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MONTREAL, MARCH 21, 2016 – The English Montreal School Board will hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening on Tuesday, April 12 at the Centre Renaissance (7550 Boulevard Henri Bourassa East) in Anjou. This year’s event is being held to commemorate National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 11 to 15, under the theme of “Leading By Example.”

Montreal comedian Guido Grasso will perform a short set, courtesy of Ralph Buttino of VMG Entertainment. VMG produces the popular Bad Boyz of Comedy series. Buttino is a graduate of Laurier Macdonald High School.

Time and space do not allow the EMSB to honour all of its nearly 1,500 volunteers in person. Therefore, only those individuals who have volunteered for more than five years will attend the reception, representing some 500 people. However, several thousand copies of a commemorative program book will be distributed to each school. The emcees for the evening will be Global News senior anchor Jamie Orchard and EMSB Communications and Marketing Specialist Michael Cohen. 

This year’s Volunteers of Distinction are the husband and wife team of Frank and Tina Saracino who have volunteered at Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard over the past 14 years, and their three children have attended the school; their oldest daughter Julia graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate and currently studies health sciences at Vanier College; their youngest daughter Elisa is a student at Vincent Massey; and their son David is in Grade 6 and will be attending John Paul I Junior High School next year. Frank and Tina have volunteered in many capacities at Honoré-Mercier. Frank is currently the chairperson of the school’s Governing Board, while Tina has headed and chaired several committees, including this year’s Grade 6 Graduation Committee.

For the eighth consecutive year, La Capitale Financial Services is the title sponsor for this event. La Capitale Financial Services ( which is a member of La Capitale Financial Group, offers a wide range of products and services that are designed to simplify financial choices for members working in the public and parapublic sectors in over 900 public and parapublic institutions across the province. These services include: personal financial advice; savings, investments and funds; individual life and health insurance; mortgages and personal loans; insurance for automobiles, recreational vehicles, home, travel and legal access; commercial insurance; and group insurance.

Event Sponsors

Along with La Capitale, the 2016 EMSB Volunteer Appreciation Evening is proud to have the following companies as its major sponsors: Steve’s Music Store (, is a major force in the Canadian music industry since 1965, which caters to all kinds of musical needs; Loft Uniforms (, sells a large selection of school uniforms for public and private schools, at both elementary and secondary levels, across Quebec and Ontario; Green Apple Studio (, is a photography studio that serves schools and daycare centres, and uses award-winning background replacement technology, which gives more flexibility and choices when it comes to student portrait photos. They are also the official photographer for Volunteer Appreciation Night; Grevin Museum Montreal ( is a museum that features life-like wax figures of 120 local and international celebrities in an original setting that gives the visitor a unique interactive and sensory experience. It is also offering a special group rate for EMSB schools of $9.75 per person (for groups of 15 people or more), with a free ticket for every 15th person. As well, the Grevin offers schools two unique workshops: a discovery workshop dealing with the culture of the Algonquin and Iroquois First Nations, and an awareness dance workshop for elementary and high school students, plus the French-language exhibition “Snowtime (La Guerre des Tuques)”, which runs until April 17; Global Montreal ( a longtime supporter of the EMSB and Volunteer Appreciation Evening; The Suburban Newspaper ( established in 1963, is Quebec’s largest weekly English newspaper, which recently launched “MList” (, a membership club that offers discounts, special offers and promotions from a wide range of Montreal retailers and services, and its website offers blogs on food, parenting, fashion and more; KidCon ( is a two-day annual event for children aged 3 to 12 – and their families – to explore, discover and play in an interactive environment filled with activities, attractions, shows and special surprises. This year’s KidCon will take place on October 22 and 23 at Stade Uniprix; Lamontagne (, which offers a large assortment of chocolates (including nut-free), as well as popcorn, snacks, gourmet food products, and organic and fair trade products for all kinds of school fundraising projects; The Big Blue Hug ( Gorgeous recognition gifts and custom awards for your school. 

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