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MONTREAL, MAY 30, 2005- Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard has formally unveiled its Stone of Hope Plaza at the front of its building on Viau Street.

"We believe this is a wonderful tribute to the multicultural and multiracial blend that graces our community," says Principal Pat Buttino "It will also be a place where all people within our community can come, enjoy and reflect on the Hope that it inspires for a tolerant, respectful world."

Mr. Buttino called the plaza "representative of all races and cultures and serves as a place of unity and identity." A stone, approximately five feet in length, four feet in height and one and a half feet in width, was unveiled with the message: "To commemorate all those who have suffered atrocities throughout the world. Here is a wish of hope, peace and happiness in a world where atrocities exist no more."

Mr. Buttino credited teacher Jake Sookhdeo, who heads the school’s multicultural society, for the seeding of an idea. "We are a school with an international program of studies therefore it would make sense for us to initiate a message of tolerance."

Partners in the project include Marcel Nadeau, Caisse Populaire Desjardins on Jarry & Lacordaire, Premier Jean Charest, MNA Michel Bissonet, Education Minister Jean-Marc Fournier, Aldo Vicenzo of Avicor Construction and the late Gabriel Pigeon of Paysagiste Gabriel Pigeon. Sponsors in the project included Massimo Pacetti M.P. of St. Leonard-Anjou, Phillippe Auger of Copie Express and Cassa Popolare Italiana.

Among the dignitaries on hand for the unveiling were Mr. Pacetti, Maitre Michel Bissonet, EMSB Chair Dominic Spiridigliozzi, Director General Antonio Lacroce, Deputy Director General Don Reid and EMSB Region 1 Director Patricia Moffa.

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