MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) launched its 10th anniversary celebrations appropriately on the 10th day of the first month of classes. On Wednesday morning September 10, elementary school students paraded around their neighbourhood streets, carrying special 10th anniversary flags, while high school students took part in walk-a-thons to mark the occasion.
Meanwhile, also on September 10, the EMSB Administration Building at 6000 Fielding in N.D.G. was the site of a series of special events. Activities commenced at 9:30 a.m. with addresses by EMSB Chair Angela Mancini and Director General Antonio Lacroce. The winners of the 10th anniversary logo and song competitions were announced. Representatives from the adult sector and different unions attended.
A plaque commemorating the 10th anniversary was unveiled in the foyer, with Ms. Mancini presiding along with her three predecessors as board chair: George Vathilakis, John Simms and Dominic Spiridigliozzi. Everyone then moved outdoors for a ribbon cutting, which symbolized the brilliant future for the EMSB. A time capsule was also deposited, which is to be reopened in 10 years’ time, next to a newly-planted red oak tree that was donated by Pépinière Jasmin. During this point in the ceremony students and staff from three neighbouring schools marched by.
Some of the school-based activities included:
- Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in T.M.R. held a parade around their neighborhood, with special guest T.M.R. city councillor John D. Miller.
- Carlyle Elementary School in T.M.R. paraded through their neighbourhood with special guest, Town Councilor Erin Kennedy. This was followed by the serving of a birthday cake.
- Michelangelo Elementary School in R.D.P. held a corn roast with entertainment provided by a live band, followed by a parade around the vicinity of the school.
- East Hill Elementary School in RDP had inflatable games, dancing and a corn roast.
- Elizabeth Ballantyne and Edinburgh elementary schools in Montreal West met up on Westminster Avenue and marched together to Royal West Academy.
- Dante Elementary School in St. Léonard held two parades and inaugurated the new Frank Evangelista Fitness Park, which was followed by music, dancing and games. Member of Parliament Massimo Pacetti served as Grand Marshall of both parades. Mr. Evangelista, the school’s physical education teacher, donated $7,000 of his practicum money to this special beautification project.
- Honoré Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard held a carnival and marched around their neighbourhood.
- Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Léonard held a corn roast with seniors from the nearby Foyer Dante.
- General Vanier School in St. Leonard held a corn boil followed by a parade, which was led by its music teacher, Jason. Lipstein, who played the flute throughout the march. Finally they ended the celebration at the park where Principal Pina Rizzi and parent volunteers treated the students to popsicles.
- Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve held a corn roast.
- Gardenview Elementary School in St. Laurent held a parade, which was followed by a corn roast.
- Hampstead Elementary School, Royal Vale School and Willingdon School paraded through the neighbourhood and met at the EMSB Administration Building. Willingdon also held an official opening for a new playground in their schoolyard during the afternoon.
- Merton Elementary School in Côte Saint-Luc marched east on Merton to Cavendish and north along Cavendish to the City Hall where they were greeted by the city’s treasurer and director of finance Angelo Marino, a former EMSB employee.
- Our Lady of Pompei Elementary School in Ahuntsic had a parade in their schoolyard led by a bagpiper.
- Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension had the honour of Justin Trudeau, now a candidate in the Papineau riding for the Liberal Party, lead their parade. This was followed by a corn roast.
- St. Brendan Elementary School in Rosemount paraded through the neighbourhood, which was followed by a community corn roast.
- St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles paraded around the school, followed by a corn roast.
- St. John Bosco Elementary School in Ville Émard paraded through the community with parents, followed by a corn roast in the park.
- St. Dorothy School in St. Michel presented a performance by the group Drum Café, which later joined the students in a parade around the neighborhood.
- Leonardo Da Vinci Elementary School in RDP held a parade through the community, followed by a corn roast.
- St. Raphael School in Ahuntsic held a corn roast, followed by a march.
- John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard decorated their schoolyard and treated the students to freshly baked Felix & Norton cookies, in which a special Felix & Norton truck began baking on the school premises at 6 a.m.
- Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount had a charity lunch which raised $577.25. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Student Scholarship Fund , and the other 50 percent to the St. Brendan’s Food Drive.
- The 1,500 students from LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent formed a large “EMSB 10” on their back field, a feat which was covered by CBC Television.
- Royal West Academy in Montreal West had all of its students and staff form a large “RWA.” They also kicked off their own 25th anniversary celebrations.
- John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel planted a tree, held a food drive and corn roast and played team spirit games.
- Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard treated staff and students to a hamburger lunch and 10th anniversary birthday cake. They also raised $660 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital library, which kicked off the school’s “Youth 4 Youth” fundraising initiative.
- Westmount High School did a cleanup of Westmount Park along with students from Westmount Park Elementary School.
- Rosemount High School offered free yogurt to all students.
- Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North held a free lunch day for all of its students.
- The Galileo Adult Centre in Montreal North held two corn roasts for its daytime and evening students.
- Marymount Adult Centre in Côte Saint-Luc held an outdoor barbeque for staff and students, in which the food was served by the students from centre’s Social Integration Program.
- Rosemount Technology Centre invited its students to indulge in a selection of sweet treats, which included fruit, ice cream and cake.
- St. Laurent Adult Centre held hot dog lunches for its daytime and evening students.
- St. Pius X Adult Centre and Culinary Institute in Ahuntsic held a dance and corn roast, with invited guests from the community. In addition to these guests, 10 students from each literacy and academic class were chosen to invite a friend of their choice from the outside. They all congregated outdoors, under a big tent, to dance to the tunes of a deejay and enjoy a scrumptious corn roast prepared by the talented Culinary Institute students.
It was on July 1, 1998, after the Quebec government had rearranged public school boards around linguistic, rather than religious, lines that the EMSB was officially established via an amalgamation between the English sectors of four boards – the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, the Montreal Catholic School Commission, the Jérôme-Le Royer School Board and the Sainte-Croix School Board.
A 10th anniversary committee at the EMSB is co-chaired by Region 1 Director Marzia Michielli and Assistant Director of Human Resources Connie Primiano. They have recommended that whenever possible, a special activity occur on the tenth day of each month. In addition to the monthly activities, there will be three major events involving parents, employees and students.