MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 – A steady drizzle could not stop the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Children’s Hospital from taking place on September 7 as students from Willingdon Elementary School in N.D.G. joined various dignitaries to officially mark the beginning of construction.
In all, 47 students representing Grades 3 and 6 from Willingdon were joined by their peers from the private College Charlemagne in Pierrefonds to represent the youth that this future hospital is being built to serve.
Welcoming the students were a slew of representatives from the MUHC, local, provincial and national politicians as well as Provincial Minister of Health and Social Services Dr. Yves Bolduc and Michèle Dionne, wife of Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
Following a short video and various speeches, Willingdon’s Zoe Cloutier and College Charlemagne’s Matthew Handfield represented their schools and presented a bouquet of flowers to Michèle Dionne.