CJAD Hero of the Month Mikaella Goldsmith

Mikaella Goldsmith was nominated by the James Lyng Board of Directors for her work as the community learning center coordinator at James Lyng High School and with a variety of non-profit organizations that offer much needed support for kids in the South West area.

Having grown up in Côte-des-Neiges and Little Burgundy, she has volunteered with inner city community groups for 13 years and made her mark with organizations such as Leave Out Violence, Tyndale, Youth in Motion and Dawson Community Center

She currently develops programs and fosters key partnerships to help empower and mentor children and teens in the Pointe-Saint-Charles, Saint-Henri, Little Burgundy and Verdun.

Though her life has been filled with many ups and downs from very early on, Mikaella has never defined them as insurmountable odds.

When she was 5 years old, her single mother was arrested for drug trafficking – her mother and absent father were both addicts.

Her life has been turbulent and filled with insecurities, the kind of experiences that lead many down a dark path. Instead, Mikaella has used them to fuel her drive and determination to help others.

She is a leader by example and proves that hardships do not necessarily lead to hard times. She serves as a strong role model and is an example of what following your dreams and becoming a product of one’s ambitions looks like.

Mikaella is a hero for not only overcoming incredible odds, but making her story the strength by which she helps support, encourage and inspire others.

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CJAD Hero of the Month Johnny Montanaro

Johnny Montanaro is a name many people may recognize for his contributions to the music industry over last 40 years, but it is due to his selflessness and giving nature for which he should truly be recognized. That is why CJAD is honouring him as the Hero of the month for July. At the age of 83, Johnny continues to donate his time and effort to the people in his community, helping to provide them with the essentials that they need to lead a happy life. Whether it is a child who needs a healthy breakfast before school, or a newly immigrated family that needs furniture to start their lives here in Canada, Johnny is always using his contacts and resources to help people who are not in a position to help themselves. “No” is word that does not exist in Johnny’s vocabulary when it comes to helping others.

Johnny is constantly doing something to help those around him, never giving himself a moment’s rest. He takes a great deal of pride in helping people in any capacity, but there is one of his accomplishments that he is especially proud of. Once a year, all 33 police stations in the Greater-Montreal area organize a “Baked Bean Day” where all the stations deliver lunch to local businesses to raise money for various community organizations. Johnny was an integral part of last year’s drive at Station 42 and thanks to his work and dedication they raised the most money of all 33 stations. Close to $8000 was raised and it is thanks largely in part to Johnny. The money was given to different organizations in the St-Leonard area that help feed children in need. For Johnny there is no greater feeling then knowing he has made a child happy.

You can learn a lot about Johnny by speaking to the people with whom he works. Johnny has been volunteering at Police Station 42 in St-Leonard for the past 15 years and has left quite an impression on the people around him. Daniel Castonguay, community relations officer at Station 42, says he wishes there was a “Johnny Montanaro” at every police station because of how much he offers the people. He spoke of how he strives to always do more and to give as much of himself that he can to the people in the community. Daniel knows as well as anyone how much work Johnny does to help others and is happy to have him as part of the Station 42 familly

Johnny has not only personally given back to the people around him, but he has also inspired others to do the same. Martin Godin who was once just an acquaintance of Johnny is now a close personal friend of his. Martin was so inspired by what Johnny was doing that he started spending much of his own time learning from Johnny and helping him in his efforts to give back to the members of the community. He has been a great help to Johnny and does whatever he can to do his part. Martin spoke of how Johnny never thinks of himself and how he has the drive of a young man when it comes to helping others and that Johnny is the reason he has become so passionate about volunteering and contributing in any way he can.

While the people around him may recognize his efforts as extraordinary, Johnny is a man who feels that it is his duty to help those in need or less fortunate. “I think everybody has to pull in and do their share...If everybody puts in a bit of their time by helping people, that’s it. We’re going to succeed in the long run.” Johnny truly lives by that philosophy and is an exemplary member in his community and that is why he is the month’s CJAD hero.

Congratulations Johnny and thank you for all you do!

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Red Rush 1st Canadian champs at 2014 Hoopville Spring Finale

Congrats to our Red Rush 12-under Basketball program for becoming the 1st Canadian champs at 2014 Hoopville Spring Finale.

"The first-timers continued in the 12-Under, with Red Rush becoming the first Canadian program to win a championship in the tournament. They did it in impressive fashion by knocking off MYCW 47-25 to finish 3-0 on the weekend."
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CJAD Hero of the Month Erene Anthony

Erene Anthony is a native of Antigua who moved to Canada in 1968 at the age of 26. As a young girl Erene always made an effort to give back by contributing at her local church. She started volunteering at the age of 8, where she helped pick orchids on Sunday morning to decorate her church. By the age of 15 she was teaching Sunday school, and by the age of 19 she was the organist for her church and directed the youth and senior choir.

Erene then moved to Canada to pursue her studies as it was very difficult to do so in Antigua without a scholarship. She was accepted to Sir George Williams University where she received a Bachelor's in Sociology & Anthropology. She then pursued her passion for teaching by furthering her studies at McGill and by receiving a Masters degree in education from Concordia University.

Erene has made it her life’s work to shape the minds of the young children she has had contact with and has helped them understand the importance of giving back and volunteering in their community. After her schooling Erene went on to teach throughout Montreal including such schools as: Royal Arthur Elementary, Verdun High School, and Lasalle High School. After having a very successful career as a teacher, Erene became Vice Principal at Westmount High School. She went onto be Principal at three other schools before finishing her career as Vice Principal at Riverdale High School. She now continues to work as a Financial Security & Mutual Funds Representative for Primerica Financial Services.

While Erene is a great example of a local success story, what really sets her apart is that over the years she has always found time to give back. She has continued to volunteer and made it a point to contribute to her community. Much of her volunteer work revolves around the church. She says she loves working with people and that church work has been her life since she was child. It is the kind of work she likes doing and she says it keeps her spiritually grounded. She also volunteers for several organizations that support the African American community such as West Island Black Community Association, Montreal Association of Black Business Persons, and more. Her efforts in these organizations have helped provide scholarships and other educational and professional opportunities to members of the black community in Montreal. Her work has impacted their lives in a truly amazing way and has been an integral part of their success.

It is Erene's selflessness and positive attitude towards volunteer work and giving back that really makes her stand out as a great human being and it is because of that that we are proud to make Erene this month's CJAD Hero.

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2014 Hoopville Spring Finale notes

"Although they didn’t have the success one of their younger teams had, or their senior team that won a pool in an older group, the Red Rush 15-Under team had a nice prospect in Jonathan Noel (Fr. SF, Montreal (Que.) Henri Bourassa HS). He’s long and has a good frame that will fill out as he matures."
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