École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean French Public Elementary School to celebrate Day of Pink with parliamentarians on Parliament Hill

(OTTAWA, April 10, 2012) — For April 11th’s Day of Pink, elementary and secondary schools at the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, Eastern Ontario’s French Public School Board (CEPEO), will participate in many activities to celebrate diversity and difference.

 

In particular, students of école élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean — invited by Jeremy Dias, director and founder of Jer’s Vision Foundation — will gather at Centre Block to talk to parliamentarians about diversity as well as offer a short outdoor performance on the diversity theme in front of Centre Block. During the event, 80 members of école élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean’s student choir – all dressed in Day of Pink shirts — will sing French classic La vie en rose, by Édith Piaf, while dancing a flash-mob style choreography.

 

The Day of Pink originated in an incident that happened in a Cambridge, Nova Scotia school, where a male student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The next day, many students wore pink shirts in a show of solidarity. The Day of Pink is led by Jer’s Vision, a canadian youth organization whose mission is to fight discrimination and promote diversity.

 

Many other Day of Pink activities are planned for CEPEO schools. For instance, students at école secondaire publique De La Salle will create a giant human chain that surround the school building between 9: 20 am and 9:45 am on Wednesday April 11 in honour of Pink Day.  The address for DLS is 501, Old St-Patrick Street, Ottawa

 

WHAT: Day of Pink celebration on Parliament Hill with école élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean

 

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday April 11, 2012, at 12:00 pm noon, Parliament Hill, Centre Block, Room 160-S

 

SCHEDULE:

12 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.:      Meeting with parliamentarians and speeches on their role in terms of raising national awareness of the issues, Room 160-S, Centre Block

12:15 p.m.:                          Performance by Les voix du monde, the école élémentaire Michaëlle-Jean’s choir, in front of the central outdoor steps of Centre Block, followed by flash mob by members of the student dance troupe outside the central doors of Centre Block (if it rains, the performance will take place at Tabaret Hall’s Chapel, University of Ottawa)

 

Media who wish to cover this event are asked to contact Marilyne Guèvremont, CEPEO Chief of Communications.

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ÉCOLES DE CHOIX, CONSEIL DE CHOIX. Proud to be on the vanguard in the area of education, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), winner of the 2011 Coup de Coeur award given out by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale (RGA) during its Excellence Awards ceremony, which recognized the CEPEO’s sustainable development efforts, serves more than 12,400 students and includes 38 French-language primary and secondary schools across Eastern Ontario.

 

Information:

Marilyne Guèvremont, CEPEO Chief of Communications

Phone: 613 295-4988

Email: marilyne.guevremont@cepeo.on.ca

 

Jeremy Dias, Director and Founder of Jer’s Vision Foundation

Phone: 613 400-1875, Email: info@dayofpink.org

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