Welcome to the Pathways to Education community page for Verdun!

About the Verdun Community

Located on the south part of the Island of Montreal, Verdun was founded in 1671 and is one of Quebec’s oldest municipalities. According to a comprehensive 2003 socio-economic survey, there are more than 14,000 families with children living in the Verdun community, most of whom are economically marginalized. Most families in the area are sole support parents, living on social assistance and unemployment. Over 45 per cent of Verdun households (not including the high-income Nun’s Island) have annual incomes of less than $30,000. The vast majority of families are Francophone, with smaller English speaking and Vietnamese communities.

In 2007, 25.3% of students in Quebec left high school without obtaining a diploma. In Verdun, this proportion was close to double, with certain schools reaching an astonishing rate of 49.3%. Recognizing the shared goal of combating high school drop out and reducing poverty, Toujours ensemble partnered with Pathways to Education Canada in 2007 to implement its proven model in Verdun and, in doing so, became the first organization in Quebec to host the Pathways program. After just one year, because of the impact Pathways was making on the students of Verdun, participation in the program doubled in numbers.


Catchment Area

The catchment area is the two elementary schools in east Verdun, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and Lévis Sauvé.

The Verdun Pathways to Education Program is located at:

   Toujours ensemble

   601, 2e avenue, Verdun (Québec) H4G 2W7    

   T 514-761-7867 poste 204    F 514 761 2614

Verdun Catchment Map

How to Join

All students in the geographic catchment area are eligible to enrol in the Pathways program, regardless of their academic performance or economic circumstance. Initial enrolment begins in Secondary I and students remain in the program until the end of Secondary V, however students may join the program in any high school grade where applicable. The Pathways program is at no cost to the participants. If you would like to join the Pathways program and are currently enrolled in secondary I - V, you or your parent/guardian can contact Jérôme Hermitte at jerome.hermitte@toujoursensemble.org.

How to Volunteer

The Pathways to Education Program requires skilled and committed volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative program, which can make a positive difference in the lives of youth and their families. Both one-on-one and group tutoring positions are available and training is provided. Recruitment is ongoing. Join the dedicated team of Pathways volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Verdun’s youth.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or group mentor in the Pathways Verdun program, please contact Jérôme Hermitte at jerome.hermitte@toujoursensemble.org indicating your area of interest and expertise.

For complete program information, please contact:

Daniel Lapalme,

Director of Programs


Toujours ensemble

601, 2e avenue, Verdun (Québec) H4G 2W7    

T 514-761-7867 poste 015    F 514 761 2614

Or visit the website:

www.toujoursensemble.org and click on Programs


Pathways to Education Verdun is administered by host agency Toujours ensemble, a not-for-profit organization that has been providing academic, financial and social support to youth in the underprivileged community of Verdun for over 25 years. To visit Toujours ensemble’s website, please click here.

Pathways Communities

  • The Pathways program is delivered through local community organizations
  • All high school aged youth living within the program’s catchment area are eligible to participate
  • With average sign-up rates over 81%, Pathways is a collective movement of the community for education