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MONTREALOCTOBER 8,  2008—   The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is mourning the passing of Hugh Adams, a longtime guidance counsellor in the system who lost his battle with cancer earlier this week.

Mr. Adams worked for over 30 years in the educational  community, most recently as a guidance counsellor at Rosemount and Lester B. Pearson High Schools and Program Mile End. One of his noted roles was as the dynamic  and charismatic emcee of the annual High School Career Fair. He had to relinquish these duties two years ago when he fell ill,  yet he continued to attend and even narrated a special video last year. On May 31, 2006 Mr. Adams was honoured by the Quebec Counselling Association as the winner of the 2006 Justine Harris Award for Excellence in Counselling.   A month later he was honoured at an EMSB Council meeting ,where he received an emotional standing ovation.

“Hugh served as a role model for the many students whose needs he addressed over the years,” said EMSB Director of Student Services Lew Lewis. “As an example of his dedication, perseverance and professional commitment, Hugh once phoned me a few years ago to indicate  that he would not be able to attend one of our meetings. When I asked him why, he indicated  that he had worked over that last year and a half with a student who had psychological difficulties resulting in a reluctance to speak publicly. It was called selective mutism. However, the day of our meeting was, in fact, the magic moment as Hugh was able to facilitate this young lady in her speaking for the first time in front of her class. What an achievement! And this is but one example of his many success stories as a professional in our board. He will be sorely missed.”

Funeral services for Hugh Adams will take place on Monday, October 13 (1 p.m.) at  St. Peter’s Church (900 Laird) in Town of Mount Royal.


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