One thing that never changes over the years is generosity
MONTREAL, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Donating is uplifting, and
hundreds of thousands of people gave this year so that hundreds of
thousands of others will never lose hope. Centraide of Greater Montreal
raised over $58 million during its 2012 campaign. These funds will be
used to support some 370 agencies that help people in need to be all
that they can be. The campaign result was announced this morning at
UQAM's Cœur des sciences in the presence of many donors, volunteers and
representatives of Centraide-supported agencies.
"Our invaluable donors and volunteers took part in this vast movement of
caring and solidarity all year long. I want to thank them for the
spirit, passion and energy they brought to the campaign," said Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank and Co-Chair of
Centraide's 2012 campaign.
"This campaign was intense up to the very last minute. But thanks to the
determination and generosity of our donors, Centraide will be able to
transform the daily lives of disadvantaged people in neighbourhoods
hard hit by poverty," added Lino A. Saputo, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Saputo and
Co-Chair of Centraide's 2012 campaign.
The funds raised will help the agencies to meet the most pressing needs,
while promoting community development and individual empowerment. They
will be invested in innovative projects to fight poverty and exclusion,
according to the needs of the neighbourhoods. Thanks to this money, the
agencies in Centraide's network will offer services to improve living
conditions for families, encourage young dropouts to return to school,
ensure the development of young children, prevent delinquency among
youth, facilitate the welcoming of newcomers and break the isolation of
"I'm so pleased for us all when I hear that Centraide is a bringer of
hope and good news," concluded Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal,
James C. Cherry, took the occasion to express his gratitude to Michèle
Thibodeau-DeGuire, who will be retiring on December 31, 2012 after 21
years at the helm of the organization. Mrs. Thibodeau-DeGuire will be
replaced by Lili-Anna Pereša, who will assume the position of President and Executive Director of
Centraide of Greater Montreal in January 2013.
Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by
a board of directors that is representative of the community. It serves
Laval, the Island of Montreal and communities on the South Shore. More
than 160,000 people contribute financially to the campaign, which is
supported by some 2,000 companies, institutions, and public and
parapublic organizations as well as by large trade unions. Centraide of
Greater Montreal supports community agencies and projects that help
half a million people. There are 18 autonomous Centraides in Quebec,
each managed by an independent board of directors that is
representative of the community it serves.
SOURCE: CENTRAIDE OF GREATER MONTREAL
For further information:
Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel.: 514 288-1261, Ext. 242