Shadd Health and Business Centre Students to Raise Funds In Dragon Boat Race

Montreal, August 25,  2023-   A team from the Shadd Health and Business Centre in NDG will be part of the  BDO Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat Race on Saturday,  Sept. 9 (8 am to 2 pm)  at Promenade Pere Marquette (2105 boulevard St. Joseph) in Lachine. Other activities throughout the day will include  Zumba, Yoga and Family events

 This event is crucial to help raise awareness and much needed funds for Cedars CanSupport, which has, and continues to provide, free psychological, emotional, practical and financial support to cancer patients and their families, one person at a time, for the past 30 years. The Cedars Cancer Foundation was founded in 1966 by a group of individuals in the Lebanese community, who overcame personal loss and dedicated themselves to fighting cancer and to alleviating its effects on patients of all origins and their families.

From left to right: John Millar, Domenico Aversa,  Lina Jaugelis-Zatkovic from the Cedars Cancer Foundation  and Joe Cacchione.

SHADD’s involvement comes through its commitment to teambuilding and involvement in the community. Participants  must paddle in unison to power the dragon boat in a series of one-minute-long heats against other competitors. This is also a way to expose SHADD, showing others that it is not just a successful vocational school, but also a community contributor. “Our students are our strength,” says teacher John Millar. “The dragon boat represents the power and strong fellowship of our students. This is SHADD’s core.”

With a generous contribution of $5,000, Dominic Aversa of Baton Rouge  restaurants in Anjou, Laval and Greenfield Park   has shown the example and encouraged the  students to participate and donate. The goal of each dragon boat is to collect $15,000 in donations.

“We are close, but we need your support,” said Principal Joe Cacchione.

Go to the Cedars Foundation Dragon Boat race and look for DONATE TO TEAM or Click on the link below:  SHADD/Baton Rouge FIREBREATHERS and donate. It’s that easy!

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With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at



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