|CAREER FAIR SET FOR OCTOBER 23 to 25 AT ST. PIUS X|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 8, 2007- The eighth annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair, will take place October 23 to 25 at St. Pius X Adult Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau). More than 3,000 Secondary IV and V students will be in attendance. The theme is "Dare to Dream." MusiquePlus veejay and noted motivational speaker Malik Shaheed, a graduate of Westmount High School, will be the emcee.
Montreal Fire Chief Serge Tremblay will be the special guest speaker at opening ceremonies (8:45 a.m. Tuesday, October 23). At last year's event many students expressed an interest in obtaining more information about a career in firefighting. The Montreal Fire Department will also have an information kiosk.
Susan Freed, the guidance counselor at John Grant High School, is the Career Fair chairperson. The Student Services and Adult Education and Vocational Services Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program. Ms. Freed notes that the main objective of the Career Fair is to provide students in Secondary IV and V, as well as those in the adult sector, with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them. All students will take part in a brief general session in the St. Pius X auditorium, during which time presentations will include information with respect to CEGEP and vocational educational programs, as well as admission requirements. Students will then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities, the Canadian Armed Forces and McDonald's.
The Career Fair is supported almost entirely by corporate sponsorship, principally Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies and RBC Royal Bank and a host of others. Mr. Dym, a successful Montreal businessman and philanthropist, is a product of the public system. Report Collection (www.reportcollection.com) will once again be the official supplier of t-shirts for the student ushers. This year's event is being dedicated to the memory of John Szuber, the founding chair of the event who lost his two year battle with a brain tumour last June.
Michael J. Cohen