MASC Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Eagle-Sponsored Young Authors’ & Illustrators’ Conference

Local Staffing Company Marks 15 Years Sponsoring Educational Event

Ottawa, ON, April 14, 2016 – Eagle Professional Resources Inc. (Eagle), Canada’s premier professional staffing company, is excited to once again partner with MASC to host the annual Young Authors’ & Illustrators’ Conference. The 2016 conference, which begins Tuesday and continues through Thursday, brings hundreds of students from the region together with some of Canada’s most talented authors and illustrators. This year also marks significant milestones for both MASC and Eagle. This is the 25th anniversary for MASC’s Young Authors’ and Illustrators’ Conference and it is also Eagle’s 15th consecutive year as the presenting sponsor.

Since 1991, the Young Authors’ & Illustrators’ Conference has inspired tens of thousands of artistic kids in the Ottawa region, and this week’s showcase will be no exception. Authors Kate Jaimet, Karen Krossing, Jessica Scott Kerrin, Alan Silberberg and Joel Sutherland are scheduled to run writing workshops, while illustration seminars will be led by Marie-Louise Gay, Patricia Storms, and Kevin Sylvester. All of these professionals will have interactive classes with small groups of students who had the opportunity to pre-select their workshop leaders weeks ago.

Every year excited conference participants leave the event raving about the positive learning experience. “I love learning new things about drawing and writing that help me in my endeavours,” said a grade 8 student last year after attending for the fourth time. “I would not learn these things otherwise.” Other students end their day filled with inspiration, as demonstrated by this student who exclaimed “My day here has encouraged me to continue chasing my dream of writing and publishing a book!”

“MASC has been fueling the dreams of young people, through this conference, for 25 years. This important event has helped make a difference in the lives of probably 10,000 young people in that time, igniting passion, sparking creativity and bringing pure joy. Just spend a day here and you will understand,” said Eagle’s CEO, Kevin Dee.  “We are proud, and humbled, to be a part of that.”

“It is our great pleasure to partner with Eagle Professional Resources, especially as we celebrate important milestones in our work together this year,” said Audry Churgin, MASC’s Executive Director. “Year after year we’ve seen such wonderful results. As testament to the durable success of the Conference, we are meeting young people who attended years ago, that have grown up to become teachers now sending their own students, so they may also share this thrilling experience in learning!”

The 2016 Young Authors’ & Illustrators’ Conference officially kicks off Tuesday, April 19th, at
9 am at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Each day, a new group of students will have an opportunity to attend two different sessions through the day. For more information and bios on each author and illustrator, visit

About MASC

MASC, a registered charitable organization, delivers multicultural art programs in English and in French throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Through its activities with more than 65 professional artists and subsidies to underfunded schools, last year MASC reached over 100,000 students in 300 schools from 19 school boards. For more information, visit our website at

More information on the Young Authors and Illustrators Conference, including how to volunteer for next year’s conference, can be found at

About Eagle

Founded in 1996, Eagle is one Canada’s largest and most successful professional staffing companies. A Canadian-owned company with ten (10) offices from coast-to-coast, Eagle specializes in sourcing technology, finance and accounting, and management consulting professionals for contract and full-time positions. Eagle was recently named as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada, was one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2012, is a platinum member of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies (every year since 1999) and was Ottawa’s Mid-Market Company of the Year (2011). The company has been ISO 9001 certified since June 2006, is a very active advocate within the Canadian staffing industry association (ACSESS & NACCB) and supports many charities. To learn more about Eagle and its network of offices, please visit or call toll-free 1-866-78-NESST(63778). Check out Eagle’s blog at, Talent Development Centre at, and follow us on twitter @eagleStaffing.

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Time: 9:15 am to 9:45 am and 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Dates: April 19-21, 2016
Location: The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum 11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa, ON

MASC Media Contact 
Audrey Churgin
Executive Director, MASC
Phone: (613) 725-9119

Eagle Media Contact
Dan Gasser
Marketing Specialist
Phone: (613) 234-1810, ext. 3247
Toll Free: 1-888-798-8181, ext. 3247