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MONTREAL,  March 24, 2013 –    The English Montreal School Board will hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening on Tuesday, April 16 at the Plaza Volare of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (6600 Cote de Liesse Road) in St. Laurent. This year’s event is being held on the eve of National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 21 to 27, under the theme of “Volunteers: The Key To Our Success.”

Time and space do not allow the EMSB to honour all of its nearly 1,500 volunteers in person. Therefore, only those individuals who have volunteered for more than five years will attend the reception, representing some 500 people. However, several thousand copies of a commemorative program book will be distributed to each school. The emcees for the evening will be Global TV News senior anchor Jamie Orchard and Montreal stand-up comedian Franco Taddeo. 

This year, for the very first time, three individuals will share the honours of Volunteers of Distinction: Anne Wade (Royal West Academy in Montreal West), Teresa Cocullo-Scotto (John F. Kennedy High School in Villeray), and Ilgin Sartekin (LaurenHill Academy in   Laurent). Each of them have children completing their studies this year at the Secondary V level of the EMSB.

For the fifth consecutive year, La Capitale Financial Services is the title sponsor for this event. La Capitale Financial Services ( which is a member of La Capitale Financial Group, offers a wide range of products and services that are designed to simplify financial choices for members working in the public and parapublic sectors in over 900 public and parapublic institutions across the province. These services include: personal financial advice; savings, investments and funds; individual life and health insurance; mortgages and personal loans; insurance for automobiles, recreational vehicles, home, travel and legal access; commercial insurance; and group insurance. 

Event Sponsors

Along with La Capitale, the 2013 EMSB Volunteer Appreciation Night is proud to have the following companies as its major sponsors: the Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway ( is located in North Conway, New Hampshire near the White Mountains and a short drive from Mount Washington. Guests can enjoy many amenities such as complimentary wi-fi high speed internet access, a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning and unlimited access to their 5,000 sq. ft. indoor water park; Green Apple Studio (, is a photography studio that serves schools and daycare centres, and uses award-winning background replacement technology, which gives more flexibility and choices when it comes to student portrait photos. Also, they just introduced the “Portrait Book,” in which a student’s school portrait is presented in a high quality, durable book format. Green Apple Studio will also serve as the official photographer for Volunteer Appreciation Night; Double Pizza ( has been in business since 1991, and is best known for not only using the freshest ingredients for their pizza, but also offering two full-value pizzas for an unbelievable low price. Double Pizza has over 30 restaurants in the Greater Montreal area, including Laval, the North Shore and the South Shore; Steve’s Music Store (, which has evolved into a world renowned music store and a major force in the Canadian music industry since 1965. Steve's caters to all kinds of musical needs: acoustic, electric and bass guitarists, drummers and percussionists, keyboard players, pianists, brass and wind players, composers, public address systems, rentals and sheet music; and Loft Uniforms (, which sells a large selection of school uniforms for public and private schools, at both elementary and secondary levels. They outfit students in complete uniform or dress code in schools throughout Quebecand Ontario.


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