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CROSS-CANADA CYCLIST TYLER DUNCAN BRINGING HIS MESSAGE TO TWO EMSB SCHOOLS

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MONTREAL, JUNE 3, 2008-  The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will welcome Tyler Duncan to the Quebec portion of his cross-Canada bike tour on Wednesday, June 4 at 9 a.m. On Wednesday, June 4 (9 a.m.) he will be at Leonardo da Vinci  Elementary School (12025 André Dumas) in Rivière des Prairies while on Thursday, June 5 (9 a.m.) he will stop at St. John Bosco Elementary School (6255 Hamilton) in Ville Émard.

Duncan, a University of Victoria student, is taking his Get Active message 6,800 kilometers across the country.Inspired by his experience with the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) Student Leadership Camp last year, Duncan decided to bike across Canada to promote physical education and health. He spent many months this winter preparing and training for this coast-to-coast trip and left Victoria on March 31 with a special sendoff from former Canadian Olympian Silken Laumann. She kicked off his tour with a $1,000 donation from her foundation that promotes physical activity in youth. Duncanplans to end his journey on June 29inSt. John’s, Newfoundland, after91 days.  

One of the goals of the Get Smart Get Active Bike Tour is to raise funds to support physical education programs in Canada. Any funds Duncan  raises will go to the CAHPERD Trust Fund in his name and will be targeted  for physical education specific initiatives.  Duncan receives funds from many of the schools he visits on his way through their cities. His initial goal was $100,000.

Duncan will be speaking to the staff and students of Leonardo Da Vinci School  about some of the main areas affecting the health and well-being of our youth. He will also  present the school with a Platinum Recognition Award from the CAHPERD Recognition Award Program (RAP). LdV qualified for this award by providing 150 minutes of quality physical education and health minutes per week. As well as the award banner, LdV will receive a free one-year membership to CAHPERD. St. John Bosco will receive their Gold Recognition Award for providing a minimum of 100 minutes a week. As well as the award banner, both schools will receive a free one-year membership to CAHPERD. The EMSB wishes to congratulate  physical education and health teachers  Guylaine Thivierge, Danny Pietroniro, and Daniel Gaudette from LdV and at St. John Bosco, Shelly Sharpe.

EMSB has a number of schools who qualify for this award program that acknowledges schools for the number of physical education class minutes students receive. For more information see: http://www.cahperd.ca/eng/rap/about_rap.cfm. You can also log on to www.getsmartgetactive.com to view Duncan’s daily blog.

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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