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GENEROUS DONOR SPONSORS TWO ST. GABRIEL STUDENTS TO PLAY HOCKEY

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER  2,  2010 When English Montreal School Board (EMSB) special education technician Stephanie Gliksman worked at inner city  St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles she  noticed that a number of students did not have the opportunity to play organized hockey because of the high cost of equipment

Stephanie, who has been with the EMSB Student Services Department for six years,   shared  this story  with her boyfriend, Warren Garfield.  He owns and operates a vending machine company called “Deli-Snack.” Garfield wanted to help.  Being such a fanatic about sports himself, not to mention a competitive hockey player while growing up, he decided to take some initiative.

Garfield offered to sponsor one St. Gabriel student to play competitive hockey, agreeing to cover both the registration and equipment costs.  When Grade 2 students and twin brothers  John and Daniel  Prouse, a pair of high energy, sports fanatics, were nominated  Garfield doubled the sponsorship offer, outfitting the boys with skates, helmets and everything in between.

Because of Garfield’s generosity, John and Daniel,  had the equipment necessary to attend a reputable hockey camp organized by the Sun Youth Organization this past summer, which they enjoyed tremendously. This will be  Daniel and John’s first year playing hockey in an organized league. They will play   novice in their hometown league of Hockey Sud Ouest at the Gadbois arena. 

Garfield says he has given these boys an opportunity they would otherwise maybe never had. “I chose hockey because it is what I know best and is a great way for children to develop new skills” says Garfield, who along with Stephanie coaches the Westmount Atom B hockey team, which won both the league and regional championships last season “Being a coach made me realize how important the competition and team feeling is for kids,”says  Garfield.“I believe all children should have this opportunity.”

Stephanie and Warren will be coaching the Westmount Pee Wee A team this year, alongside Warren’s brother.

Anyone who is interested in learning about how to donate, or sponsor a child, please contact Stephanie Gliksman at sgliksman@emsb.qc.ca.


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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