Media advisory - Pops Turns 80!

    Dans la rue honours its founder, Father Emmett Johns

    MONTREAL, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Dans la rue invites journalists to
attend a short ceremony celebrating the 80th birthday of its founder, Father
Emmett "Pops" Johns. A commemorative plaque in honour of Father Johns'
contribution will be unveiled on the facade of the day centre that bears his
    Father Johns will be available for interviews and there will also be a
photo op.
    The event will take place Thursday, April 3 at 10:00 AM at the Chez Pops
day centre located at 1662 Ontario Street East (between Champlain and

    About Dans la rue

    Founded in December 1988, Dans la rue is a grassroots, community-based
organization that works with Montreal street kids and at-risk youth. Based on
Father Emmett "Pops" Johns' philosophy of "helping without judging," the
organization provides street kids with food, shelter and friendship as well as
resources and services to help them get off the streets. Through its
prevention program, Dans la rue helps educate young people about the risks and
consequences of life on the street. The Dans la rue team is made up of more
than 65 employees and over 135 tireless volunteers working together to get
street kids back on the road to self-reliance.


    WHAT:     Ceremony and photo-op to celebrate Father Emmett "Pops" Johns'
              80th birthday

    WHO:      Father Emmett "Pops" Johns - Founder of Dans la rue
              Mr. Aki Tchitacov - Executive Director of Dans la rue

    WHEN:     Thursday, April 3 at 10:00 AM

    WHERE:    Chez Pops day centre
              1662 Ontario Street East (between Champlain and Papineau)

For further information:

For further information: Lisane Blanchard, Office: (514) 843-1902,
Cellular: (514) 299-1105

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