By Robert Frank
Laval’s city councillors met members of Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board (SWLSB) on the softball diamond, Aug. 25, to encourage young people to stay in school and complete their high school studies.
SWLSB trounced the elected officials 16-6 in the friendly match at Marcel Maheu Park. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Aug. 13, but had to be postponed due to torrential rain that evening.
Oziano Migliozzi led off the first inning with an inside-the-park home run.
His father, SWLSB Commissioner Emilio Migliozzi assisted the 13-year-old baseball fanatic, who suffers from Williams Syndrome and sickle cell beta thalassemia—a painful disease that can require hospitalization and surgery.
“It was so important to him. He’s still talking about it,” his father told The Suburban afterward. “He loves baseball and goes to see the Blue Jays play two to three times a year.”
“We chose SWLSB because it has a very good school for special needs,” he added. “He was able to attend, because special needs children are exempt from the language restrictions of Bill 101. Many French parents send their special needs children to SWLSB, though I’m unsure whether they know that the exemption permits them to send the special needs child’s siblings to English school as well.”
City councillors also met SWLSB’s French counterpart, the Conseil scolaire de Laval (CDSL), in a separate match, Aug. 20.
The fun-filled outing produced a similarly lopsided score at the conclusion of the lighthearted match: 20-9 in favour of CSDL.
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