Dedicated to former guidance counsellor Hugh Adams
EMSB TO HOLD ANNUAL CAREER FAIR OCTOBER 28 & 29
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 15, 2009- The 10th annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair will take place October 28 and 29 at St. Pius X Adult Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau) for Secondary V students.
Official opening ceremonies will take place on October 28 at 9:45 a.m., with the event being formally dedicated in the memory of former guidance counsellor and Career Fair emcee Hugh Adams. The latter part of that day, from 5:30 p.m, to 9 p.m, will be devoted to an open house for all students and parents in the system.
Noted veejay and motivational speaker Malik Shaheed, a graduate of Westmount High School, will be back as the emcee. Susan Freed, the guidance counsellor at John Grant High School in Côte Saint-Luc , is the Career Fair chairperson. The Student Services and Adult Education and Vocational Services Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program. Ms. Freed notes that the main objective of the Career Fair is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them. All students will take part in a brief general information session in the St. Pius X auditorium. Students will then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities, the Canadian Armed Forces, McDonald’s, Old Navy and some private business colleges.
The Career Fair is supported almost entirely by corporate sponsorship, principally Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies, RBC Royal Bank and a host of others. At the RBC kiosk on the morning of Oct. 28 will be Sandra Lizé, a member of the Canadian Olympic water polo team who participated in the Sydney Games in 2000 and the Pan American Games in Rio in 2007. In the afternoon, fencer Sandra Sassine will be on hand. She has won six national titles over the last seven years. Canadian Olympic diver Marie-Ève Marleau, who starred on the platform at the Beiihing will be on hand throughout the day of Oct. 29.
For more details go to www.rbc.com/sponsorship.
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.”