Centraide celebrates the mobilization of the business community for the cause of the neediest

MONTREAL, April 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The employees and executives of eight corporations and organizations were at the heart of the festivities at Marché Bonsecours last night as their efforts to support the community were rewarded. Bombardier, CAE, Reader's Digest, Thales Canada Aerospace, Xerox Canada, Ultramar and the two unions of Bombardier Aerospace (local 712, IAMAW and local 62, CAW Québec) were honoured with Solidaires awards from Centraide of Greater Montreal for the excellence of their fundraising campaigns to fight poverty.

CAE was awarded the Solidaires for Overall Support for best Centraide campaign. The Solidaires for Employee Campaigns went to Bombardier, Ultramar and Reader's Digest. The Solidaires for First Employee Campaign was granted to Thales Canada Aerospace. The Solidaires for Leadership Campaigns (donations of $1,000 or more) were presented to CAE and Xerox Canada. And the members of local 712, IAMAW, and local 62, CAW Québec, two unions of Bombardier Aerospace, earned the Solidaires for Trade Union Support.

In addition to the Solidaires, a "Coup de Coeur" prize was awarded to Ernst & Young in recognition of the excellence of its Leadership Campaign.

Centraide also celebrated the contribution of the community sector to improving the quality of life for the neediest. The Good Food Box program, an innovative metropolitan fresh fruit and vegetable buying club that supports people suffering from food insecurity, received the Agnes C. Higgins Award. This project is overseen by Moisson Montréal in partnership with the Centre de bénévolat de Laval, the NDG Food Depot, La Rencontre Châteauguoise and Complexe Le Partage in La Prairie. The Executive Director of Cloverdale Multi-Ressources, Veronica Lopez, received the Gilles Cousineau Award for her work with immigrant families in Pierrefonds, Roxboro and Dollard-des-Ormeaux, which are home to one-third of the low-income families on the West Island.

Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a board of directors which is representative of the community. It serves the Island of Montreal, Laval and communities on the South Shore, supporting 360 community agencies and projects that help half a million vulnerable people. Centraide relies on over 73,000 volunteers, 23,000 of whom work on its annual campaign. It is supported by some 2,100 businesses and corporations, institutions, and public and parapublic organizations as well as large trade unions.


For further information:

Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator
514 288-1261, ext. 242, gagnona@centraide-mtl.org

N.B.: For more information on the prizewinners (community agencies and corporations) and for the jury membership lists, please visit the "What's new" section on the home page of our website at www.centraide-mtl.org.

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