MONTREAL, DECEMBER 12, 2011 - Twenty participating English Montreal School Board (EMSB) schools managed to collect about 3,200 new toys for the 20th annual Christmas and Chanukah Toy Tea, which was held on December 7 at Tudor Hall on the fifth floor of Ogilvy’s department store.
The toys will benefit children with AIDS and children who are being sheltered and protected from abuse, war, poverty and/or violence. This is the ninth year of the EMSB’s involvement in the Toy Tea Campaign, which is an initiative of Spiritual, Religious and Moral Education Consultant Irene Miller. The participating EMSB schools were: Willingdon and Royal Vale in N.D.G.; Roslyn in Westmount; Gardenview, Parkdale and LaurenHill Academy (Junior and Senior Campus) in St. Laurent; Vincent Massey Collegiate and Nesbitt in Rosemount; Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic; Dunrae Gardens and Carlyle in T.M.R.; Honore Mercier in St. Leonard; Bancroft in the Plateau; John F. Kennedy High School and St. Dorothy in St. Michel; Merton in Côte St. Luc; St. Gabriel in Pointe St. Charles; and Sinclair Laird School in Park Extension. Student representatives from each school, along with their respective spiritual community animators, teachers, administrators, and Ms. Miller, attended the event to drop off their donated toys and receive special certificates of participation.
The event also featured the singing of Christmas carols by several private school choirs and a fashion show. Attendees were also treated to performances by the Willingdon and Roslyn school choirs, and their respective performances were big hits with the guests. This year’s Toy Tea, emceed by Global News anchor Jamie Orchard, was chaired by Montreal philanthropist Ginger Petty. It collects and donates brand new toys to over 5,000 children in over 27 shelters of various ethnic and religious backgrounds in Montreal, such as the Shield of Athena, the West Island Women’s Shelter, Multi-Femmes and Auberge Shalom. This year marked Ms. Petty’s final year as the Toy Tea’s chair, and she was honoured for her hard work and dedication to the cause in a special ceremony at the event. A special portrait of Ms. Petty was unveiled in her honour, which will be on permanent display at Ogilvy’s.