Marcel DeGagne first attended Marion School from grade 2 to 4 and continued at Provencher School until grade 8 before attending St. Boniface Diocesan High School.
Marcel came to SBDHS by accident! As a Francophone, his parents had intended that he attend Precious Blood school, but a change in their program resulted in a search for a new school. Marcel’s parents preferred that he attend a Catholic school and therefor they chose SBDHS – perhaps a bit of Divine intervention was involved!
Marcel’s overall experience was a good one – it was a welcoming place, part of a smaller community, you couldn’t get lost and every teacher knew who you were! Marcel remembers that it was easy to get involved here and the smaller class sizes helped him to make friends. There was a sense of warmth, welcoming and inviting vibes.
The school was an academically challenging place, as it should be; and served its students with a quality education. The experience with the teachers was great. Mrs. Maloshicky and Mr. Boyko are great examples of the quality of teaching in this school.
Co-Curricular Highlights: Marcel was part of the drama club, Mission Club and ran for Treasurer of the Student Government.
Proudest Moment at SBDHS: My proudest moment was winning the Chown Award for working hard academically and the Sr. Judith Anne award.
Best Advice for a New Student: Take the opportunity to communicate with those around you and take hold of the personal touch as there are challenges with the adolescent years. Also remember that all your teachers are guides. Focus on the connectiveness and communications, it’s not quantity, it’s quality.
University Programs: Attended St. Boniface College (now known as Université de St. Boniface) and achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. At the time, Marcel had a goal of becoming a priest. In 2003, he completed a Diploma in Theology from Université Laval in Québec.
From several years after graduation he took time to self-reflect and pray on his future calling and decided to enroll in a Technical and Professional College with a Diploma in Business Administration.
He spent a part of his career working for the Archdiocese of St. Boniface and met his wife Gayle Gessner in 2006 while working with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. The two were married in October 2010.
Marcel is currently studying to be a Permanent Deacon with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface. He has successfully completed the first year out of a 4-year program where he hopes to be ordained in 2021!