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MONTREAL, MARCH 19, 2015 The importance of courage, bravery and community service was on the agenda recently as students at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount held their first annual Courage Day.

Organized by the Be the Change Committee along with Spiritual Community Animator Rocco Speranza, the day featured motivational speeches from members of the Canadian Grenadier Guards, former Harlem Globetrotter Pascal Fleury as well as Joshua Bourke of the Montreal Alouettes.

Silence fell over the audience and all the messages of the day came together when current Canadian Forces Corporal James Santos spoke of his experience at Dawson College during the 2006 shooting. A student at the time, Santos was used as a human shield by the shooter. In recognition of his courage and bravery, Santos was the recipient of the Star of Courage award from then-Governor General Michalle Jean.

I was just trying to convince [the shooter] to stop what he was doing, anyway possible, said Santos.

In addition to the motivational speeches, the guests on hand, along with Principal John Pevec joined students in a basketball game. The Vincent Massey Collegiate cheerleaders were on the sidelines, cheering on their peers.


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