Lili-Anna Pereša to receive rank of the Ordre national du Québec

Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal, will be awarded the rank of Knight of the Ordre national du Québec on June 22.

This highest honour bestowed by the Quebec government will be given by Premier Philippe Couillard during a ceremony in the Legislative Council Room at the Parliament Buildings in Quebec City.

Ms. Pereša has made a mark through her social, community and humanitarian achievements. Although she trained as an engineer, she decided to take another direction in her career to contribute to collective well-being by leading agencies that help and support underprivileged or vulnerable populations both in Quebec and around the world. She has served as the Executive Director of the Little Brothers, the Women's Y of Montreal, Amnesty International France, and One Drop. Since 2013, she has served as President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal, where she has diversified our philanthropic action from the standpoint of social development, particularly through the Collective Impact Project (CIP), a fund for refugees, and the Inclusion Fund, which aims to educate young people about being open to difference.

Ms. Pereša’s involvement in humanitarian aid has earned her many honours, including the Meritorious Service Award from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal in recognition of her community service, and the Mercure Leadership Germaine-Gibara award in the SME category from the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.