When Ted Fairhurst attended Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School (EBS) in Montreal West 56 years ago, he walked to school several times a day. Many years later he has taken physical fitness to a new level, having recently climbed Mount Everest and celebrated his 63rd birthday there. He describes this as one of the most memorable experiences of his life.
Mr. Fairhurst is indeed seen as a role model to youngsters and wishes to encourage them to pursue healthy and physically active lifestyles. With this in mind he has accepted the honourary chairmanship of the English Montreal School Board‟s (EMSB) participation in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October, 6, 2010. It will begin at 7:30 a.m., with one walk starting from N.D.G. Park, at the corner of Marcil and Cote St. Antoine, and another beginning at 8:30 a.m. from Confederation Park at the corner of Kensington and Fielding. “We can accomplish extraordinary things if we have a passion for life. There is no limit to what we are able to achieve” Mr. Fairhurst stated, when asked what message he would like to give to our students about staying motivated and pursuing their dreams.
“Just go for it!” he adds.
Participants in the International Walk to School Day are the students and parents from the EMSB‟s EBS, Royal Vale, St. Monica, Willingdon and a private school, Lower Canada College. St. John Bosco in Ville Émard has just signed up. Students who participate will walk to school with their parents or be dropped off at one of the designated starting points. For the complete press release and more information about Mr. Fairhurst‟s incredible accomplishment click here. You can also read Mike Boone‟s column here in The Montreal Gazette.