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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 22, 2014 – The annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Retirees' Dinner, which took place on October 21 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Montreal.,  honoured 84 now former  employees who worked as educators, administrators, professionals and support staff, and whose combined years of service to the Board added up to 2,219 years.

EMSB Chair Angela Mancini, along with EMSB Deputy Director General (Education Division 2) Roma Medwid, Deputy Director General (Education Division 1) Paola Miniaci, Deputy Director General (Administration Division) Angelo Marino, several EMSB Commissioners, and senior administrators from Adult Education and Vocational Services, Pedagogical Services, Student Services, Information Technology Services, School Organization and the Director General’s office, presented each retiree with a special thank-you gift of a Hillcrest crystalline pitcher.

“Understandably, you may have a wide range of emotions as you begin this new time of personal opportunity,” stated Ms. Medwid. “You can always take with you a never ending feeling of pride – pride in the service you have given to our students and to your colleagues. It is our hope that the memories of the enriching times of your years in the educational field will never leave you,” said Ms. Medwid in her remarks to the retirees at the dinner.”

Some of the longest serving employees honoured that evening were former EMSB Secretary General Joanne Bisbikos, who retired after 52 years of service to the board; Gail Ewing, who retired as a teacher at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent after 49 years of service; and Robert Lipscombe, who retired as a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Villeray after 47 years of service.


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