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MONTREAL,  MARCH 10, 2014 –    The English Montreal School Board will hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening on Tuesday, April 8 at Le Renaissance Reception Hall (7550 Henri Bourassa Boulevard East) in RDP. This year’s event is being held to commemorate National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 6 to 12, under the theme of “Above and Beyond.”

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 News anchor Jamie Orchard and Montreal stand-up comedian Franco Taddeo. 

This year’s Volunteer of Distinction is Debbie Hanley from Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount. A volunteer with Roslyn for over 30 years, Ms. Hanley has dedicated plenty of hours and energy towards a variety of the school’s activities, such as welcome back events, book fairs, food drives, toy drives, fundraisers and the school’s popular spaghetti talent show night. And when she isn’t volunteering her time for the school, Ms. Hanley has a full time job there, as the office secretary, a position that she has held for the past 20 years.

For the sixth 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 2014 EMSB Volunteer Appreciation Night is proud to have the following companies as its major sponsors: 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; 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; the Putting Edge ( has three locations across Montreal and presents a new and exciting way to play miniature golf. They are also offering 10% off regular group package rates for all EMSB events; Halifax Citrus ( offers the highest quality and freshest fruit delivered to your door, for any school fundraiser; The Big Blue Hug ( deems itself as a “celebration of life in glass paint.” They offer schools unique, gorgeous recognition gifts and custom awards; Learning Associates of Montreal ( is a non-profit organization that has empowered children with learning disabilities since 1970 by helping them discover their strengths, overcome their challenges and thrive in life; La Ronde (, a Six Flags theme park, is Quebec’s largest amusement park that attracts over 1.2 million visitors a year. It has 40 rides, including 10 roller coasters such as the Boomerang, the Cobra and Le Monstre. It is also the site of the annual Loto Quebec international fireworks festival.


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