Rosemount High School to host “My Montreal” Conference March 20
On March Wednesday, March 20, Rosemount High School (3737 Beaubien Street East) will host a particularly special event, the “My Montreal” conference. The theme is “Make a Difference.” It will unfold via two sessions, from 9:45 am to 10:58 am and 11:20 am to 12:34 pm whereby students will have an opportunity to participate in four simultaneous conferences and conversations around the school.
Spiritual and Community Animator and conference organizer Vince Lacroce notes: “Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone can learn from the stories we are told. We have invited several members the Montreal community from different walks of life to share their personal story with the students of Rosemount High School. Our guests will share their experiences growing up, how and what motivated them, some of the challenges and successes they had along the way, and how they persevered through those difficult challenges. They want to share the lessons they have learned to make a difference.”
The students will have an opportunity to dialogue in interactive sessions with guests on a variety of issues including stereotyping, racism, substance abuse, mental illness, loss of loved ones, and general challenges. The personal stories and the lessons learned will allow students for some self-reflection time on dealing with their particular challenges and inspiring them to pursue their dreams.
“My goal is to change the world one step at a time and to help spread kindness everywhere I can, ” says Fortunato Coppola, founder of “A Mother’s Love” Foundation. That is making a difference!
The presenters will be paired up to provide their perspectives on life and providing support and a voice for others in need.
Session 1 (Spiritual Community Centre: Lee Haberkorn (Producer and Morning Host on Virgin Radio 96), Antonio Lacroce (Former EMSB Director General) and Vanessa Gianfrancesco (Community Representative on life as a Celebrity Chef).
Session 2 (Library): Nikki Blach (Morning Host from The Beat 92.5), Angela Mancini (Chair of the EMSB), and Fortunato Coppola (founder of “A Mother’s Love” Foundation).
Session 3 (Gymnasium): Sabrina Marandola (CBC TV), Ruth Rosenfield (Educational Representative on Teaching and former Union President), Carlo Monaco (EMSB alumni and cancer survivor), Julian McKenzie (CTV News), Kimberly Wong (Director of Silk), Brigitte O'Driscoll (Community Representative on Military, Firefighter and Humanitarian work).