MONTREAL, OCTOBER 26, 2012- The 13th annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair took place on October 24 and 25 at St. Pius X Adult Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau) for Secondary V students. Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. and RBC Royal Bank were the event’s title sponsors.
Among the guest speakers were female NASCAR driver Isabelle Tremblay and RBC sponsored Canadian Olympic athletes Sandra Sassine (fencing) and Caroline Ouellette (hockey). Cat Spencer, Sarah Bartok and Cousin Vinny from 925 The Beat FM were also be on hand to talk to students about careers in broadcasting.
A Career Fair Open House, open to the community-at-large, took place on the evening of October and attracted hundreds of students from the EMSB adult education sector.
Noted veejay and motivational speaker Malik Shaheed, a graduate of Westmount High School, was back as the emcee. Susan Freed, a guidance counsellor at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, served as the Career Fair chairperson. The Student Services and Adult Education and Vocational Services Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program. Ms. Freed notes that the main objective of the Career Fair is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them. All students took part in brief general information sessions in the St. Pius X auditorium. Students then had the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities, the Montreal Police and Fire Departments, McDonald’s, Bench Apparel, Public Mobile and some private business colleges.
Isabelle Tremblay told the students about how she switched careers four years ago, going from selling real estate in Quebec’s Laurentians to becoming a full-time NASCAR driver. She explained the business aspect of this sport, notably the coordination of marketing initiatives and obtaining sponsors. Phil Matthews, her crew chief, talked about how he went back to university to get a degree in engineering which is advantageous for someone in his position.
Tremblay made her debut as a professional race car driver in July 2008 and three months later, won her very first race, the Enduro 200 at the Autodrome St. Eustache, becoming the first woman to win that race in its 30-year history. In 2010, she joined the NASCAR circuit, first in the Sportsman NASCAR Ippersiel Series and then in the prestigious NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, where she drives her Dodge number 07 Frank Lyman Design car as part of Martin Roy Race Team. Being the only women on the circuit, Isabelle had an impressive racing season in 2012, participating in six of the 12 events in the Canadian Tire series and finishing twice in the top 10 .She is also known for her personable approach with her fans and racing enthusiasts and as a result, Isabelle is currently the top vote getter for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ most popular driver of the year. For the 2013 season, she hopes to participate in all 12 races in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and accomplish several top five finishes as well.
Caroline Ouellette has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team for 12 years, winning gold medals at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games and placing first at five World Championships. She hopes to represent Canada again at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia. “I would not be successful at the international level with only my hockey skills,” she says. “I needed to become fitter and a better athlete overall. I also needed to learn the benefits of good nutrition. since then, I have strived to be as fit as I can be and take pride in being successful in the off-ice aspect of training.”
A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she double majored in criminology and women's studies, as an RBC Athlete Ouellette believes she will pick up on things that will help in her sports and post-athletic career. “Past and current Olympians have appreciated being part of the program for years, and I feel lucky to now be one of them,” she says.
Two-time Olympian Sandra Sassine earned a top-20 finish at last summer’s London Games in fencing. She qualified for the 2012 squad in the sabre discipline by winning the 2012 Canadian championship, her ninth national title. In 2011, she won silver at the Pan American Championships to add to her collection of two silver medals that she won at the 2010 Pan American Games in the individual and team competitions.
In both 2008 and 2009, Sassine won a bronze medal in the team event at the Pan American Championships and an individual bronze and a team silver from the 2007 Championships She earned a seventh place finish at the Beijing Olympic Games in the team event for women’s sabre. At the 2007 Pan American Games, Sassine claimed a bronze in both the individual and team events. This was following a great 2006 in which she won gold at the Commonwealth Games and silver at the Pan American Championships. Sassine started fencing when she was six years old in the village of Chibougamau, Quebec, at a club where seven former Olympians trained. Her father, renowned swordsman Henri Sassine, was her first instructor.
Cat Spencer and Sarah Bartok, and later Cousin Vinny, talked about how they chose broadcasting for a career and what it takes to get work in the business. Students flocked to the 925 The Beat FM kiosk to ask questions.