MONTREAL, June 2, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Foundation held its first public recognition event Saturday, May 31, in the
Complexe Desjardins's Grande Place. The organization, which has
distributed more university scholarships than any other non-profit
organization in Quebec, used the occasion to announce that Desjardins
Group will contribute more than $3 million to the Foundation in 2014.
This follows a year in which $450,000 was raised by Desjardins
employees, officers and retirees. The new funds will finance more
Foundation scholarships and provide programs to counter school dropout.
Monique F. Leroux, Desjardins Group Chair of the Board, President and
CEO, and Desjardins Foundation's Chair of the Board, was the guest of
honour for the event, called Spread Your Wings.
The inspirational evening assembled more than 600 business leaders from
the Montreal area to celebrate the important roles that youth are
taking in the social, economic, cooperative, artistic and athletic
arenas. The event raised close to $300,000.
"Talent and education are growth factors in our economy, and we should
be making sure kids can follow their dreams. Desjardins Foundation
scholarships are trusted and recognized; they serve as a motivator for
success," said Ms. Leroux. "I commend and thank the business community
for donating tonight. They are coming together in support of youth from
a wide range of backgrounds and various fields of study, letting them
know that they have a role to play in building our future."
There were approximately 20 scholarship winners in attendance and four
former scholarship winners who had volunteered to mentor the young
people at the event. Dominique Anglade (Montréal International), Claude
Mongeau (Canadian National), Henri-Paul Rousseau (Power Corporation)
and Sylvain Vincent (Ernst & Young) spoke about how the Desjardins
Foundation scholarships can make a difference in students' lives.
"I was a Foundation scholarship winner and I remember how proud I felt.
A big company saw something and invested in me. I was more motivated
than ever to succeed and finish my program," said Sylvain Vincent,
managing partner for Eastern Canada at Ernst & Young.
About Desjardins Foundation
Known for distributing more university scholarships than any other
charitable organization in Quebec, Desjardins Foundation supports
research, training, skills acquisition and employability. The
Foundation also develops programs to reduce school dropout rates. Since
its inception, the Foundation has awarded $14 million to more than
10,000 students and young entrepreneurs. More than 700 scholarships and
prizes totalling over $1 million are awarded annually. The Foundation
also recognizes the community involvement and volunteer work of its
officers, employees and members throughout Quebec.
SOURCE: Desjardins Foundation
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