/R E P E A T -- Media invitation - Ground breaking ceremony for "80, ruelle de l'Avenir"/



    For the first time in Quebec: botany, cooking, the multimedia, arts,
    science, and sports unite in the fight to promote staying in school in
    the Centre-Sud and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve districts.

    MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Representatives of the media are invited
Monday, June 9, 2008, to the inauguration of the construction of "80, ruelle
de l'Avenir." This is a major project initiated by the private sector and a
local community organization with the aim of reducing the dropout rate, which
has reached 70% in this, one of the country's most disadvantaged
neighbourhoods.
    Fundraising campaign co-chairs, Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of
Gaz Métro, and Jacques Ménard, President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec, will
be honoured to mark the beginning of construction in the presence of the
school's students, many of the project's partners and the media.

    
    In brief

    What:  Ground breaking ceremony for the "80, ruelle de l'Avenir" project

    When:  Monday, June 9, 2008, at 10:30 a.m.

    Where: Ecole Garneau (main entrance)
           1808 Papineau Street, Montreal
           Parking available for the media on the school grounds

    Schedule of events:

    10:30  Press conference: fundraising campaign co-chairs, along with major
           partners, will present the project to the media.
                Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro
                Jacques Ménard, President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec
                Diane De Courcy, Chair of the Commission scolaire de Montréal
                Daniel Paquin, General Manager of Projet 80

    10:55  Creation of the centre's first garden and presentation by
           Francis Reddy, spokesperson of "80, ruelle de l'Avenir"
           The children and major partners will dig the earth and plant the
           first garden at "80, ruelle de l'Avenir"
           Official photo session

    11:05  Close of the event
           Spokespersons will be available for interviews
    




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