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ROYAL WEST ACADEMY INAUGURATES NEW $2.5 MILLION GYMNASIUM

MONTREAL,  FEBRUARY 19,  2008- The official inauguration ceremony for the new Royal West Academy  (189 Eaton) Gymnasium project in Montreal West  was held on February 18 with a  wine and cheese reception,  followed by the ribbon cutting and ceremony. The Royal West Honour Band  performed while the school’s female volleyball team  put on an exhibition.

Two and a half years ago the Quebec government announced that it was providing $2.1 million in funding for the long awaited project. The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) made representation  for  this specific project for many years. Royal West’s 800 plus  students are housed in a 70 year facility. This new state of the art stand alone facility replaces   two small gymnasiums which will now be available for special events, assemblies, concerts, presentations and theatrical productions, no longer necessitating the need to cancel gym classes for such occasions.

The actually cost of the gymnasium was  $2.5 million, with the Royal West Academy Foundation contributing $300,000 and the EMSB $150,000. It is officially being named the Royal West Academy Foundation Gymnasium.

N.D.G. Liberal MNA Russell Copeman, who was instrumental in securing the provincial government funding, was among the special guests to speak at the ceremony.  So was Montreal West Mayor Campbell Stuart, EMSB Director General Antonio Lacroce, Royal West Academy Foundation Past President Margaret Wada and School Principal Mary Reynolds.

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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