November 15, 2011 - National Philanthropy Day - A celebration of the work by exceptional philanthropists

MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Each year, on November 15th, a luncheon is hosted by the Quebec Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), recognizing great contributions in the domain of philanthropy, especially by those active in the actual community. This year marks no exception, as the luncheon celebrates the work of key contributors and also features addresses from two prominent philanthropists: Mrs. Joey Adler, President of Diesel Canada and Founder of ONEXONE, and Mr. Charles Sirois, President of Telesystem and Founder of Enablis.

2011 Recipients
In addition to the speaker presentations, recognition awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Awarded to Mrs. Judy Martin, Board President of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, where youth and staff simply call her 'Judy,' volunteering and philanthropy were always natural for her inspired by values inherited from her mother. A boundless sense of energy and commitment, Judy inspires and mobilizes public and private sectors in supporting her vision of helping youth facing difficulty. A "hands on" President, she wears many hats - always keeping her finger on pulse of the organization while observing the direct impact on individuals who benefit from her fundraising, volunteer and leadership efforts.
  • Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award: The award this year will be presented to Mr. Pierre Lassonde, a living legend in philanthropy. Previously recognized for his contribution towards the extension project of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Mr. Lassonde recently arranged $10-million of funding towards the building of a new pavilion. The new extension will be named the "Pierre Lassonde Pavilion" as a further recognition of the sustained and exemplary contribution this patron has made to the museum.
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards: Names of recipients are announced at the luncheon and then published on http://afpquebec.afpnet.org.
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Awards (5-21 years of age): Names of recipients are announced at the luncheon and then published on http://afpquebec.afpnet.org.

According to Susan Reitz, President of the Quebec Chapter of the AFP, philanthropy and philanthropists are playing an ever-increasing role in our society. "With the development of new media, philanthropy has become more and more creative in its approach," she mentions. "We have had to find new ways to reach people, all in a variety of locations, and simultaneously. Professional fundraisers have had to adapt to this changing space and deserve to be recognized for their hard work, contribution to their various communities, and their efforts which expand  cultural assets," Reitz concludes.

About the AFP

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents nearly 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy. The association fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. In Canada, the association represents more than 2,700 members.

The Quebec Chapter of the AFP was founded in 1998 and includes nearly 200 members. For more information about the Association, its mission and services, please visit http://afpquebec.afpnet.org.


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