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Montreal, May 2, 2017Team Inspirations banded together on April 22 and 23 to participate in the Scotia Bank Charity Challenge. Over 35 team members walked 5k, or ran 5, 10 or 21k at Parc Jean Drapeau. The team consisted of members from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Inspirations Newpaper community. They have raised 90 percent of their fundraising goal to date, and excelled at community building and heightening awareness about the work that Inspirations does promoting inclusive communities. Fundraising continues until May 22, 2017.

Team Inspirations braved the rain and cold to walk and run in their first Scotia Bank Charity Challenge. They boasted participants in each available race, including the children’s run and the stroller event. Team members ranged in age from six months to 85 years young. Team members came together with enthusiasm and drive to beat their best times and support Inspirations.

Team Ambassador Jay Jones-Doyle is a columnist for Inspirations, sharing insightful life messages with each edition that inform, encourage, and inspire people with and without limitations. He has cerebral palsy, and although his 5k walk became challenging towards the end, he reached the finish line in celebration. Jay has never been one to let barriers get in the way of his dreams and success, and is an example to many. His C.V. proves just how accomplished he already is. He has worked at the United Nations, and is currently involved in several entrepreneurial endeavors.

EMSB Team Co-Captains Katherine Baker, physical education and health consultant, EMSB, and Lori Rubin, behaviour management specialist, EMBS, ran the 5k in good time with their colleagues. Sherri MacCallum, special education technician at Lakeside Academy, Lester B. Pearson School Board, represented the West Island. Valentina Basilicata from Laval is a contributor to Inspirations and Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board parent. She participated in the 5k run while her son Zachary ran the children’s race.

Inspirations thanks all team members for their enthusiasm and fundraising efforts in support of the important work that Inspirations does Funds raised will be allocated to special projects that support the special needs community of the Greater Montreal and surrounding areas. To donate, visit before May 22, 2017.

About Inspirations:
Inspirations is the hub of special needs news in the Greater Montreal and surrounding areas, providing a voice to people with special needs and a valuable platform for collaboration and sharing of resources. Inspirations reaches out to people who are searching for support and community when they are most in need, be it through their publications, community outreach, events, or their Special Needs Resource Database.

Through their publications, Inspirations shares the challenges and accomplishments of children and adults with special needs, encouraging them to reach their full potential.  This non-profit, bi-yearly English-language newspaper with increasing French-language content strives for acceptance and inclusion for all.

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