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MONTREAL, APRIL 1, 2016 English Montreal School Board Deputy Director General Paola Miniaci has announced her retirement, following 38 years of dedicated service to the public education system.

Ms Miniaci worked as a teacher, principal and regional director prior to taking on her present responsibilities.  “I had never given much thought to a life beyond my educational career,” she stated. “Sometimes though, unexpected circumstances force you to consider a different path to a new beginning. Opportunities await and I now look forward to being the sole author of the chapters to come and sharing them with my loved ones.”

Ms. Miniaci says that she has been touched by so many wonderful people throughout her career. “I’m so blessed and very grateful,” she said.

In a message to staff,  Ms. Miniaci said that she wished to  extend her  eternal gratitude to a cross-section of individuals:

  • The young child who showed me tenderness and its power to change lives;
  • The troubled child who taught me humility, selflessness, and compassion;
  • The patient and caring teachers who reminded me that the child is at the center of all we do;
  • The students, parents and educators who challenged my practices and opened my eyes to look beyond the ordinary and find creative alternatives;
  • The parents who trusted unconditionally by sharing their compelling stories and made me a better listener;
  • The secretaries and support staff whose dedication and commitment to our students moved me to do more; you helped me to appreciate the day-to-day happenings that are so integral to the overall success of an organization;
  • The professionals and management staff whose work ethic and creativity inspired me to reach for the stars;

  • The principals and vice-principals whose loyalty, devotion, and commitment created magical moments as we journeyed together; you reinforced my life-long belief that respect, responsibility, trust, and relationships are the pillars of leadership and cornerstones of the human spirit;
  • Those exceptional hors cadres, directors, and assistant directors whose authenticity, honesty, and integrity permitted me to resolve issues in an open and safe environment, and trusted me with the freedom to lead; together we made the impossible possible;
  • Commissioners who looked beyond position, power, and influence to serve the community with the understanding  that the EMSB should be an organization where backroom politics, favouritism, manipulation, and toeing the party line have no place.   
  • The members of the associations and the larger educational community across the province for their innovation, collaboration, and inspiration;
  • Those extraordinary individuals who went beyond the professional sphere and became my dear friends.

“These gifts have left an imprint on my spirit and made me who I am today,” Ms. Miniaci said. “I will always hold them dear to my heart.  As I leave, I wish this organization continued growth and hope that the leaders will ensure that everyone has a place and a purpose; where the right to question is encouraged; where the truth is not twisted; where young and old, new and experienced, will be cherished, valued, trusted, and respected.”


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