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MAY 13, 2016- The sixth annual Montreal Community Cares (MCC) Awards Gala honoured 17 individuals and organizations that are making a difference in our city.

Created with the mission to promote and celebrate community engagement, the MCC Awards have paid tribute to some 90 Montreal community champions since 2011, and have helped build bridges among the city’s many different groups.

The Gala was an evening of celebration and entertainment where local heroes, most of them ordinary citizens, receive the recognition they deserve. This year's Honorary Gala Chairperson was William Hlibchuk, partner at the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

The Foundation’s mission is: “To empower our youth by developing their leadership skills through our programs, workshops and events, and by building bridges between communities. Our youth hold the key to Montreal’s future.”

Denburk Reid, President and Founder of the Montreal Community Cares Foundation, explains: “Our message is simple – Be the spark, make it matter! That’s the gala’s theme and it’s what all of us need to be doing all year, every year – be the spark for community engagement in ourselves and others to make our city a better place to live and raise our families.”

This year’s Montreal Community Care Award recipients included four people directly associated with the EMSB: High School of Montreal Adult Education Centre Principal Ben Fagan, who will retire at the end of the present academic year after 39 years of devoted service, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Roen Higgins, a behavior specialist at St. Monica Elementary School in NDG and Malik Shaheed, a graduate of Westmount High School and a presence in many EMSB schools via his Youth Stores group, won Community Leader Awards; and Kathy-Anne Baptiste, director of the Black Board of Educators (BBE), won a Community Organization Award. BBE is very present at St. Monica through its homework program and plans to introduce a new initiative aimed at connecting youth with seniors.

This year was hosted by Lori Graham of CTV Montreal, and Derek Aucoin of TVA Sports. It took place at the Eric Maclean SJ Centre of Loyola High School in NDG
For more information visit:

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