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TELEVISION STAR DEBBIE TRAVIS TO BE SWORN IN DENIS CODERRE TO JOIN CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY AT LESTER B. PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL WED. APRIL 16

MONTREAL, APRIL 8, 2003- Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Hon. Denis Coderre, will take part in a very special swearing in ceremony of new Canadian citizens on Wednesday, April 16 (10 a.m.) at Lester B. Pearson High School (11575 P.M. Favier) in Montreal North.

Among the 26 new citizens being sworn in will be Debbie Travis, the star of the popular television show Painted House which is aired around the world (Women’s Television Network in Canada). Ms. Travis was born and raised in Lancashire, in the north of England. After Art College and a very successful 6-year modeling career, she entered the television industry as a freelance editor and producer. With this experience to her credit, she started her own production company making documentaries. During a 1985 visit to a TV buyers market in Cannes she met her future husband, a television distributor, at a CBC party. They married soon after, moved to Canada. Ms. Travis bought an old Victorian home, which she proceeded to re-do with paint effects modeled on popular revivals of historic finishes in England. Friends and acquaintances were astounded and awed. She was hired to paint their homes, which grew into a small business. During the summer of 1995, the first 13 episodes of Debbie Travis' Painted House were produced. Thirteen more series have followed, along with a line of stencils, a specialty paint collection, a multi-book contract, and a syndicated newspaper column.

EMSB Commissioner Sylvia LoBianco feels this ceremony will be very memorable for Lester B. Pearson High School, which has a student population of more than 1,000.



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