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EMSB TO HONOUR ANTHONY CALVILLO AND ROSARIO AND THE LATE ROSA GUZZO AT 2017 PARENT VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENING

MONTREAL, MARCH 20, 2017- The annual English Montreal School Board Parent Volunteer Appreciation Evening will take place on Tuesday, April 4 at Plaza Volare of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Cote de Liesse in St. Laurent. It is sponsored by La Capitale Financial Services.

This year’s event is being held to commemorate National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 16 to 22, under the theme of Volunteers –Part of Our Heritage. In recognition of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre will give opening remarks. Football legend Anthony Calvillo, who had an outstanding career as the quarterback of the Montreal Alouettes where he is now an assistant coach, will receive the first ever EMSB Volunteer Ambassador of the Year Award. Anthony and his wife Alexia are the parents of two students at Gardenview Elementary School in St. Laurent. Over the past two decades, Anthony has graciously visited schools and shared his stay in school message with students. Mr. Calvillo will be introduced by Montreal Gazette football reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

The Volunteers of Distinction this year are Rosario Guzzo and his late wife Rosa from Michelangelo International Elementary School in RDP. Rosa passed away in January. Married for 33 years, Rosario and Rosa have volunteered at Michelangelo for over 25 years, mainly in the school’s library. Rosario and his son Anthony, who was a student at Michelangelo as well as at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North, will be on hand to accept the award.

Time and space do not allow the EMSB to honour all of its nearly 1,500 volunteers in person. Therefore, only those individuals who have volunteered for more than five years will attend the reception, representing some 500 people. However, several thousand copies of a commemorative program book will be distributed to each school.

The emcees for the evening will be Global News senior anchor Jamie Orchard and EMSB Communications and Marketing Specialist Michael Cohen. 

For the eighth consecutive year, La Capitale is the title sponsor for this event. La Capitale Financial Services (www.lacapitale.com) which is a member of La Capitale Financial Group, offers a wide range of products and services that are designed to simplify financial choices for members working in the public and parapublic sectors in over 900 public and parapublic institutions across the province. These services include: personal financial advice; savings, investments and funds; individual life and health insurance; mortgages and personal loans; insurance for automobiles, recreational vehicles, home, travel and legal access; commercial insurance; and group insurance.

Event Sponsors

Along with La Capitale, the 2017 EMSB Volunteer Appreciation Evening is proud to have the following companies as its major sponsors: Steve’s Music Store (www.stevesmusic.com), is a major force in the Canadian music industry since 1965, which caters to all kinds of musical needs; Loft Uniforms (www.loftuniforms.com), sells a large selection of school uniforms for public and private schools, at both elementary and secondary levels, across Quebec and Ontario; Green Apple Studio (www.greenapplestudio.ca), is a photography studio that serves schools and daycare centres, and uses award-winning background replacement technology, which gives more flexibility and choices when it comes to student portrait photos. They are also the official photographer for Volunteer Appreciation Night; Global Montreal (www.globalnews.ca) a longtime supporter of the EMSB and Volunteer Appreciation Evening; The Suburban Newspaper (www.thesuburban.com) established in 1963, is Quebec’s largest weekly English newspaper. It also operates “MList” (www.myMList.com), a membership club that offers discounts, special offers and promotions from a wide range of Montreal retailers and services, and its website offers blogs on food, parenting, fashion and more; the Montreal Alouettes football club (www.MontrealAlouettes.com) has been around since 1946, and is offering group ticket packages for the 2017 season, which begins on June 22 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders; KidCon (www.kidconmtl.com) is a two-day annual event for children aged 3 to 12 – and their families – to explore, discover and play in an interactive environment filled with activities, attractions, shows and special surprises. This year’s KidCon will take place on October 21 and 22 at Stade Uniprix; Lamontagne (www.lamontagne.ca), offers a large assortment of chocolates (including nut-free), as well as popcorn, snacks, gourmet food products, and organic and fair trade products for all kinds of school fundraising projects; Promotions Hannah (www.hannahpromotions.com) is an agency that specializes in offering promotional products and strategies that help to impact overall growth objectives, with their main focus of contributing towards their clients’ overall profit and sales evolution; Fana Sports (www.fanasports.com) manufactures custom made sports team uniforms for all sports, which are sewn in their own facility. They also offer cresting and numbering services, as well as a new cut-and-sew customized teamwear line; The Big Blue Hug (www.thebigbluehug.com) offers gorgeous recognition gifts and custom awards for your school. 



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