Desjardins celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dorimène Desjardins



    She is Desjardins Group's co-founder

    LEVIS, QC, Sept. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - 150 years ago, Dorimène Desjardins was
born (1858-1932). On September 17, 2008, the entire Desjardins Group will
honour the memory of this lady who was not only the wife of Alphonse
Desjardins, founder of Desjardins Group, but also his most loyal collaborator.
    A woman with a strong social commitment, gifted in management and
accounting, Dorimène Desjardins rapidly got involved in the daily activities
of the Caisse populaire de Lévis, which was founded on December 6, 1900. It
was largely thanks to her efforts that this savings and loan cooperative was
able to flourish despite the extensive absences of Alphonse Desjardins, who
was obliged to spend six months per year in Ottawa to perform his duties as
stenographer at the Chamber of Commons.
    Thanks to her experience and her ongoing interest in the caisses,
Dorimène Desjardins wielded a great deal of influence with the administrators
of Desjardins Group after her husband's death; from time to time they sought
her advice about important decisions. Her contribution was so significant that
she is now considered co-founder of Desjardins Group.
    On the day she died, June 14, 1932, a Québec City newspaper wrote that
"all French Canada mourned the loss of this woman who was unarguably one of
the most knowledgeable women about economic issues considered from a social
standpoint," adding that "without Dorimène, the Desjardins caisses would
probably not exist."
    A pioneer if ever there was one, Dorimène Desjardins was a role model for
other women. Many of them followed her example by taking on the management of
the caisses. Quite an accomplishment, at a time when the business world was
restricted exclusively to men.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of nearly $152 billion, as at June 30, 2008. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its
40,000 employees and the commitment of more than 6,500 elected officers,
Desjardins offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients
a full range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution
network is complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out
more, consult www.desjardins.com.




For further information:

For further information: Source (for journalists only): Caroline
Phémius, Advisor, Information and Media Relations, (514) 281-7646, 1 866
866-7000, ext. 7646, caroline.phemius@desjardins.com


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