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Rick Valin looks back on coaching career

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVILLE March 17, 2021
One of the latest inductions into Pontiac High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame is a tireless coach and educator that helped out many youth during his decades of service.
Rick Valin first came to Pontiac Protestant High School (PPHS) as a social studies teacher in 1976, after a stint teaching in the northern community of Matagami. Having grown up in Montreal, he said that he and his wife Carole (who he met in Matagami), wanted to settle down in a place in between both their home towns.
“It was quite an experience after living in Montreal, going to a mining community in northern Quebec, it was very different. But I did meet my wife,” he said with a laugh. “We decided that we wanted to raise our family halfway between Montreal and Matagami.”
They settled on Shawville and have been here ever since.

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