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HEROES HONOURED OVER TWO WEEK PERIOD ACROSS THE EMSB NETWORK

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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 21, 2012 – Over the first two weeks in November, the English Montreal School Board marked Remembrance Day across its youth sector.

On Monday, November 5:

  • St. Dorothy Elementary School in St. Michel observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve observed Remembrance Day by focusing on the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of 1812, the Dieppe Raids and the often-overlooked women's contributions to the Canadian Forces and various campaigns.

On Tuesday, November 6:

  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.
  • LaurenHill Academy Junior campus in St. Laurent held two commemorations, honoring those who were killed on the defending Canada and freedom. Sub-Lieutenant Louis-Philippe Trudel, a reservist in the Canadian Navy spoke to the students. Seven wreaths were laid as well as Trudel narrated a slide show that highlighted the various missions that Canada participated in. The latter part of the ceremony featured the reading of In Flanders Fields, a minute of silence, the last post and reveille. The ceremony concluded with the pinning of poppies onto the staff by the administration. Following the assembly, the students also received poppies from their teachers.
  • James Lyng High School in St. Henri welcomed Mr. Playfair, a World War II veteran to speak to Grade 10 history students. Students read In Flanders Fields, sung O Canada and observed a moment of silence.

  • East Hill School in R.D.P. observed Remembrance Day by focusing on the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of 1812, the Dieppe Raids and the often overlooked women's contributions to the Canadian Forces and various campaigns.

  • Elizabeth Ballantyne School in Montreal West welcomed Petty Officer Karin-Ann Goral to speak to the whole school. She spoke to the students as distributed handouts, such as postcards, which will be sent to men and women in the Canadian Forces. Petty Officer Goral is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, however, her roots extend to both Poland and Finland. She has served in the Naval Reserves for 32 years as a Naval Combat Information Operator and received the Canadian Forces decoration for 22 years service. Petty Officer Goral followed her father's footsteps, who also served in the Navy. As a child, she spent most of her free time with the Air Cadets.

  • Elizabeth High School welcomed a woman corporal from the Canadian Forces who spoke about her experiences in Afghanistan as well as her experiences being a woman in the military.

On Wednesday, November 7:

  • Bancroft Elementary School in the Plateau observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. The school welcomed Captain Jean-Francois Moreau, a logistics officer in the Canadian Forces. Captain Moreau spoke to the students about his experiences in the Forces, which included an integral role in the Haitian relief efforts following the January 2010 earthquake. Please click on this link for some highlights from the ceremony: Remembrance Day
  • LaurenHill Academy Senior campus three commemorations, honoring those who were killed on the defending Canada and freedom. Sub-Lieutenant Louis-Philippe Trudel, a reservist in the Canadian Navy spoke to the students. Seven wreaths were laid as well as Trudel narrated a slide show, which highlighted the various missions that Canada participated in. The latter part of the ceremony featured the reading of In Flanders Fields, a minute of silence, the last post and reveille. The ceremony concluded with the pinning of poppies onto the staff by the administration. Following the assembly, the students also received poppies from their teachers. Please click on this link for some highlights from the ceremony: Remembrance Day
  • St. Gabriel Elementary School in Point St. Charles welcomed Mr. Playfair, a World War II veteran to speak students. Additionally, Mr. McCarthy, a member of the Black Watch Regiment performed. Students read In Flanders Fields, sung O Canada and observed a moment of silence.

  • Mountainview School in Cote St. Luc observed Remembrance Day by focusing on the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of 1812, the Dieppe Raids and the often-overlooked women's contributions to the Canadian Forces and various campaigns.

  • Gardenview Elementary in St. Laurent observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

  • Leonardo Da Vinci Academy in Rivère des Prairies observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring a guest speaker, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.

On Thursday, November 8:

  • John Caboto Elementary School in Ahuntsic observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Featuring World War II Veteran Alan Canavan, students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life.
  • Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard held a special Remembrance Day ceremony which bridged the past, present and future by honouring Canadian Veterans and Holocaust survivors as well as swear in 30 new individuals as Canadian citizens.

    Coordinated by Vince Lacroce, Spiritual and Community Animator at Laurier Macdonald High School, students in attendance participated in two of Canada’s finest traditions by welcoming Canada’s newest citizens and embracing the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war and peace. Additionally, the ceremony honored those who perished in the Holocaust by lighting six candles symbolizing the six million Jews who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis as well as a peace candle symbolizing our intent to unify the world in peace.

    On hand for the special morning was Massimo Pacetti, Member of Parliament for Saint-Léonard/Saint-Miche; Reverend Daryl Gray, Pastor at the Imani Family and Full Gospel Church; and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Synchronized Diving, Meaghan Benfeito.

    Presiding over the Citizenship ceremony was Ms. Barbara Seal, Citizenship Judge and Member of the Order of Canada; Mrs. Georgia Vlachos, Citizenship and Immigration Canada supervisor; Mrs. Cathie Giroux, Citizenship and Immigration Canada manager; Mr. Oscar Cabrera, Clerk of the Ceremony and Constable Mélanie Hammaond, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    Representing the Canadian forces, past and present were Alex Hall, Veteran; George Mann, Veteran; Master Corporal John Petrou; Corporal Hardy; Corporal Wasburn; Master Corporal Mclaren and Master Corporal Leduc-Butterworth. Joining students to share their experiences and memories from the Holocaust was Paul Hercey, Eva Kuper, Ted Bolgar, Olga Sher, Ursula Feist and Margrit Stenge.

    Following the ceremony, the afternoon consisted of two interactive sessions bringing the students and honoured guests together. This was the fourth time that Laurier Macdonald has brought Holocaust survivors, Canadian Veterans and Canadian Peacekeepers together in one panel to share their experiences.

    Please click on this link for some highlights from the Remembrance Day ceremony: Remembrance Day

    Please click on this link for highlights from the Citizenship ceremony: Citizenship Ceremony
  • Royal Vale School in N.D.G. observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. Students will observe two minutes of silence, which were be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. Additionally, an RCMP officer represented the brave men and women who protect Canadians at home. Students read In Flanders Fields and they were also joined by students from the Mackay Center read it at the same time.

  • Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount observed Remembrance Day by focusing on the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of 1812, the Dieppe Raids and the often-overlooked women's contributions to the Canadian Forces and various campaigns.

  • Cedarcrest Elementary in St. Laurent observed Remembrance Day observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa.

  • Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa.  On hand was a guest speaker representing the Canadian Forces.

  • Sinclair Laird Elementary School (8380 Wiseman) in Park Extension held an assembly at featuring Captain Latreille Sr. and a bugler from the Black Watch.

On Friday, November 9:

  • John F. Kennedy High School in Rosemount observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa. The ceremony begun with the reading of In Flanders Fields and was comprised of music, readings, reflections, poetry, O Canada and a moment of silence. All provided students with the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of courage and sacrifice.

  • Royal West Academy in Montreal West held three ceremonies that included guest speakers from the military as well as honoured guests from the military, veterans, a flag party, and air cadet representatives. The 50+ piece band from Royal West Academy also be played for the ceremony, as well as various students were presenting various pieces. 

  • St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. brought students and staff together to remember the sacrifices made by our Canadian Armed Forces during wartime.  The morning was presided over by Mrs. Katherine Snow, Principal and Mr. Aaron Durocher, Spiritual Animator. School Commissioner Mrs. Anne Williams was also present.

    The students were escorted into the gym by Mr. McCarthy, playing the bagpipes.  The guest of honor was Mr. Playfair, a veteran of World War II.  Students were very interested and attentive to the many stories told by Mr. Mayfair about his real-life experiences during battle.  They had well thought-out questions for the guest.  Students were left with a clearer picture of the tragedy and horror of war, and of the camaraderie and support between the soldiers as they defended our freedom so far from home. 

    St. Monica extends their most heartfelt thanks to the men and women who fought so hard, and sacrificed so much, to ensure our freedom.
     
  • St. Raphael in Ahuntsic observed Remembrance Day by focusing on the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of 1812, the Dieppe Raids and the often-overlooked women's contributions to the Canadian Forces and various campaigns.

  • Westmount High School held a ceremony for Grade 11 students followed by an Alumni sponsored lunch. Lt. Robert Taylor spoke for the second consecutive year. The entire school observed a moment of silence at 11:00 am.

  • Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount welcomed Petty Officer Karin-Ann Goral to speak to the whole school. She spoke to the students as distributed handouts, such as postcards, which will be sent to men and women in the Canadian Forces. Petty Officer Goral is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, however, her roots extend to both Poland and Finland. She has served in the Naval Reserves for 32 years as a Naval Combat Information Operator and received the Canadian Forces decoration for 22 years service. Petty Officer Goral followed her father's footsteps, who also served in the Navy. As a child, she spent most of her free time with the Air Cadets

  • Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North observed Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa.
    On Monday, November 12:

  • Westmount Park Elementary School commemorated Remembrance Day with a ceremony featuring the entire school. The ceremony began with words of welcome and a thoughtful introduction by their new principal, Ms. Daniela Lattanzio.  A heartfelt recitation of In Flanders’ Fields and enthusiastic singing of the “Little Red Poppy” and “Imagine” followed.  The ceremony included a minute’s silence, which ended as the lone trumpeter played Reveille.  Grade four teacher, Ms. Julie Tytler and Spiritual Animator, Ms. Gladys Batten, who together coordinated the event, invited representative students from each class to bring up their “Peace Dove” to share each class’ message of peace which they had prepared for the assembly.  After the reading, each Peace Dove was attached to helium balloons, and once all messages were read, the piper began to play and the doves were released upward.  The ceremony concluded as the students followed the piper out of the gymnasium as she continued to play “Amazing Grace”. Please click on this link for some highlights from the ceremony: Remembrance Day

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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