From left to right: Caroline Langevin, Corporation l'Espoir (SOLIDAIRES NEXTGEN); Pierre G. Cartier, Corporation de l’Étincelle (St-Henri) (SOLIDAIRES LEADERSHIP); Sandra Dampolias, BMO Financial Group (SOLIDAIRES LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN 1,000 PLUS EMPLOYEES); Jean-Louis Moreau, CAE (SOLIDAIRES CAMPAIGN 1 000 PLUS EMPLOYEES); Louis L. Roquet (MICHÈLE THIBODEAU-DEGUIRE AWARD); Geneviève Belhumeur, Centre de femmes du Haut-Richelieu (SOLIDAIRES MOBILIZATION); Linda Rouleau, Cominar (SOLIDAIRES CAMPAIGN 250 TO 999 EMPLOYEES); Lili-Anna Pereša, Centraide of Greater Montreal; Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board, Transcontinental Inc. and Co-Chair, 2016 Centraide Campaign; Nathalie Bernier, PSP Investments and Chair of the Board of Directors, Centraide; Éric Filion, Hydro-Québec (SOLIDAIRES PUBLIC SECTOR); Pat Hardt, Chez Doris, The Women’s Shelter Foundation (COUP DE COEUR CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT); Hélène Silicani, METRO (COUP DE CŒUR SOLIDAIRES OVERALL SUPPORT); Mohamed Maazami, Joujouthèque Saint-Michel (SOLIDAIRES CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT); Pierre Paquet, Miller Thomson (SOLIDAIRES LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN 999 EMPLOYEES OR LESS); Jocelyne Fredette, Citizen Advocacy Haut-Richelieu (SOLIDAIRES EMPOWERMENT); Martin Thibodeau, RBC Royal Bank (SOLIDAIRES APPUI GLOBAL). Absent from photo: Sébastien Côté, Stingray (SOLIDAIRES EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN – FIRST CAMPAIGN).
Centraide of Greater Montreal recognizes the generosity of companies, agencies and volunteers
Yesterday evening, Centraide of Greater Montreal awarded its Solidaires at the Montréal Science Centre. These annual awards recognize the social commitment of businesses and the community action of agencies who fight poverty and social exclusion.
Eight companies were honoured for their exceptional contributions to the success of Centraide’s annual campaign. RBC Royal Bank won the Solidaires Overall Support for best campaign. Solidaires were given to BMO Financial Group, CAE, Cominar, Hydro-Québec, Miller Thomson and Stingray. A Coup de cœur was also awarded to METRO.
Five Solidaires were given to agencies, volunteers and people in the community sector who work to improve the lives of people who are in a situation of poverty or social exclusion.
- Citizen Advocacy Haut-Richelieu (Solidaires Empowerment). This agency helps people with an intellectual impairment get on a path to social and citizen involvement by pairing them with a volunteer.
- Centre de femmes du Haut-Richelieu (Solidaires Mobilization). This women’s centre brought together eight local agencies to create a sustainable and intergenerational collective garden where youth and seniors in need can locally grow low-cost produce.
- Pierre G. Cartier, Executive Director, Corporation de L’Étincelle (Solidaires Leadership). As director for this agency in Saint-Henri for many years, Mr. Cartier has helped underprivileged families, children, seniors or people with disabilities enjoy a camping experience in Lanaudière. Because of his leadership, the camp optimized its reception processes and accessibility policies for vulnerable people while encouraging social and cultural diversity.
- Mohamed Maazami, volunteer at the Joujouthèque Saint-Michel (Solidaires Citizen Involvement). An immigrant who settled in Quebec in 1989, Mr. Maazami knows how to give back to the community for the benefits it provides him. He has been involved with the Joujouthèque Saint-Michel for 18 years. This agency promotes childhood development through games and play and fosters the parent-child relationship to prevent or decrease developmental delays.
- Caroline Langevin, Executive Director, Corporation L’Espoir (Solidaires NextGen). For seven years, Ms. Langevin has led the Corporation L’Espoir to help a growing number of people with disabilities understand the benefits of becoming included and integrated in society. This agency provides tailored services to over 450 families on the Island of Montreal who live with someone who has an intellectual impairment or autism spectrum disorder.
A special mention was also given to Pat Hardt, a retired nurse and psychotherapist who volunteers for Chez Doris, The Women’s Shelter Foundation.
Finally, the Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire Award was given to Louis L. Roquet in honour of his major contributions to advancing the mission of Centraide of Greater Montreal for nearly 15 years, particularly as a member of its Board of Directors.