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EMSB TO HOLD REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES OVER A TWO-WEEK PERIOD

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November 2:

  • Perspectives I & II (7770 ‪20e Av) in St. Michel held a joint Remembrance Day commemoration entitled “Fallen but Never Forgotten” from ‪10 a.m. to  ‪11:30 a.m. Students will hear first hand accounts of life as a young Jewish boy in World War II from Mr. Tommy Strasser. This captivating testimonial will be followed by an interactive presentation from the Canadian forces organized by Captain (Ret.) Stephen Thompson, Color Sergeant Steve Leroux, Sergeant John Petrou, and Master Corporal Conn. The commemoration will end with a tribute to the late Mr. James Whitehall. For 14 years, Mr. Whitehall visited countless EMSB schools. Noah Davidson, Secondary 5 student of Perspectives II and grandson of Mr. Whitehall, will pay tribute to her grandfather at the assembly. For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce: vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca.

  • James Lyng High School in St. Henri commemorated Remembrance Day with guest speaker Sgt. Brian Hill from the Canadian Forces, now a reservist. Sgt. Hill spoke about the importance of Remembrance Day, as well as his experiences and tragedies on his tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan. For more information, please contact Veronica D’Agata: vdagata@emsb.qc.ca.

  • Royal Vale Elementary and High School in N.D.G. each held Remembrance Day assemblies with Sgt. Philippe Pilon-Bouchard from the Canadian Forces, as well as piper Mcpl. Jeff McCarthy, from the Black Watch. Several student helpers read poetry, reflections, and prayers - all with the important message to be peacemakers in their everyday lives. Aside from the assembly, students in grades 3 to 6 created beautiful postcards of thanks for the veterans in Saint-Anne Hospital. For more information, please contact Veronica D’Agata: vdagata@emsb.qc.ca

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 3:

  • Dalkeith Elementary School (7951 Dalkeith) in Anjou will commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II through an assembly at 11 honouring Canadian Veterans and Canadian Forces.  In attendance will be Alex Hall. Mr. Hall is a Second World War Veteran who joined the Navy in 1940 and retired in 1946. He served from Norway to Africa, Sicily to Italy, in Dieppe and on D-Day and finally in the Far East from Saigon to Singapore and India. In 1999, Mr. Hall began dedicating his free time to the Memory Project, sharing his recollections and personal military stories with youth in Montréal-area schools. His testimonial will be followed by an interactive presentation from the Canadian forces organized by  Sergeant John Petrou and Master Corporal Conn. For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce: vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca.

  • St. Gabriel Elementary in Pointe St. Charles held a Remembrance Day assembly with veteran Sgt. Brian Hill, who is also an alumnus of the school. Sgt. Hill spoke to the students about what Remembrance Day means to him, and how important it is. He also addressed the grade 5 & 6s in a separate presentation to further explain his experiences in the army. Within the assembly there were several student helpers who read poetry, reflections, and prayers - all with the important message to be peacemakers in their everyday lives. For more information, please contact Veronica D’Agata: vdagata@emsb.qc.ca.

  • St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. held a Remembrance Day assembly with guest speaker Capt. Marc-André Delisle, as well as Black Watch member and piper Mcpl. Jeff McCarthy. Several student helpers read poetry, reflections, and prayers - all with the important message to be peacemakers in their everyday lives. Following the assembly, Capt. Delisle met with students in grades 5 & 6 to speak more in depth about his experiences in the army. Aside from the assembly, students in grades 3 to 6 created beautiful postcards of thanks for the veterans in Saint-Anne Hospital. For more information, please contact Veronica D’Agata: vdagata@emsb.qc.ca.

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Wednesday, November 4:

  • Rosemount High School (3737 Beaubien) commemorated the 70th anniversary of World War II through an assembly entitled “Valour and Victory”, intended to bridge the past, present and future by honouring Canadian Veterans, Canadian Forces and Holocaust survivors.  In attendance representing the Canadian forces, past and present will be Captain Corey Anhorn, Captain (Ret.) Stephen Thompson, Sergeant Becky MacIsaac, Sergeant John Petrou, and Ensign Brodeur. Joining students to share their experiences from the Holocaust will be: Ted Bolgar, Willie Glaser and Steve Hopman.

    Students were be able to partake in four intimate and interactive sessions with both Holocaust Survivors and the Canadian Forces members. This marked the first time that Rosemount High School has brought Holocaust survivors, Canadian Veterans and Canadian Peacekeepers together in one panel to share their experiences. Students were able to listen to firsthand accounts of the war through the eyes and stories of Rosemount’s honoured guests.

    For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce: vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca.

  • General Vanier Elementary School in St. Leonard commemorated Remembrance Day with Petty Officer Nicolas Jequier. Students also observed two minutes of silence, which were followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.


The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Thursday, November 5:

  • Nesbitt School (6108 8th Avenue) in Rosemount will commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II through an assembly at 10 am as well as an art project called “Remembering with Your Heart”. The project asked students to create a piece, during their personal time, which honours and remembers veterans. The administration and staff will be asked to judge the creations.  The winning pieces will be sent to the St. Anne de Bellevue Veterans Hospital. Also, the winners will be invited to take a picture with the guest speakers during the assembly. These creations will be displayed at school and later given to various Canadian Forces regiments on the island of Montreal.

    In attendance for the assembly will be Canadian Veteran Alex Hall. Mr. Hall is a Second World War Veteran who joined the Navy in 1940 and retired in 1946. He served from Norway to Africa, Sicily to Italy, in Dieppe and on D-Day and finally in the Far East from Saigon to Singapore and India. In 1999, Mr. Hall began dedicating his free time to the Memory Project, sharing his recollections and personal military stories with youth in Montréal-area schools. His testimonial will be followed by an interactive presentation from the Canadian forces organized by  Sergeant John Petrou and Master Corporal Conn. For more information, please contact Vince Lacroce: vlacroce@emsb.qc.ca.
  • The Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton School (3500 Decarie) in N.D.G. will observe Remembrance Day with a visit from Veteran Ray Playfair in two assemblies: 10:30-11 am and from 11 am to 11:30. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Puynung Choy at: cchoy@emsb.qc.ca.

  • Honore Mercier Elementary School in St. Leonard (8280 Nantes) will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout the day with Officer Christopher Lindstrom. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Friday, November 6:

  • Bancroft Elementary School (4563 St. Urbain) in the Plateau will observe Remembrance Day with a visit from Veteran Karl Morel in two assemblies: 9:30-10:30 am and from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Puynung Choy at: cchoy@emsb.qc.ca
  • Students and staff at John Grant Elementary School in Cote St. Luc (5785 Parkhaven) will be participating in a celebration of Peace and Remembrance, paying tribute to and remembering through prayer, words, and music those who have died in the fight for freedom. The ceremony will include a special video presentation, lighting of the Peace Candles, minute of silence, Last Post and reveille.  Students from Royal West Academy will provide a musical reflection presentation as well.  The experience will provide the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made, past and present, and on the role we each individually can and must play in creating peace in our world.  It is the goal of the celebration to empower each person attending to realize the true gift of peace and freedom.  For more information, please contact Joseph Monachino at: jmonachino@emsb.qc.ca.

    The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November 9:
  • Dunrae Gardens Elementary School (235 Dunrae) in T.M.R. will observe Remembrance Day with a visit from Joseph Wakil from the Department of National Defense and Piper Stevens Cameron in two assemblies: 9:45-10:10 am and from 10:15-10:45. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Puynung Choy at: cchoy@emsb.qc.ca.
  • Hampstead Elementary School (83 Thurlow) will participate in a celebration of Peace and Remembrance whereas students and staff will be provided with opportunities to reflect upon what peace truly means, and who plays, and has played, a role in creating peace. The celebration will include special video presentations, poems, student readers, and music, as well as an opportunity to experience the Last Post, minute of silence, and reveille. Students from Royal West Academy will provide a musical reflection presentation as well.  For more information, please contact Joseph Monachino at: jmonachino@emsb.qc.ca.
  • Willingdon Elementary School (5870 Terrebonne) in N.D.G. will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout with Ret. Captain Karl Morel. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Linda Luca at: lluca@emsb.qc.ca

    The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 10:
  • Edinburgh Elementary School in Montreal West (500 Hudson) will participate in a celebration of Peace and Remembrance whereas students and staff will be provided with opportunities to reflect upon what peace truly means, and who plays, and has played, a role in creating peace. The celebration will include special video presentations, poems, student readers, and music, as well as an opportunity to experience the Last Post, minute of silence, and reveille. Students from Royal West Academy will provide a musical reflection presentation as well.  For more information, please contact Joseph Monachino at: jmonachino@emsb.qc.ca.
  • St. Raphael School (8380 Wiseman) in Park Extension will observe Remembrance Day with a visit from Veteran Ray Playfair and Piper Stevens Cameron from 1:15-2:15. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Puynung Choy at: cchoy@emsb.qc.ca.  
  • Marymount Academy International (5100 Cote St. Luc Road) in N.D.G. will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout with Ret. Captain Karl Morel. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Linda Luca at: lluca@emsb.qc.ca
  • Roslyn School (4699 Westmount) in Westmount will hold a school-wide assembly at 11 a.m featuring Lieutenant Dexter Ruiz-Lang, who will lead student representatives from each class in a processional parade to lay our class dove-wreaths with messages of gratitude and peace, while Sophie Delorme pipes them in. Following the formal portion of the assembly, students will share their thoughts on Remembrance Day. For more information, please contact Gladys Batten at: gbatten-baldwin@emsb.qc.ca.



The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances on Wednesday, November 11:

  • Royal West Academy in Montreal West (189 Easton) will hold three formal ceremonies at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am.  The ceremonies will include an official flag party from 1 West Montreal Air Cadet Squadron, and will be attended by special guests including National Governor of the Air Cadet League of Canada Mr. Lloyd Macintyre, representatives of the Air Cadet League of Canada,  as well as honoured members of the veteran community.  Music will be provided by the Royal West Academy Grade 9 band.  Special reflections will be provided by a member of the Royal West Academy staff, Mr. D. Dupuis, as well as students from the Royal West Academy.  The ceremonies will serve as an opportunity for students and staff to pay tribute to and remember in prayer, words, and music those who have died in the fight for freedom, and the ceremonies will also include lighting of the Peace Candles, minute of silence, Last Post and reveille.  The experience will provide the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made, past and present, and on the role we each individually can and must play in creating peace in our world.  It is the goal of the ceremonies to empower each person attending to realize the true gift of peace and freedom.  For more information, please contact Joseph Monachino at: jmonachino@emsb.qc.ca.

  • Westmount High School (4350 St. Catherine St. West) will have a formal ceremony for Grade 11 students in the lobby at 10:20 a.m. Unique to Westmount High School is the reading of the names of alumni who lost their lives during World War I and World War II. These names are memorialized on permanent plaques in the lobby. At 10:55 am, in time for the moment of silence, a student reads In Flanders Fields over the intercom and the whole school observes the moment of silence. For more information, please contact Gladys Batten at: gbatten-baldwin@emsb.qc.ca.

  • Students from James Lyng High School in St. Henri will be participating in the Black Watch parade. This will give the students a wonderful opportunity to pay their respects to all the fallen soldiers and those who continue to serve today.   For more information, please contact Veronica D’Agata: vdagata@emsb.qc.ca.

  • Elizabeth Ballantyne School (314 Northwview) in Montreal West will hold a school-wide assembly at 2 p.m. featuring Lieutenant Dexter Ruiz-Lang, who will lead student representatives from each class in a processional parade to lay our class dove-wreaths with messages of gratitude and peace, while Sophie Delorme pipes them in. Following the formal portion of the assembly, students will share their thoughts on Remembrance Day. For more information, please contact Gladys Batten at: gbatten-baldwin@emsb.qc.ca.

  • Westmount Park Elementary School (15 Park Place) will hold a school-wide assembly at 10:40 a.m. featuring piper Sophie Delorme. Students will observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections from each grade level on the sacredness of life and peace. Students will further commemorate children of war and their appreciation for service men and women who protect those children who cannot protect themselves on November 12 during their House Assembly. For more information, please contact Gladys Batten at: gbatten-baldwin@emsb.qc.ca.

The following EMSB schools will be holding Remembrance Day observances after November 11:

  • November 12: Coronation School (4810 Van Horne) in Cote des Neiges will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout with Ret. Captain Karl Morel. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Linda Luca at: lluca@emsb.qc.ca.
  • November 13: Leonardo Da Vinci Academy (12025 Andre Dumas) in RDP will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout the day with Officer Philippe Chamberland. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

  • November 13: Merton School (5554 Robinson) in Cote St. Luc will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout with Ret. Captain Karl Morel. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Linda Luca at: lluca@emsb.qc.ca.  
  • November 18: Dante School (6090 Lachenaie) in St. Leonard will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout the day with Petty Officer Nicolas Jequier. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

  • November 23: Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School (4700 Lavoisier) in St. Leonard will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout the day with Sergeant Bouchard. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.

  • November 24: Our Lady of Pompei Elementary School (9944 St. Michel) in Montreal North will commemorate Remembrance Day throughout the day with Officer Anissa Gray. Students will also observe two minutes of silence, which will be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Maria Kelly at: mkelly@emsb.qc.ca.
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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