|MISS TEEN CANADA WINNER TO SPEAK AT HER FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON BULLYING AND PEER PRESSURE|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 7, 2003- Alyson Lozoff, who was crowned Miss Teen Canada Scholarship 2003 in London, Ontario last summer, will meet with students at her former elementary school, Edinburgh (500 Hudson Avenue) in Montreal West, on Friday, Oct. 10 (10 a.m). She will address the topic of bullying and focus on her platform of Peer Pressure: Helping Bombarded Teens Resist and Cope.
During her return to Edinburgh, Ms. Lozoff will be reunited with some former teachers including Rhona Feigelson, Claude Saucier, and her French teacher Denise Nizri. Ms. Nizri, who taught her French and Math, fondly remembers Alyson’s performance as the lead in the school production of My Fair Lady. While the 18 year old N.D.G. resident captured the Supermodel award for the contestant with the most modelling potential, as well as the fashion wear, fitness and evening gown competitions, Edinburgh Principal Richard Mason was most intrigued by the pedagogical side to this entire exercise.
"It's quite amazing," says Principal Richard Mason. "Alyson asked me about a red garbage container which used to sit beside the school and is where the Grade 6 kids hung out. Well, it's still there and apparently some of the Grade 6 students still use it as their ‘home base,’ discouraging away the younger children who dare venture near. She has some great stories about this container and how it is tied into the bullying aspect. This will support a more serious side to her presentation on striving to do your best and not giving-in to the negatives of peer pressure."
Ms. Lozoff will initially visit a number of classrooms, greeting students and former teachers. She will then proceed to the library and speak to about 110 Grade 5 and 6 students. Also in attendance will be child care worker Lori Rubin. She ran a conflict resolution program for Grade 3 and 4 students at Edinburgh last year, which included an evening meeting with the parents. She will be doing so again this year.
Michael J. Cohen