|EMSB ELECTS ITS FIRST FEMALE CHAIR|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 14, 2007— In a vote of the newly elected Council of Commissioners, Angela Mancini was elected chair of the English Montreal School Board. She succeeds Dominic Spiridigliozzi, who held that post for the past four years.
Ms. Mancini has been the commissioner for Rosemount, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Dowtown and the Plateau (Electoral Division 19) since the EMSB was established on July 1, 1998. A dietician by profession, she has two daughters who attend Edward Murphy Elementary School. Not only does she become the first female chair in EMSB history, but the two other top elected posts – vice-chair and chair of the executive committee also went to women.
“It has been my privilege to represent our school communities over the last nine years,” Ms. Mancini said. “ I have always strived for transparency in my actions and partnerships with our school communities. I have worked to ensure that my actions and decisions reflect my commitment to excellence in education. In the future, it is imperative that we work towards initiatives that will ensure healthy enrolments for our schools and that will reflect the wishes of their individual communities. We also need to ensure continued fiscal responsibility so as to increase the resources which directly affect our students.”
Ms. Mancini said that the theme of her mandate will be One Goal, One Focus – Student Success.
Elected as vice-chair was Sylvia Lo Bianco. She too was first elected in 1998 as the commissioner for Montreal-North (Electoral Division 15). For the past four years she served as chair of the Executive Committee. In addition, she presided over the Board’s marketing committee. Rosa Cerrelli, another original commissioner from Rivières-des-Prairies (Electoral Division 22), was elected chair of the executive committee with Syd Wise of Côte Saint-Luc (Electoral Division 1) chosen as vice-chair.
The others elected to committees were: Bernard Praw (Electoral Division 10, St. Laurent), chair of Education and Facilities, with Frank Verrillo (Electoral Division 17, St. Léonard) as vice-chair; James Kromida (Electoral Division 11, St. Laurent-Cartierville), chair of Finance and Legislation, with Ellie Israel (Electoral Division 8, Côte des Neiges-Snowdon-Outremont) as vice-chair; Frank DiCesare (Electoral Division 20, St. Léonard), chair of Adult Education and Vocational Services, with Patricia Lattanzio (Electoral Division 23, Rivière-des-Prairies), as vice-chair; Ted Donnini (Electoral Division 21 (Anjou-Pointe aux Trembles-Montreal East) and Ellie Israel, commissioner representatives on the Transportation Advisory Committee; Frank Verrillo, Ginette Sauvé-Frankel (Electoral Division 7, Westmount, N.D.G.) and Ted Donnini, representatives to the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) Board of Directors; Marvin Helfenbaum (Electoral Division 4, Hampstead - Côte Saint-Luc), member of the Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire and Agostino Cannavino (Electoral Division 18, Rosemount) as the alternate.
On November 4 elections were held in 19 of 23 wards for the EMSB. Voter turnout was 17.9 percent, among the best in the province. Seven of the commissioners have been elected for the first time. In the case of Mr. Donnini he was defeated in 2003, but regained his same seat in this election. For the complete election results log on to www.emsb.qc.ca. The newly reconstituted Council of Commissioners will have their first regular meeting on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Michael J. Cohen