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MONTREAL, JANUARY 7, 2011  - Donna Manos, the principal of Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard, has been named one of the tops in her field in Canada.

Ms. Manos is in fact the only recipient in Quebec of  Canada’s  Outstanding Principals (COP) program. In all, 32 principals from across the country have been recognized. “We wish to congratulate Donna on this very well deserved honour,” stated English Montreal School Board Chairman Angela Mancini. “

COP, developed by The Learning Partnership, is now in its seventh year. This year’s winners will join an exclusive group of more than 187 previous recipients of this prestigious honour who have made a measurable difference in the lives of their students and their local communities.

This year’s award recipients will join their colleagues in the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. They will be treated to a Gala Awards Ceremony at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto on February 8, 2011, in addition to participating in an exclusive five-day management course at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where they will gain valuable knowledge and learn strategies to help them enhance public education at their school and in their community.

Ms. Manos has been the principal at Honoré-Mercier since 2007. Prior to that she had the same responsibilities at Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North for  a  year and a half.  Ms. Manos was vice-principal of Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard for three years. She began her teaching career  in 1979, focusing her attention mainly on students with special needs.

Veronica Lacey, president and CEO of The Learning Partnership, said: “We are proud to celebrate the achievements of these extraordinary principals. Their dedication to enhancing our public education system clearly demonstrates the importance of strong leadership in education. They will have the opportunity to further their knowledge and leadership capabilities through the five-day executive leadership program, which is part of the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program.”


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