MONTREAL, July 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group has announced that it will be donating another $50,000
to the Red Cross to assist residents of Lac-Mégantic who are severely
affected by the train derailment that laid waste to downtown
Lac-Mégantic. With the $50,000 it already pledged yesterday, Desjardins
has now donated a total of $100,000.
In addition, as of Monday, Desjardins will be collecting funds for the
Red Cross via its Quebec and Ontario caisse network.
"Desjardins wants to do even more for the Lac-Mégantic community. The
extent of this disaster is such that there is a strong, urgent call for
solidarity. We are putting our entire caisse network at the service of
the population so that everyone has the opportunity to show their
support for the people in Lac-Mégantic," said Monique F. Leroux, Chair
of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, in an emotional
Yesterday Desjardins teams quickly mobilized to assist the victims and
help them through this ordeal. Claims experts from Desjardins
Insurance—life and home and car—are already on site to guide and
support the insureds in their claims procedures. The Desjardins Aid
Fund, which aims at helping individuals and communities affected by
disasters, will also be used to contribute to Desjardins's relief
In the same vein, Desjardins will be collaborating with the CLSC (Local
Community Services Centre) in the area to offer psychological support
to those who need it. A dedicated telephone line will also be open 24
hours a day starting on Monday at 8:00 a.m., at 514-871-3231 or
Over the next few days and weeks, Desjardins Group will be providing its
individual and business members who have been affected with
personalized assistance, based on their respective needs.
Neighbouring caisses are assessing the situation every hour and measures
will be taken in the event of continuing power outage which would cause
them to remain closed on Monday. However, a number of Desjardins
service outlets and ATMs located outside the affected zone are fully
operational. For additional information, Desjardins members can call
1-800-CAISSES (1-800-224-7737) at any time.
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets over
$200 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Québec
and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full range
of financial products and services to its members and clients.
Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and Health
Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in Personal Services, in
Business and Institutional Services. Best Corporate Citizen in Canada for 2012 and among Canada's Top 100 Employers, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 44,942 employees and the
commitment of 5,268 elected officers. Desjardins members and the
general public are invited to visit Desjardins Group's education and
cooperation program website at www.desjardins.com/co-opme.
SOURCE: Desjardins Group
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