I have always been guided by two ideas. First, the ideal world is one in which people help others – unreservedly and with great happiness. Second, the idea that Edward Everett Hale expressed, that I paraphrase: I am only one person, but still I am one, and I will not let what I cannot do, interfere with
what I can do.
I want to help make the world a better place, and I cannot think of a better way to do that than helping children to stay in school. My goal is that through the Valiquette Academy Foundation, we will be able to help every child receive as much educational aid as needed. Our goal is to motivate all students to want to learn, to finish high school, CEGEP, and successfully complete their university studies. Ultimately, our goal is to help children to become successful, happy and positive contributing members of society.
There is a lot to do to achieve these goals. Sometimes our children are hungry and we have to provide them with food. Other times, they do not have adequate winter clothes and we have to help there too. On a daily basis we must provide school materials, books and computers. At the same time, we need to motivate children to
become aware of the importance of education and inspire them to study. We must conform to the highest standards, act as mentors and encourage children to want to become the best versions of themselves, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. If you are reading these words, it is because the idea of helping children to receive education is important to you. We hope that we may have your help so that we may benefit more children and, hopefully, create a better world.
Jay G. Valiquette
The Valiquette Academy Foundation