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MONTREAL, MAY 21, 2015 – Some students and staff from Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School in Montreal West participated in the May 20 launch of Nancy Kosik’s new book Guiding You in the Right Direction: Basic Day-to-Day Etiquette. It took place at Paragraph Bookstore downtown.

This Oops! Etiquette Series, published in association with Les Editions LaLucia,   is written for children, tweens and teens ages 9 to 14. This series of books is designed to provide tools that will help them develop self‐awareness, awareness of others, and responsibility regarding the outcome of their interactions with people of all ages in diverse, realistic, social situations. Children will learn about the power they possess so they can impact how others treat them and view them, by making the most of every opportunity. Topics addressed send the clear message that etiquette is related to everything we do. It is designed in a way that enhances the readers learning experience, by thinking things through, keeping them involved, and engaged in conversation. This book teaches readers that kindness to others also equates gains for yourself and as a result, encourages correct and polite behaviour. This book is filled with photos and fun tips to accompany all topics for easy reading that is both educational and entertaining.

EBS teacher Suzanne Englebretson, with the support of Principal Otis Delaney, brought Ms. Kosik into her Grade 5 class for a 12-week period to focus on etiquette. “The results are excellent,” she said. “We dealt with internet etiquette, for instance. That is something we as teachers did not grow up with.”

Students Aswini Senathirajah and Qasim Mughal spoke at the launch, lauding the value of the book and the lessons they learned. Ms. Kosik presented them with framed certificates from her Nancy Kosik Academy of International Protocol and Etiquette.

“This is not a book of rules,” Ms. Kosik stated. “Children do not like rules. They like to figure things out on their own. It takes practice to build good habits. I wanted to make my mark with a book for children. They are our future leaders.”

Ms. Kosik launched her Academy following a successful 10 year career in the corporate world, as controller for several Canadian companies. Her mandates encompassed internal restructuring, human resources and finances, assisting corporations to reach maximum potential for success and achievement. Ms. Kosik’s extensive dealings with executives and employees of all levels honed her skills as an effective communicator, and bestowed her with a keen understanding of interpersonal relations in corporate and social situations.

Throughout the progression of her careers, Ms. Kosik furthered her studies in London
(England), Canada, and in Washington D.C (U.S.A.) to become a certified Protocol Officer, a trusted professional assuring protocol is respected for formal events, ceremonies, and protocols within the workplace. Also certified as an Expert Etiquette Consultant, and armed with her corporate background, international studies, and experience in facilitating etiquette and protocol trainings, she brings in-depth knowledge and skills to people of numerous ranks in a variety of industries such as sales, customer service, administration, hospitality, entertainment, government, and international relations.

Apart from creating this lifelong etiquette program for youth and teens, universities refer to her expertise to help students jumpstart their careers, and prepare for the interview process and business arena. Professionals and corporations worldwide from Canada to the Kingdom of Bahrain have participated in trainings provided by her in order to enhance their professional image, internal workplace relationships, to create an amazing customer experience, to heighten overall professionalism, leadership skills, and diplomacy skills. High level government officials have also sought her advice in preparation for upcoming events such as international and royal visits.

Ms. Kosik has worked elsewhere at the EMSB, including Westmount High School, St. Raphael High School in Park Extension, Mountainview Alternative High School in Côte Saint-Luc, 
Marymount Academy International  and Royal Vale Elementary and High School in NDG, Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard,  Gardenview and Parkdale Elementary Schools in St. Laurent and Leonardo Da Vinci Academy in RDP.

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