MONTREAL, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - At the dinner just prior to the
Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on
Saturday, September 27, Mr. Yves Beaudoin, Vice-President, Specialized
Advisory Services at Desjardins Group received the Mary Ann Wickman Award as
part of the MDC's annual recognition program. This award is bestowed upon a
volunteer working for Muscular Dystrophy Canada who, over the past year, made
an outstanding contribution to fundraising, public relations, services or
Following an extensive nationwide nomination process, Mr. Beaudoin was
recognized as the person who, in 2007, made the greatest voluntary
contribution in Canada to raising awareness about neuromuscular disorders and
furthering the charity's cause. Ms. Carole Gagné-Gervais, Executive Director
of MDC's Québec Region feels that this honour is certainly well deserved.
"Despite his very busy schedule, Mr. Beaudoin invested time and energy to
raise funds to help Muscular Dystrophy Canada pursue its mission. He is truly
a man with his heart in the right place who puts a lot of muscle into whatever
he accomplishes," she added.
Mr. Yves Beaudoin has been involved with MDC for over three years. In
2007, he was Honorary President of the Québec Gala and the first "Walk for
Muscular Dystrophy" event, as well as being a member of the organizing
committee of the "Grand Spectacle" show held in aid of muscular dystrophy in
Montréal. He was also responsible for Desjardins' involvement in five Walks
for Muscular Dystrophy throughout the rest of Canada. His dedication and
commitment have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars of additional
funds for MDC to enable it to continue supporting the 50,000 people who are
affected by muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders across
Canada and to finance research into these devastating disorders. There is
currently no effective treatment or cure for muscular dystrophy.
Ms. Gagné-Gervais points out that Mr. Beaudoin is not directly affected
by this disease; he is simply acting of his own generosity and kindness of
spirit. If more people were like him, we might just start to see a light at
the end of the tunnel.
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For further information:
For further information: Carole Gagné-Gervais, Executive Director,
Muscular Dystrophy Canada - Québec Region, (514) 393-3522, 1-800-567-2236 ext.