A Gaz Métro initiative gifting culture to kids at Montreal's children's
hospitals and schools in disadvantaged areas
MONTREAL, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Tournée des Contes de Noël
bleus is stopping in at the CHU Sainte-Justine today to present an
amusing Christmas show for children staying at the hospital. Gaz
Métro's tour features approximately ten shows put on at the Montreal
Children's Hospital, the CHU Sainte-Justine, and four primary schools
in the Centre-Sud district. The goal of the initiative is to provide
enjoyable entertainment to children in need of some fun, and at the
same time promote reading and Quebec literature.
This project was first launched in 1997 when Sophie Brochu, now
President and chief officer of Gaz Métro, and comedian Michèle Sirois
wanted to provide a Christmas activity to kids in the Centre-Sud area.
In the last two years, the tour has also extended to children in some
Montreal pediatric hospitals.
This year, two Christmas stories taken from Quebec's repertoire of
children's literature were selected and staged by Marie-Chantal Renaud
of Productions Vendredi 16. "Le cadeau oublié" by Angèle Delaunois
(Bayard Canada) and "Le sapin ma…a…gique" by Andrée-Anne Gratton
(Éditions Pierre Tisseyre) will come to life thanks to comedians
Michèle Sirois, Marie-Chantal Renaud, Guillaume Paquet and Normand
The gift of culture
"As part of our Community Investment Policy, we encourage projects that
promote cultural development among children, just as we do student
retention," said Stéphanie Trudeau, Vice-President, Strategy,
Communication and Sustainability, at the utility. The Productions
Vendredi 16 initiative reflects this goal by offering a Christmas
activity that fosters an interest in reading.
For a second consecutive year, children's books made available through
donations from some 30 partners (publishing houses, authors,
distributors, libraries) will also be handed out to teachers at the
school shows with a view to enabling children to read on their own
throughout the year.
Gaz Métro's community involvement
Every year, Gaz Métro donates approximately 1% of its net earnings to
support non-profit organizations. To learn about Gaz Métro's social
commitment and its Community Investment Policy, visit www.gazmetro.com/donations.
Overview of Gaz Métro
With more than $5 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy
provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec,
where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves 300
municipalities and more than 190,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also
present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity
and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 305,000 customers. Gaz
Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative, promising
energy projects such as the production of wind power, the use of
natural gas as a transportation fuel and the development of biomethane.
Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player who takes the lead in
responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities,
local organizations, and communities while also satisfying the
expectations of its Partners (GMi and Valener) and employees. www.gazmetro.com
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