1989, Polytechnique Montréal presented the very first edition of the Week of the White Rose. This annual fundraiser, to benefit Polytechnique Montréal’s science camp, Folie Technique, is aimed at giving girls from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities, through the sale of virtual white roses.