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EMSB PLEASED WITH DECISION ALLOWING DALKEITH STUDENT WITH AUTISM TO REMAIN IN CANADA

MONTREAL, MARCH  16, 2016  –  The English Montreal School Board is delighted with the news that seven year old Dalkeith Elementary School student Nathan Villa and his mother Gabriela will be able to remain in Canada after facing a deportation order to Mexico from the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).

EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini commended Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for intervening and granting a temporary resident status to Ms. Villa. Nathan has been diagnosed with autism and speech delay and this represented a fundamental part of the  arguments given to allow them to stay in the country.

“We are so happy for  Nathan and his mother,” said Ms. Mancini. “There were many people who worked behind the scenes to make this happen. I’d particularly like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Joanne Charron, the EMSB commissioner representing the special needs community. This was a new position created by the Ministry of Education following the last school board elections and represents another example of how the current system of school board governance works.”

Ms. Mancini also commended the work of Dalkeith Principal John Wright and his staff, who have supported the Villas every step of the way. “The Villas have been given a temporary permit
while awaiting for a decision on her humanitarian application,” said Ms. Mancini. “We are confident they are here to stay.”



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