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MONTREAL, JANUARY 13, 2014 - Two students from the Marymount Adult Education Centre in Côte Saint-Luc recently received Adult Education Awards from Gamma Province of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International.

Cynthia Koomas, who retired as principal in December, worked with her staff to choose two
deserving winners on the basis of their hard work and academic achievement.   Barbara Angus, scholarship chair, and Rena Entus, past president of Gamma Province (Quebec) of the DKG Society, presented the awards to Viorica Negru and Zainab Abbas.  Each of these women is studying to improve their English skills at Marymount, in addition to taking academic courses and raising their own families.

Ms. Abbas, a widowed mother, recently completed and passed the Canadian Citizenship course. At the same time she is studying high school math and next plans to take physics, French and academic English. When she completes these courses Ms. Abbas looks forward to study to become a radiology technician.  To quote her teacher, Lucy Sanza, “Zainab is a very dedicated mother and student.”

Ms. Negru left Romania with her husband and three children to find a better life in Canada.  While her husband works, often away from home, to support the family, Ms. Negru copes with raising her children between the ages of five to 12 and pursues her studies in two schools.  Her long term goal is to graduate in the field of speech therapy. Teacher Christine Morin says “Viorica is a woman who is deserving and worthy of this honour; when her children were feeling low she told them that the most important thing was that they had each other.”

DKG International is a professional honour society for women in education with more than 90, 000 women in 18 countries.  The mission of DKG is to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Thus, Gamma Province Quebec members support and promote not only their own members, but also do so for deserving young women in the community; hence, the reason for the award to  Ms. Abbas and Ms. Negru.

Other local projects include support for Giant Steps School in Montreal, and the Evelyn Eaton award for a teacher at the elementary level to purchase materials for an innovative project to advance the instruction of French.  This year’s winner was Sabrina Boukdjadja of Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Léonard.

Quebec President Yocheved Sonenberg proudly reports that Gamma Province also supports two scholarships at McGill that DKG Quebec initiated; the Sarah Paltiel Award for a first year student in elementary education and the Dr. Mildred Burns Award for Leadership in Education. McGill is also a site for the Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship Grants for international students studying at McGill.

The DKG Society offers women the opportunity to connect, interact with and share their knowledge and learn from local people as well as educators around the world.  We would welcome the participation of either of these women if and when they enter a field in education.

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