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MONTREAL,  April 15, 2013 –    This year, for the very first time, three individuals will share the honours of Volunteer of Distinction at the  English Montreal School Board’s  (EMSB) annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening. It will take place  on Tuesday, April 16 at the Plaza Volare of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (6600 Cote de Liesse Road) in St. Laurent. The event is being held on the eve of National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 21 to 27, under the theme of “Volunteers: The Key To Our Success.”

The three Volunteers of Distinction for 2013 are: Anne Wade (Royal West Academy in Montreal West), who has been an EMSB volunteer for 11 years. Ms. Wade is known for the abundance of great qualities she possesses, which contributes to the long reaching impact she has made from her service to Royal West Academy (RWA), such as intelligence, a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, a teamwork approach, leadership and diligence.  As a result, she has gained a great deal of respect there because of her efficiency at completing so many tasks and for being so motivating and caring for the well being of Royal West. Ms. Wade has selflessly devoted countless hours of her time to many school committees, programs and activities, including the RWA Foundation, which helped to realize the complete restoration of the school’s auditorium, and as a parent representative to the Governing Board. Her years of tireless dedication as a volunteer has also extended to the EMSB, where she served as a parent commissioner and a vice chair and has been instrumental behind the Balanced Literacy Initiative and the Green Committee.

Teresa Cocullo-Scotto (John F. Kennedy High School in  Villeray) has been volunteering her time to the EMSB for a decade at the elementary and high school level. For the past six years, she has been a member of John F. Kennedy High School’s Governing Board, and is currently serving as its chairperson. Ms. Cocullo-Scotto was also a member of the school’s Parent Participation Organization, a delegate to the Region 2 Parents’ Committee, and a delegate to the Central Parents’ Committee. She has also served on several committees on the board level, including the Educational Policies Committee.

Ilgin Sartekin (LaurenHill Academy in  St. Laurent) has devoted her time and efforts as an EMSB volunteer for over 10 years, first at Royal West Academy and Dunrae Gardens School, and then at LaurenHill Academy. Ms. Sartekin also has the distinction of volunteering at every event LaurenHill has held since she started there. She has served for many years as a member of the school’s Governing Board and as chairperson of the Home and School committee, and has served on the school’s Pre Prom Committee and chaired LaurenHill’s 20th Anniversary cocktail event. Ms. Sartekin ha also volunteered her time on the board level, serving as a member on both the Regional Parents’ Committee and the Central Parents’ Committee, as well as the Educational Policies Committee.

All three Volunteers of Distinction have children completing their studies this year at the Secondary V level of the EMSB.

The 2013 EMSB Volunteer Appreciation Evening will be emceed by Montreal stand-up comedian Franco Taddeo and Mike Cohen of the EMSB. 

La Capitale Financial Services ( is the event’s title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. The other event sponsors are the Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway ( located in North Conway, New Hampshire, Green Apple Studio (, Double Pizza (, Steve’s Music Store ( and Loft Uniforms (


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213