MONTREAL, OCTOBER 26, 2011- The 12th annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair will take place November 2 and 3 at St. Pius X Adult Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau) for Secondary V students. Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. and RBC are the event’s title sponsors.
Official opening ceremonies will take place on November 2 at 9:30 a.m. Among the guest speakers will be RBC sponsored athletes Caroline Ouellette (hockey) and Christine Robinson (water polo) on November 2 and Benoit St-Amand (sledge hockey) on November 3. Several on air personalities from 92.5 The Beat FM will also be on hand to talk to students about careers in broadcasting. Morning show hosts Cat Spencer and Sarah Bartok will take to the stage at 10:30 a.m. November 2 while Claudia Marques, Shaun McMahon and AJ Reynolds will also stop by. Dylan Ribkoff, the 25-year old entrepreneur from Montreal who was recently featured on CBC TV’s The Dragon’s Den, will speak on November 3 at 10 a.m.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 2, the Career Fair will be open to the community-at-large. Organizers note that this is a good opportunity for parents to attend with their children as they look towards post-secondary education options.
Noted veejay and motivational speaker Malik Shaheed, a graduate of Westmount High School, will be back as the emcee. Susan Freed, a guidance counsellor at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, 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, Bench apparel and some private business colleges.
Caroline Ouellette has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team for 12 years, winning gold medals at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games and placing first at five World Championships. She hopes to represent Canada again at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia. “I would not be successful at the international level with only my hockey skills,” she says. “I needed to become fitter and a better athlete overall. I also needed to learn the benefits of good nutrition. since then, I have strived to be as fit as I can be and take pride in being successful in the off-ice aspect of training.”
A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she double majored in criminology and women's studies, as an RBC Athlete Ouellette believes she will pick up on things that will help in her sports and post-athletic career. “Past and current Olympians have appreciated being part of the program for years, and I feel lucky to now be one of them,” she says.
Christine Robinson started playing water polo when she was 12 and she did not wait long to make a name for herself in the Canadian Water Polo community. She made the junior national team in 1999 after only three years of water polo experience and has been playing internationally for Canada ever since. She captained the 2003 Junior National Team to Canada’s first gold medal performance at a World Championship since 1981. At the event she finished in the top 10 in scoring with an impressive 16 goals and excelled in the center forward position for her team. Christine made her debut with the senior team in the 2004 qualification tournament for the Olympic Games. Her play at that event secured her a spot on the roster for the 2004 Athens Olympics, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Christine’s most recent accomplishment was a silver medal at the FINA World Aquatic Championships last summer in Rome. She hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. A resident of Lachine, she graduated in physiology from McGill in 2009.
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. Benoit St.-Amand will be at the RBC kiosk on November 3. He has always been passionate about playing sports, especially hockey, which he began playing at the age of three. A resident of St-Hubert he was diagnosed with a malignant tumour on his right tibia at 15 years of age and after many months of operations and physiotherapy, he consented to have his leg amputated above the knee.
This was a tough decision for St-Amand, but he was anxious to get back to an active lifestyle. The ordeal taught him to think and act positively, living his life one day at a time.
After watching a broadcast of the Canadian sledge hockey team playing at the 2002 Paralympics, Benoît was determined to play for his country. A couple of months after the 2002 games were over, he started to play sledge hockey in Montreal. After only two years of playing, he earned a spot on the national team as a forward and eventually made the switch to goaltending.
St-Amand was a member of the gold medal team at the 2006 Paralympics in Torino and on the team which played in Vancouver last winter. He also has gold medals from the 2008 IPC Hockey World Championships and the 2007 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. He has his own website at www.benoitstamand.com