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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 7, 2015 – In preparation for the holidays, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will once again be teaming up with the Canadian Armed Forces to support CTV Montreal’s annual “Spirit of Giving” campaign, which brings much needed assistance to the less fortunate throughout Montreal.  

Until December 11, non-perishable food, toys and miscellaneous items, such as soap and cleaning supplies, will be collected, sorted and donated to Share The Warmth, West Island Assistance Fund, Renaissance Montreal, Multicaf, Parc Extension Share Store, Le Bon Dieu Dans La Rue, Batshaw Youth and Family Services, Mile End Mission, La Mosaique and the N.D.G. Food Depot. In all, the combined efforts of the EMSB, its schools and facilities will hopefully generate over 600 boxes of non-perishable food, and over 40,000 toys and miscellaneous items.

Fourty-four schools and centres will take part in the campaign as well as some community organizations. Rosemount High School will serve as the main hub for the collection. Principal Marco Gagliardi is thrilled to have his facility assume the role of the main hub for the very first time.

Donations can be brought to the following schools and centres: James Lyng High School in St. Henri; Rosemount High School, Rosemount Tech Centre and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount; St. Dorothy in St. Michel; Dalkeith Elementary in Anjou; Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Cedarcrest, Gardenview and Parkdale Elementary Schools, LaurenHill Academy and St. Laurent Adult Centre in St. Laurent; St. Monica and Willingdon Elementary Schools, Royal Vale School and Marymount Academy and Shadd Business Centre in N.D.G.; Coronation Elementary School in Cote-des-Neiges; Dunrae Gardens and Carlyle Elementary School in the Town of Mont-Royal; Roslyn Elementary in Westmount; Edinburgh and Elizabeth Ballantyne in Montreal West; Hampstead Elementary; Sinclair Laird in Park Extension; East Hill and Michelangelo Elementary Schools in Riviere-des-Prairies; Merton Elementary School in Côte St. Luc; St. Pius Adult Centre, John Caboto Academy and Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic; Galileo Adult Centre, Gerald McShane Elementary School and Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; Dante, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and General Vanier Elementary Schools as well as John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald High Schools in St. Léonard.

The donations will be transported to the collection centre at Rosemount High School by the Canadian Armed forces, led by Master Corporal John Petrou and members of Canadian Grenadier Guards. Students from Rosemount High School will also be volunteering to sort through the items once they are delivered.  All boxes will be picked up by December 15.

Many of the participating EMSB schools will organize a series of events set to encourage donations, and a number of schools will be featured on CTV Montreal’s mid-day and nightly news programs throughout the duration of the campaign.

“We cannot say enough about the overwhelming generosity of our viewers along with our community partners in the YMCAs of Quebec and the English Montreal School Board,” said Martin Spalding, Vice President & General Manager of Television and Radio at Bell Media.  “There are thousands of less fortunate families that benefit from the CTV Montreal Spirit of Giving campaign and we are thankful that so many entities come together to ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy this special time of year."

The campaign will conclude with a live broadcast from Rosemount High School on Tuesday, December 15 at 6 p.m. “I wish to thank everyone for their generous contributions and ongoing support to the Spirit of Giving campaign,” said EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini.

Live noon broadcasts will take place as follows: Monday, December 7 at Royal Vale School in N.D.G.; Tuesday, December 8 at Edinburgh Elementary School in Montreal West; Wednesday, December 9 at Parkdale School in St. Laurent; Thursday, December 10 at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Leonard; Friday, December 11 at Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in T.M.R.; Monday, December 14 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary in St. Leonard and Tuesday, December 15 at Roslyn Elementary in Westmount.

For highlights of the 2014 campaign, please watch this video:

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