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MARYMOUNT TO BECOME FIRST ENGLISH SCHOOL TO BE CERTIFIED BY BRUNDTLAND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

MONTREAL, MAY 3, 2007- Marymount Academy (5100 Côte Saint-Luc Road) in N.DG. will receive a grant of $2000 from Spinelli Toyota on Monday, May 7 (2:30 p.m.) to assist in the greening of their schoolyard.

Last fall Marymount became the first English school in the province to be certified as a member of the Brundtland Environmental Group. There are more than 100 French schools already involved with this group that has as its mandate to promote pacifism, democracy, solidarity and the environment. This worldwide initiative was established by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, pioneer of sustainable development and Director-General of the World Health Organization. A Brundtland Commission was established by the United Nations as an independent body to examine the world's environmental and development problems and propose solutions.

This year the school launched its "Marymount Action Group," otherwise known as "The MAG Team. This is an umbrella group sponsoring a variety of activities on Democracy, Solidarity, Peace, and the Environment. Each activity has a spiritual component. Headed by teacher, Lydia Landori, it includes other teachers, Rob Christie, Julie Greto, James Dufault, and Spiritual Community Animator, Catherine Cherry. Last September 13 the team trimmed bushes, and planted Hostas and Hyacinths beside the steps leading to the front door of the school.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca