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EMSB TO HOLD REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES OVER A TWO-WEEK PERIOD



MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 – The English Montreal School Board will mark Remembrance Day across its youth sector.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November 4:

• St. Dorothy Elementary School (8961 6th Avenue) in Cartierville will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 10:45 a.m. Featuring a guest speaker and piper from the Black Watch regiment, students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718 or reach him via e-mail at: FLofeodo@emsb.qc.ca.

• LaurenHill Academy Junior campus (2355 Decelles) in St. Laurent will hold their commemoration at 9:45 a.m and 10:50 a.m. respectively. Students and staff will join together to remember those who were killed on the defending Canada and freedom. The ceremonies will involve a military speaker, the laying of seen wreathes by the military representative, the principal, staff and students. Finally, the ceremony will conclude with a memorial for all the Canadian personnel who died in Afghanistan, the reading of In Flanders Fields, a minute of silence, the last post and reveille. For more information and should you plan on attending, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104 or reach him via e-mail at: dmpriestshaw@hotmail.com.

• Perspectives High School (7770 20th Avenue)in St. Michel will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly that will include Major Corporal Kevin Vincent of the Armed Forces. Major Corporal Vincent will share his experience as a young soldier in Afghanistan. For more information, please e-mail Mary Poullas at: mpoullas@emsb.qc.ca.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 5:

• John Paul I High School (8455 Pré Laurin) in St. Leonard will host “Canadian and Proud” a citizenship and Remembrance Day ceremony at 9:45 a.m. The purpose of this celebration is to keep alive the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war and peace, to engage communities in remembrance of these achievements and sacrifices as well as to promote an understanding of their significance in Canadian life as we know it today. Former EMSB Director General Mr. Antonio Lacroce, Rev. Darryl G. Gray at Imani Family Full Gospel Church, and Mr. Alex Hall, 92 year old British Navy Leading Seamen will be among the speakers. Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal will preside over the ceremony. Other guests will include: Ms. Angela Mancini, Chairman English Montreal School Board Council of Commissioners, Ms. Paola Miniaci, Deputy Director General Division 1, Ms. Dora Cesta, Assistant Director of Student Services, Ms. Irene Miller, Spiritual Community Animation Consultant, Ms. Carole Jacques, Director of Services for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Montreal Division, Color Sergeant Steve Leroux, member of the Canadian Grenadier Guards, and Daniel Castonguay, Police Officer from Station 41. For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce at: 514-483-7200 ext. 5365 or reach him via email at vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca

• Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (6855 Cartier) in Rosemount will observe Remembrance Day with in class presentations. Students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718 or reach him via e-mail at: FLofeodo@emsb.qc.ca.

• LaurenHill Academy Senior campus (2505 Cote Vertu) in St. Laurent at 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., will join together to remember those who were killed on the defending Canada and freedom. The ceremonies will involve a military speaker; the laying of seven wreathes by the military representative, the principal, staff and students. Finally, the ceremony will conclude with a memorial for all the Canadian personnel who died in Afghanistan, the reading of In Flanders Fields, a minute of silence, the last post and reveille. For more information and should you plan on attending, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104 or reach him via e-mail at: dmpriestshaw@hotmail.com.

• Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School (4700 Lavoisier) in St. Leonard will begin their three separate assemblies of Peace and Remembrance with Cycle 2 students at 8:55. The assemblies will continue at 9:40 (Cycle 3) and 10:30 (Cycle 1). Lieutenant Ntam Nda-Ngye will be present for each assembly. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Wednesday, November 6:

• Dante School (6090 Lachenaie) in St. Leonard will commemorate Remembrance Day with the help of Secondary 4 and 5 International Baccalaureate students from Laurier Macdonald High School. These senior students will create a presentation that described the lives of their family members during World War II and how they fought for their freedom and struggled in an unfamiliar land called Canada. These students will be accompanied by Canadian War Veterans and Canadian Forces Members who will share with the students their heartfelt testimonies and memories of their lives during war. Representing the Canadian forces, past and present will be Alex Hall, Veteran; Color Sergeant Steve Leroux, Lieutenant Anhorn, and Corporal Wasburn. For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce at: 514-483-7200 ext. 5365 or reach him via email at vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca.

• Parkdale Elementary School (1475 Deguire) in St. Laurent will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly at 1:30 p.m. that will include students singing songs of peace and hope. Students will read reflections on the sacredness of life. Two minutes of silence will be observed while a piper plays the last post. For more information, please contact Mary Poullas at: mpoullas@emsb.qc.ca.

• Leonardo Da Vinci Academy (12025 Andre Dumas) in R.D.P. will begin their three separate assemblies of Peace and Remembrance with Cycle 1 and Kindergarten students at 9:15. The assemblies will continue at 10:00 (Cycle 3) and 11:00 (Cycle 1). Lieutenant Sebastien St. Jean will be present for each assembly. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

• Elizabeth High School (1741 de Biencourt) will be holding their Remembrance Day ceremony at 11:00 am. They will be receiving a presentation by PO2 Cathy Paquette, who worked as a Boatswain for the Canadian Navy from 2000 to 2005. Afterwards she took on the role of Chief Clerk for the Minister of National Defense in Ottawa, until returning to Montreal in 2012, where she is now responsible for analyzing policies and auditing military units throughout Quebec. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: epellicone@emsb.qc.ca

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Thursday, November 7:

• Vincent Massey Collegiate (5925 – 27th Avenue) in Rosemount will mark the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Forces involvement in the Italian Campaign (Operation Husky) of World War II and the 60th anniversary of the Korean War at 9:30 a.m. Over 30 Canadian and Italian Veterans and dignitaries, including the Honourable Julian Fantino Minister of Veterans Affairs and Mrs Giovanna Giordano, President of the Italians abroad in Canada will be present. 
The ceremony will also mark the beginning of a project entitled “The Spirit of Remembering, Then and Now”. The aim of said project is to sensitize the youth of their duty to remember. Emphasis will be placed on sensitizing the youth to
their roots and the strengthening of the relationship between their generations and the veterans. Students will be playing an active role in the writing and set up of this trilingual ceremony. They are preparing the decorations, speeches, and poems. They are also working on an interior cenotaph, which is a joint project with students from the Mountainview High School WOTP program. They traced and cut out several wooden poppies (4x4 ft) and one wooden piece (3x3 ft) with a block base measuring 3 x 4 x 6 feet high. 
A musical component will be part of the ceremony with VMC students performing the national anthems. For more information, please contact Spiritual and Community Animator, Rocco Speranza at: RSperanza@emsb.qc.ca

• Sinclair Laird Elementary School (8380 Wiseman) in Park Extension will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. with veterans Mr. Raymond Playair and Mr. Christian Rose. For more information, please contact Puynung Choy at cchoy@emsb.qc.ca.

• Dalkeith School (7951 Dalkeith) in Anjou will commemorate Remembrance Day with the help of Secondary 4 and 5 International Baccalaureate students from Laurier Macdonald High School. These senior students will create a presentation that described the lives of their family members during World War II and how they fought for their freedom and struggled in an unfamiliar land called Canada. These students will be accompanied by Canadian War Veterans and Canadian Forces Members who will share with the students their heartfelt testimonies and memories of their lives during war. Representing the Canadian forces, past and present will be Alex Hall, Veteran; Color Sergeant Steve Leroux, Lieutenant Anhorn, and Corporal Wasburn. For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce at: 514-483-7200 ext. 5365 or reach him via email at vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca

• Carlyle International School (109 Carlyle) in Town of Mount Royal will be having an assembly for all grades at 10:00 a.m. Students and staff will join together to remember those who were killed on the defending Canada and freedom. The ceremonies will involve a military speaker, the laying of seen wreathes by the military representative, the principal, staff and students. Finally, the ceremony will conclude with a memorial for all the Canadian personnel who died in Afghanistan, the reading of In Flanders Fields, a minute of silence, the last post and reveille. For more information and should you plan on attending, please call Mike Shaw at: 514-331-8781 ext. 1104 or reach him via e-mail at: dmpriestshaw@hotmail.com.

• John Caboto Elementary School (8955 Meunier) in Ahuntsic will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony will welcome World War II veteran Alan Canavan. Students will observe two minutes of silence, conduct a candle ceremony, followed by presentations and reflections on the sacredness of life. This gathering is to provide students with the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of courage and sacrifice. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718 or reach him via e-mail at: FLofeodo@emsb.qc.ca.

• Honoré Mercier School (8280 Nantes) in St. Leonard will begin their three separate assemblies of Peace and Remembrance with Cycle 2 students at 8:10. The assemblies will continue at 9:00 (Cycle 3) and 10:00 (Cycle 1 and Kindergarten). For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

• Lester B Pearson High School (11575 P.M. Favier) in Montreal North will be having three assemblies, one for each senior year (Secondary 3, 4, 5). Secondary 3 will receive a presentation by Bombarider Didier Dupuis, who is part of the 2nd Regiment Artillery Militia. He has served Canada domestically. Secondary 4 and 5 will receive a presentation by Lt (N) Patrick Cameron who served as a MARS officer of the Royal Canadian Navy. He has served Canada domestically and internationally. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: epellicone@emsb.qc.ca.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Friday, November 8:
• Laurier Macdonald High School (7355 Viau) in St. Leonard will host a special Remembrance Day ceremony at 9:00 a.m. which will bridge the past, present and future by honouring Canadian Veterans, Canadian Forces and Holocaust survivors. Students in attendance will be able to partake in six Intimate and Interactive sessions with both Holocaust Survivors and the Canadian Forces members. This will mark the fifth time that Laurier Macdonald has brought Holocaust survivors, Canadian Veterans and Canadian Peacekeepers together in one panel to share their experiences. Students will be able to experience firsthand accounts of the war through the eyes and stories of Laurier Macdonald’s honoured guests. Representing the Canadian forces, past and present will be Alex Hall, Veteran; Color Sergeant Steve Leroux, Lieutenant Anhorn, and Corporal Wasburn. Joining students to share their experiences and memories from the Holocaust will be: Elie Dawang, Margrit Stenge, and Ernest Ehrmann. The intimate and interactive program will be culminated by a six month long holocaust sensitization program with the Montreal Holocaust Museum. Over 300 students from Laurier Macdonald High School History classes are projected to visit the Montreal Holocaust Museum from November 2013 to April 2014. Special emphasis was placed on the hope and survival of the children of the Jewish Ghettos. Also a special focus placed on the children of Holocaust survivors who, in the name of human and children’s rights, keep the memory alive for future generations. For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce at: 514-483-7200 ext. 5365 or reach him via email at vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca

• Mackay Centre School (3500 Decarie) will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa from 9:47 – 10:30 a.m. with veterans Mr. Don Racicot and Mr. Christian Rose. For more information, please contact Puynung Choy at cchoy@emsb.qc.ca.

• John F. Kennedy High School (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel will observe Remembrance Day with two assemblies taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. The ceremonies will include honored guests from the military, veterans, a flag party and Black Watch cadet representatives. The ceremony will be comprised of music, readings, reflections, poetry, O Canada and a moment of silence. This gathering is to provide students with the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of courage and sacrifice. For more information, please contact Frank Lofeodo at: 514-702-1718 or reach him via e-mail at: FLofeodo@emsb.qc.ca.

• Nesbitt Elementary School (6108 – 8th Avenue) in Rosemount will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly at 10:30 a.m. that will include students singing songs of peace and hope. Students will read reflections on the sacredness of life. Two minutes of silence will be observed while a piper plays the last post. For more information, please contact Mary Poullas at: mpoullas@emsb.qc.ca.

• General Vanier Elementary School (4555 Buies) in St. Leonard will have one school-wide assembly of Peace and Remembrance at 11:00. Sergeant Philip Wolfson will be present for the assembly. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

• Gerald McShane Elementary School (6111 Maurice Dupplessis) in Montreal North will be holding their Remembrance Day assembly at 10:20 am. They will be receiving a presentation by Captain Christian Rose, a retired member of the 22nd Royal Regiment, Infantry. He worked for 20 years, serving domestically as part of the military's civilian division. He helped protect Canadians against such disasters as floods and the ice story '98. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: epellicone@emsb.qc.ca

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November 11:
• Dunrae Gardens Elementary School (235 Dunrae) in Town of Mount Royal will observe Remembrance Day with an assembly taking the format of the official ceremony in Ottawa from 10:50 – 11:50 a.m. with two special veterans and members of the Dunrae Gardens family. Mr. Spanos, the grandfather of Grade 5 student Maria Spanos and Mr. Spividis, the father of Grade 5 student, Costa Mandelo will be in attendance. Additonally, the lunch monitor, Mrs. Harrison, will speak to the children. Five of Mrs. Harrison’s brothers fought in World War II, with one being killed at the age of 22. For more information, please contact Puynung Choy at cchoy@emsb.qc.ca.

• Our Lady of Pompei Elementary School (9944 St. Michel) in Montreal North will hold two separate assemblies of Peace and Remembrance. Students in Levels 1, 2, 3 and Kindergarten will gather at 9:15 and Levels 4, 5, 5 will gather at 10:45. Commander Luc Morin will be in attendance for both assemblies. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

• Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve will be taking part in the official Remembrance Day ceremony at Longue Pointe Military Base at 10:30 a.m. Students will read in Flanders Fields and Au Champs D’Honneur. Additionally, students will lay a wreath. For more information, please contact Rocco Speranza at: rsperanza@emsb.qc.ca.
• Lester B Pearson High School (11575 P.M. Favier) in Montreal North will be having 2 assemblies, one for each junior year (Secondary 1 and 2). Students will be watching video excerpts taken from the National Film Board documentary "The Van Doos in Afghanistan" (2011). For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: epellicone@emsb.qc.ca

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 12:

• Michelangelo International Elementary School (9360 – 5th Street) in R.D.P., will be holding their Remembrance Day assembly at 10:20 am. They will be receiving a presentation by Lt (N) Patrick Cameron, who served as a MARS officer of the Royal Canadian Navy. He has served Canada domestically and internationally. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pellicone at: epellicone@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