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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 14,  2009-   The 2009 English Montreal School Board Career Fair,  October 28 and 29 at the St. Pius X Adult Centre  (9955 Papineau) in Ahuntsic, will be dedicated to the memory of Hugh Adams.
Mr. Adams lost a battle with cancer last year. He worked for over 30 years in the educational community, first as an English and history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, in St. Michel and then as a guidance counsellor at Lester B. Pearson High School, Rosemount High School and Program Mile End. One of his noted roles was as the dynamic and charismatic emcee of the Career Fair. He had to relinquish these duties three years ago when he fell ill, yet he continued to attend and even narrated a special video for the 2007 Career Fair. 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.

“My father was a charismatic, outgoing, caring person who had the ability to quickly make people feel very special,” said Hugh’s son Andrew, who currently teaches Secondary I English at LaurenHill Academy’s Junior Campus in St. Laurent. “He was also great in front of large crowds, because he was so good at holding their attention and making them feel connected with him, not to mention making them feel appreciated and needed.”

Andrew will speak on behalf of the family during the opening ceremonies on October 28 at 9:30 a.m. Students from Lester B. Pearson High School will be in the audience.
“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 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.”


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