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Our personalities are busy! Here's where they've been and where they're going.

Our personalities are busy! Here's where they've been and where they're going.

CBC Montreal personalities are out and about a lot this month! (

Molly Kohli moderates panel on increasing diversity in tech and media organizations

Molly Kohli, social media editor at CBC Montreal, will moderate the event.

On Feb. 8 at 6 p.m., McGill University is inviting local representatives from the areas of media, technology, gaming and publicity to address concrete actions taken towards making the workplace, as well as media representations, more inclusive. This is in response to a reported lack of data on diversity in the Canadian tech sector.

Molly Kohli, social media editor at CBC Montreal, will moderate the event.

The panel is followed by a Q&A with the public and a small reception.

Free and open to the public.

More info. here.

Doug Gelevan hosts Gala to benefit Spectrum Productions

(Douglas Gelevan)

On Sunday, Nov 19, CBC Sports reporter Doug Gelevan is hosting the 8th annual screening gala to benefit Spectrum Productions - an organization that creates opportunities for youth and young adults on the autism spectrum through video and media production.

The event celebrates the work of over 60 youth on the autism spectrum who participated in Spectrum's summer camp programming. A selection from the 90 short films created will be screened at this family-friendly event along with food, drinks and a silent auction. The event takes place between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre.

Nantali Indongo hosts Quebec Writers Federation Gala

The Bridge airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on CBC Radio One in Quebec. (CBC)

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, The Bridge host Nantali Indongo is hosting the 19th annual QWF writers awards gala at Cabaret Lion d'or. We'll also be announcing the 2018 CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence. 

Sudha Krishnan moderates "Women and Leadership" panel

On Nov. 15, CBC journalist Sudha Krishnan moderated a 'Women and Leadership" panel discussion featuring Concordia alumnae. 

Mike Finnerty moderates Westmount "Meet the candidates" event

Mike Finnerty has a wealth of international and national experience but his passion is reporting on Montreal and what happens in neighbourhoods here every day. (Jean Bernier/CBC)

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, CBC Daybreak's Mike Finnerty was in Westmount for a "meet the candidates" event.

Finnerty hosted the event and chat the three mayoral candidates: incumbent mayor Christina Smith, Editor-in-chief of The Suburban newspaper Beryl Wajsman and city councillor Patrick Martin.

Sarah Leavitt at EMSB Career Fair

CBC Montreal VJ Sarah Leavitt at the EMSB Career Fair. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

More than 2,000 Secondary five students attended the 18th annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 at St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic.

CBC Montreal VJ Sarah Leavitt was among several on air personalities from the media who were on hand to talk to students about careers in this field.

Sue Smith in North Hatley

Homerun's Sue Smith (CBC)

Homerun's Sue Smith was in North Hatley on Saturday to host Townshippers Evening, a community awards gala taking place at the Piggery Theatre. Hosted by Townshippers' Association. the purpose of the event was to honour and celebrate the people strengthening the community.

This special awards evening honoured four Townshippers for their dedication to the region's English-speaking community and awarded bursaries to three future health care professionals with English-language skills. 

There's no crying in softball (well, maybe a little crying)

Team CBC with the Jewish General Hospital Trailmakers.

Hungry for victory after last year's loss, CBC Montreal was back in action at Benny Park in NDG on Tuesday, June 20.

The team played their annual charity softball game against the Jewish General Hospital Memory Clinic.

This was CBC's sixth year participating in what has affectionately been nicknamed the "duel on the diamond" and the team was determined to win.

Despite their best efforts, CBC Montreal lost 10-25 to the Trailmakers. 

$150 was raised for The Jewish General Hospital Memory clinic.

Team CBC Montreal includes:

Douglas Gelevan, sports anchor. 
Antoni Nerestant, reporter.
Jeremy Zafran, traffic reporter, Homerun.
Sara DuBreuil, producer, Daybreak.
Jonathan Monpetit, web journalist.
Ainslie MacLellan, reporter.
Kate McKenna, reporter.
Carrie Haber, producer.
Stephen Smith, web journalist.
Salim Valji, reporter.
Zachary Kamel, researcher.
Dionne Codrington, CBC Books.
Derek Marinos, line-up editor.
Elias Abboud, reporter.
Peter Johnson, producer.
Shawn Apel, host, Radio Noon

Debra Arbec joins CBC Do Crew at Brain Tumour Walk

Debra Arbec joined to CBC Do Crew at the Brain Tumour Walk on June 11. (Julie Melanson/CBC)

On Sunday, June 11, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada hosted its 16th annual Brain Tumour Walk, and the CBC Montreal Do Crew was there! The walk took place at Angrignon Park and was one of over 20 happening across Canada.

CBC Montreal news anchor Debra Arbec emceed the event.

The foundation exceeded its goal of raising $1.25 million nationwide. The funds go towards supporting the research, programs and services that directly impact the 27 Canadians diagnosed with a brain tumour each day.  

Shari Okeke moderates panel discussion

On Saturday, June 3, CBC Daybreak's writer/broadcaster Shari Okeke co-moderated a panel on diversity and self-acceptance at the Natural Hair Congress.Guests included Meryem Saci, Myriam Laabadi, Marième Ndiaye, Sahar Saidi and Brenda Sufer.

CBC Daybreak's writer/broadcaster Shari Okeke co-moderated a panel on diversity and self-acceptance. (CBC Montreal)

Topics discussed include the challenges curly girls face in their communities. The panel also explored the stereotypes and trials for curly girls in the North African-Arabic, White, Black & Jewish community.

Nancy Wood emcees AMCAL Dragonboat Challenge

On Saturday, June 3rd, CBC Late night anchor Nancy Wood was in Lachine emceeing the AMCAL Dragonboat Challenge.

CBC Montreal News at 11 host Nancy Wood emceed the AMCAL Dragonboat Challenge on June 3rd.

AMCAL Family Services promotes healthy family relationships and operates from a strengths-based, solution-focused theoretical orientation. All of AMCAL's programs & services identify clear goals, employ parent-supportive practices and develop strategies to promote positive change and healthier families.

Debra Arbec hosts West Island Community Shares Celebration

CBC Montreal news anchor Debra Arbec at West Island Community Shares' annual "Live Here, Give Here" celebration. (Andrea Stanford/CBC)

On Tuesday, May 30, CBC Montreal news anchor Debra Arbec was in Sainte-Geneviève hosting West Island Community Shares' annual "Live Here, Give Here" celebration.

The organization reached its goal of raising $1.2 million by March 31st.

At the Celebration, funds were distributed to 40 West Island community groups that help thousands of West Islanders.

The event also recognized and thanked everyone who helped to achieve their goal.

Daybreak Live at Crew Café

On Wednesday, May 17, CBC's morning radio show Daybreak was live from Old Montreal to mark the city's 375th anniversary.

Host Mike Finnerty and the Daybreak team were at Crew Collective & Café, a stunning venue located in the former headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada.

Come and say hi to these friendly faces! Members of the Daybreak team at a May live event. (CBC)

Guests for the show included singer Kim Richardson, who stopped in to chat before heading off to perform at Bonne Fête Montréal and Eric Fournier, one of the people behind the lighting of the Jacques Cartier bridge.

Daybreak also welcomed Chief Christine Zachary-Deom, who discussed what Montreal's 375th means to Mohawks, and musician, actor and local radio show host Gage Diabo.

Sabrina Marandola participates in Cook for a Cure

Sabrina Marandola will moderate the event.

On May 9, Sabrina Marandola co-hosted a charity event for the EMSB called Cook for a Cure, where celebrity chefs judged dishes cooked by students. Among the chefs in attendance were Stefano Faita, Sergio Mattoscio​ and Nick De Palma. All money raised went towards the Montreal Neurological Institute for research into Dementia & Alzheimer's disease. 

CBC at Blue Metropolis Festival

5 à 6 host Nantali Indongo chats with authors about what it's like to sit in the translator's seat. (CBC)

Blue Metropolis – Montreal's annual celebration of writers – kicked off its 19th edition on April 24 and CBC was there.

CBC Montreal's Shawn Apel and Nantali Indongo hosted panels with topics such as what it's like to sit in the translator's seat, and about the challenges and ethics of ghoswriting.

Debra Arbec supports Jump Rope for Heart

Debra Arbec hangs out with kids and staff from Royal vale School (Debra Arbec)

On Friday, April 21, CBC Montreal news anchor Debra Arbec dropped by ​Royal Vale School to support their 15th year participating in the Jump Rope for Heart. This event consists of staff and students participating in a skipping challenge and is a non-competitive and dynamic way students may raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

CBC Montreal Celebrates National Film Day

Wednesday, April 19 was National Film Day and CBC Montreal was part of the celebrations! Sonali Karnick, host of All in a Weekend and Our Montreal was at the Phi Centre for a screening of the cult horror film Ginger Snaps.

Karnick moderated a post-film Q&A with award-winning Screenwriter, Karen Walton.

CBC Montreal Hockey Team laces up for a good cause

Smiling through the tears: Here's CBC Montreal's No Stars hockey team at the 2017 Kids' Cup.

On Friday, March 31, The CBC Montreal "No Stars" hockey team took to the ice for a showdown with the teachers from St Lambert Elementary school in their annual Kids Cup Tournament.

This was the 3rd year CBC played in the game and,despite an optimistic start, the No Stars faded in the 2nd and 3rd and ended up losing the game 11 to 5.

The No Stars were back in action the following weekend for the Otis Grant Foundation Media Hockey Marathon. They lost two games out of three, but were victorious in their final match of the night against Riverdale High School.

Sonali Karnick at Kids' Cup Rally

Sonali gave out prizes and organized games for the kids. (Julie Melanson/CBC)

On March 21, All in a Weekend and Our Montreal's Sonali Karnick dropped by St. Lambert Elementary School for their Kid's Cup rally.

This event serves to get the kids geared up for the Kid's Cup, the school's major annual fundraiser, which takes place on March 31. The CBC "No Stars" will be playing the Kids Cup Crusaders is what will surely be a riveting match. 

CBC Montreal at the St. Patrick's Day parade

CBC Montreal's Debra Arbec, Frank Cavallaro, Doug Gelevan and Mike Finnerty at the 2017 parade. (Elise Jacobs/CBC)

Thanks to everyone who came out to the parade! CBC Montreal had a great time!

Click here for Kate McKenna's recap of the event.

Kim's Convenience Meet and Greet a huge success!

CBC Montreal's Sonali Karnick with Kim's Convenience stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon. (Julie Melanson, CBC)

On Monday, March 13, CBC Montreal and the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts presented an exclusive cast talkback and meet and greet with Paul Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon of the play Kim's Convenience. Our own Sonali Karnick hosted the event, which had fans lining up for a chance to meet the actors and to ask questions about the play.

Sabrina Marandola moderates panel for Sunday at the Segal Event

On Sunday, March 12, CBC Journalist Sabrina Marandola moderated a panel for the Segal Centre's "Sunday at the Segal" event.

In keeping with the themes of the centre's current production, Kim's Convenience, Sabrina led a discussion with newcomers who have set down roots in Montreal and - much like the Appa character in the play - grown successful businesses.

The event was well-attended and generated a lively discussion.

Debra Arbec celebrates International Women's Day

Debra and Artistri sud founder Jennifer Lonergan.

On March 8, 2017, Artistri Sud hosted its annual fundraiser, Tales of Triumph, and our own Debra Arbec was there.

Now in it's sixth year, the event celebrates women in the Montreal community who exemplify Artistri Sud's commitment to entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.

Debra participated in a discussion related to the themes of international women's day, women's empowerment, as well as Montreal women entrepreneurs.

The event is a great opportunity to raise support and awareness for women's empowerment and the fight against poverty.

On March 11, Debra also participated in the 9th edition of the John Molson Women in Business Conference. 

She interviewed Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail.

The annual conference brings together over 200 attendees including students, alumni, faculty, business professionals and distinguished speakers.

"Young Quebecers Leading the Way" youth forum

CBC Quebec's Marika Wheeler will emcee the forum. (CBC)

CBC Quebec's Marika Wheeler joined colleague Nick Gamache and a slew of other special guests at the QCGN's "Young Quebecers Leading the Way" annual youth conference.

Marika emceed the forum, which was held in the National Capital region on March 10, 11 and 12, 2017.

Led by the Quebec Community Groups Network, Young Quebecers Leading the Way is a project that engages hundreds of young Quebecers in the celebration of the sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation. The project oversees youth forums where participants aged 15 to 25 offer their views on the significance of youth engagement in shaping the future of their country.

The event's attendees included NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, keynote speaker Désirée McGraw and Youth Secretary to the PM Peter Schiefke.

Full event line-up here

Jonathan Montpetit at Concordia​

On March 14, Jonathan Montpetit will moderate a panel at Concordia University. (Jean Bernier)

On Tuesday, March 14th, CBC Montreal's Jonathan Montpetit moderated a panel entitled "The Changing Landscape of Language in Montreal" at Concordia University.

The free event was part of a series of talks put on by the students of the School of Community and Public Affairs.

The panelists include Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Catherine Leclerc, Ariane Cayer and Jenny Salgado. 

CBC Quebec live from the Laurentians

Quebec AM's Susan Campbell interviews a guest at "Les Mots Tremblant" bookstore in the Laurentians. (CBC Quebec)

On Thursday Feb. 23, Quebec AM and Breakaway were broadcasting live from Les Mots Tremblant bookstore and café.

Both shows explored different aspects of life in Tremblant and what is happening in the community. 

Nantali Indongo participates in Canadian Citizenship events

(Andrea Stanford)

On Feb. 22, 2017, Cinq à Six host Nantali Indongo attended events related to a Canadian Citizenship ceremony at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds. The ceremony was a collaborative effort between the ICC (Institute for Canadian Citizenship), Riverdale High School and Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in honour of Black History Month. 

Sean Henry at John Abbott College​

CBC Montreal weekend news anchor Sean Henry. (Sean Henry)

On Thursday, February 9th, weekend anchor Sean Henry was at John Abbott College to give a talk about Writing News and Features for Broadcast Media for Tracey McKee's class.

First Voices week at Concordia: A Conversation with Ellen Katsitsakwas Gabriel

CBC Montreal's Sabrina Marandola with kids from General Vanier Elementary School in St. Léonard. (Sabrina Marandola)

On Wednesday, February 1st, CBC News Anchor & Journalist Nancy Wood lead an in-depth interview with Ellen Katsitsakwas Gabriel. The event was part of "First Voices Week" a week of academic, cultural and social events designed to increase the visibility and enhance the awareness of Indigenous issues on campus and in the city.

Ellen Katsi'tsakwas Gabriel is a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) activist and artist from Kanehsatà:ke Nation - Turtle Clan. She is well known for her long-standing defense of Indigenous human rights and the protection of the environment. 

CBC Montreal helps pick up S.T.E.A.M.

On Friday, Jan. 27, CBC Montreal's Sabrina Marandola joined weather forecasters from across Montreal at General Vanier Elementary School in St. Léonard at a press conference announcing the expansion of the S.T.E.A.M. project.

S.T.E.A.M., which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, is a new approach to teaching used by the EMSB. The method aims to make what students learn in class more concrete by showing real life applications.

For the 2016-17 academic year, two elementary schools - General Vanier in St. Léonard and Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Rosemount - have been successfully piloting the program. EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini has announced that at least a dozen schools want to bring S.T.E.A.M. into their buildings as early as next year.

On hand to help the EMSB announce their plans to expand the successful pilot project were a number of people who use science and arts together in every day life. In addition to Marandola, former astronaut and present-day Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau was present, along with weather forecasters from CTV, Global TV, CJAD, Meteomedia and Breakfast TV.