Meet the Winner of the 2020 Iris Unger Recognition Award 2020-11-10

The Iris Unger Recognition Award recognizes artists and entrepreneurs whose project best reflects the values that Iris Unger, YES’ former Executive Director, instilled during her 18 years at YES: dedication and passion, success through hard work, and a true commitment to making a difference in the community.









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Lionel Blanshay
Rob Braide
Bill Brownstein
Scott Conrod
Charles B. Crawford
Peter R. Johnson
Guy Laframboise
Timothy Leyne Peter McAuslan
Andy Nulman
Philip O'Brien
Herschel Segal
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Past President, YES John Aylen John Aylen Communications President, YES 

Doris Juergens NATIONAL Public Relations Vice-President, YES 

Elisabeth Laett Xaphan Group Treasurer, YES 

Gavin Correa, CPA, CA, CFP LCA CPA LLP Secretary, YES 

Larry Markowitz NATIONAL Public Relations 

Josef Azam DesignShopp.com

Samantha Bateman Integria Consulting

Nogol Madani Glee Factor 

Pino Di Ioia BeaverTails Pastry/Moozoo Juices Gelateria

Cindy Fagen SAP Labs Canada Inc. 

Hilary Radley Hilary Radley 
Designs Inc. 

Geoff Wagner 

Cherine Zananiri Talent and Career Strategist

Aki (P) Tchitacov
Executive Director 







 

 

 


 
                                                  
  
  
 
               
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 

MEET THE WINNER OF THE 2020 IRIS UNGER RECOGNITION AWARD 
Award recognizing positive community impact given to local entrepreneur 




Montreal, QC. Tuesday, November 10, 2020: The Iris Unger Recognition Award recognizes artists and entrepreneurs whose project best reflects the values that Iris Unger, YES’ former Executive Director, instilled during her 18 years at YES: dedication and passion, success through hard work, and a true commitment to making a difference in the community.  

Christopher Ma clearly reflects all of these values, founding the School of Music Montreal six years ago with a mission to provide free musical education in a safe and supporting environment to children at risk. Christopher saw the benefits a program like this can bring through his own participation in the Sarah McLachlan School of Music’s programs in his youth. “The program isn’t about finding music virtuosos – it’s about fostering bonds between kids and mentors in a safe space, through music,” Ma states.  

 
Christopher Ma, seen at front right, with teachers and students from the School of Music Montreal 

This is something that rings true to the award’s namesake herself. “How wonderful to be able to pay it forward to an organization that not only is looking at the musical side but also, in a greater context, at mentorship and using the arts in a broader sense,” says Iris Unger. 

Currently in the application process for charity status, Christopher is working with a YES Business Coach to help move his organization from grassroots to growth. The SOMM is actively working to expand and partner with more schools, while also collecting a stockpile of instruments that can be loaned out to students for use.  

 To find out more about the School of Music Montreal, visit www.sommontreal.com.  

About YES Employment + Entrepreneurship: 

As a not-for-profit organization, YES enriches the community by providing English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment, and start and grow businesses. 

We help people start successful careers – for themselves, and for our community. www.yesmontreal.ca 

 
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For further information, media representatives may contact: 
 
Kathy Slotsve
Director of Communications &
Stakeholder Engagement
514-878-9788 ext. 337
kslotsve@yesmontreal.ca   

 
Aki Tchitacov 
Executive Director 
514-878-9788 ext. 301 
atchitacov@yesmontreal.ca