More 50th Anniversary Celebrations for
St. John Bosco School

St. John Bosco School in Ville Émard continued to celebrate 50 years of quality education and community by hosting six prominent alumni to meet the students - first in an assembly and later during visits to individual classrooms. 

Prominent Montreal playwright Vittorio Rossi reminisced about his days at St. John Bosco, and  gave inspiration to one of our Cycle I students to complete writing her play that very day.

Retired EMSB Principal Maria Di Perna spoke during the assembly and shared her passion for education.  While she was a student at St. John Bosco, she was inspired to follow her dream to become a teacher.  She taught at our school and later became vice-principal.  What wonderful memories she shared!

RDS and former CTV reporter Mike Bossy spoke to two classes about how he used to walk to school, and run into all of his friends along the way.   Mike ran into his cousin Joyce Pillarella, another St. John Bosco graduate, during the visit.  Joyce has worked as a graphic artist and continues her work at James Lyng High School and is helping with the St. John Bosco oral history of the Italian immigrant community of Ville Émard.

Student teacher Andrea Evangelista joined fellow alumna Rita Della-Rochetta Calouri and the others on the stage.  Rita still supports the school both in her work at lunchtime and as an organizer of the 50th anniversary gala event with Andrea’s family.

The St. John Bosco School community is proud to celebrate 50 years.  As everyone is beginning to face the finality of closure, we all understand the importance of celebrating the history and success we have shared along this journey.