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MONTREAL, APRIL 20, 2004— The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will mark Earth Day at many of its primary and secondary institutions on Thursday, April 22, notably at Willingdon Elementary School (5870 Terrebonne) in N.D.G. Brooke Elizabeth Johnston, a 25 year old McGill University graduate who represented Canada at the Miss Earth Competition in the Philippines recently, will be the special guest.

The main focus of the Miss Earth competition is to promote awareness and involvement in youth and the preservation of the environment. Ms. Johnston will talk to the students and then join them at the start of an all-day cleanup of their schoolyard at recess.

Ms. Johnston is a Bachelor of Arts graduate who majored in Greek and Roman Archeology from McGill, maintaining her position on the Dean’s list. Fluent in English, French, Italian and Latin, she has a lifelong commitment to the preservation of our planet and is very much aware of her responsibility in safekeeping a clean and healthy environment. In 1996, she lobbied and did research on the prevention of silt that settles in the bottom of ponds. This causes dangerous levels of heavy metals and is particularly dangerous in residential areas, parks and places where a great number of Canadian geese and other wildlife feed. Multi-talented, she is a professional model, chess champion, accomplished pianist and double base player and an assistant movie producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a geriatric hospital and works for environmental NGOs.

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