MONTREAL, JANUARY 6 , 2009 – The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will kick off its third annual Public School Education Month on Friday, January 9 with the opening of a three-day information kiosk at Place Vertu Shopping Centre in St. Laurent.
This campaign encourages prominent graduates to return to visit their neighbourhood schools to talk to students about the role public school education played in leading them to their present-day success. These individuals now serve as outstanding role models, as do many other prominent Quebecers having or having had a link with area public schools or vocational centres. This year the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) has adopted the program as well.
For the EMSB, here are some preliminary highlights.
- On Friday, January 9 and continuing on Saturday and Sunday, the EMSB will have an information kiosk area at a popular shopping mall. Representatives, including staff, students and parents, from four elementary schools – Cedarcrest, Parkdale, Carlyle, John Caboto, one adult centre – St. Laurent Adult Centre- and one vocational centre – the Shadd Business Centre will showcase their programs at Place Vertu. They will be situated next to the Canadian Tire store from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. On Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. the John Caboto Choir Group will perform.
- On Monday, January 12 (8:30 a.m.), Victoria Kaspi, a Professor of Physics at McGill University, will return to her old elementary school, Edinburgh (500 Hudson Ave.) in Montreal West. Ms. Kaspi holds the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology and a Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics. She received a B.Sc. (Honours) in hysics from McGill University in 1989, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1991 and 1993 respectively. From 1994-96, she was both a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the McGill faculty in 1999, Dr. Kaspi was an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she also held a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Space Research.
- On Tuesday, January 13 (11:25 a.m.) Helen Georgaklis, a successful financial consultant for the Investors Group, where she manages millions of dollars for people planning their retirement, will return to Gardenview Elementary School (700 Brunet) in St. Laurent She is also the author of a number of books.
- On Friday, January 16 (10 a.m.) Anna Gainey will return to Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount (4699 Westmount). She is the daughter of Montreal Canadiens general manager and former team captain Bob Gainey and the executive director of the Gainey Foundation. Anna attended Roslyn for Grades 2 to 5 (1985-89) before the family moved to France. Her brother Stephen and late sister Laura were also Roslyn students. Youngest sibling Colleen was only born in 1984 and the family moved to France before she started school.
- On Monday, January 19 (10 a.m.) hockey star Angelo Esposito will return to his former elementary school, Dunrae Gardens (235 Dunrae) in Town of Mount Royal. Esposito will be bringing his gold medal from Team Canada’s championship game in the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Ottawa. Esposito, who scored the winning goal, is a National Hockey League draft choice and property of the Atlanta Thrashers. He presently plays for the Montreal Juniors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
- On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 (10 a.m. to Noon) at Laurier MacDonald High School (7355 Viau) in St. Léonard the EMSB’s Science Olympics will have participating schools test their creativity and scientific knowledge by competing in two specific, science-related challenges. Cycle 3 elementary and Cycle 1 high school students who have a knack for science will participate. Their efforts will be decided by a panel of 15 judges who have been selected from the EMSB’s Adult and Vocational Centres. Each student will receive a certificate of participation, and each winning team will be awarded a plaque for their school. As well, the winners of the challenges will get a special voucher for a pizza lunch for a class of 32 students. Each school is allowed to enter a maximum of two teams for the Science Olympics, with each team containing no more than six students.
- On Monday, January 26 (10:15 a.m.), former NHL forward and successful businessman Robin Burns will return to his former high school, Marymount Academy (5100 Côte Saint-Luc Road). Burns started his hockey career with the Montreal Jr. Canadiens, where he played three consecutive seasons from 1964 to 1967. He later added 240 American Hockey League (AHL) games to his portfolio with the Montreal Voyageurs and Hershey Bears. He won the Calder Cup with the Bears during the 1973-74 season. Robin also added 190 National Hockey League (NHL) games under his belt, playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Kansas City Scouts. He founded the ITECH hockey brand in 1984 with the launch of his innovative fully clear facial visor, a first in the hockey protective industry and a product that is still counted in the line-up today. In May of 2004, ITECH merged with Mission Hockey to form Mission-ITECH Hockey Ltd. Last September Mission-ITECH was sold to Bauer Hockey
- On Tuesday, January 27 (1:30 p.m.) Dr. Albert Cohen will speak to students at his old elementary school, Coronation (4810 Van Horne) in Côte des Neiges. Dr. Cohen is the chief of gastroenterology at the Jewish General Hospital.
- Luigi Greco, an associate director for La Capitale Financial Services will speak at his old high school, John F. Kennedy (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel on Wednesday, January 28 (11:30 a.m.). La Capitale is the title sponsor this year for the EMSB Volunteer Recognition Evening April 22.
A number of other activities will be held within the EMSB to mark Public School Education Month in January. The EMSB will be running advertisements in English and French newspapers, as well as airing radio and television spots. In addition, the EMSB is proud to be part of the QESBA’s “Go publique” campaign focusing on “The English public schools of Québec – the many colours of success.”