MONTREAL, Oct. 25, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Quebec chapter, presents National Philanthropy Day, an opportunity to pay tribute to individuals and companies who, through their commitment to the community, play a significant role in making our world a better place. The event will take place next November 16th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Montreal Westin Hotel, 270 St-Antoine west.
On this occasion, Ms. Patricia Saputo, member of the Board of Directors of Saputo Inc. and of the Concordia University Foundation, as well as Ms. Nathalie Le Prohon, Chair of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, will be the invited speakers.
"What makes philanthropy so noble is that no one is obliged to give of him or herself," said Susan Reitz, President of AFP-Quebec. "The recipients of the 2012 awards were all responsible for significantly advancing the causes of the organizations to which they dedicate their time. These days, we are so much busier and we go through life at a frenetic pace. It's very reassuring to know that there are people who take the time to give back to their communities and contribute to changing the world. The 2012 recipients have all my admiration," concluded Ms. Reitz.
The following awards will be given out:
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire
Since 1991, Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire has been at the helm of Centraide of Greater Montreal, as its President and Executive Director. Thanks to her leadership and convictions, she has received numerous honors, including that of being named member of the Order of Canada and Companion of the National Order of Quebec, notwithstanding her four honorary doctorates from leading Canadian universities. Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire has contributed significantly to advancing the cause of philanthropy. AFP-Quebec is proud to award her its greatest tribute, in recognition of her brilliant career.
- Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year: Alvin C. Segal
Alvin C. Segal has been a guiding force for decades due to his exemplary philanthropic contributions. Thanks to his support, the Jewish General Hospital of Montreal was able to erect the comprehensive cancer centre that bears his name, the Segal Cancer Centre. The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts - a location that plays a critical role in the artistic development of Montreal youth and the development of its cultural heritage - also has him to thank for seeing the light of day. Alvin C. Segal continues to support a multiplicity of valuable initiatives and organizations through his own family foundation.
- Volunteer of the Year: Pierre Boivin
"I am honored by this recognition and I accept it as encouragement to continue to pursue my commitment," said Pierre Boivin, who all Quebecers know following his 12-year term as President of the Montreal Canadiens. He is a remarkable philanthropist as well. A team player, builder and respected leader, Pierre Boivin's volunteering has generated tens of millions of dollars for various organizations. "We have to wisely call on the confidence people endow us with to mobilize the leaders in our community to advance the causes that benefit the lives of our collectivity," added the Volunteer of the Year.
- Philanthropic Company of the Year: TELUS
Since 2000, TELUS and its team members have given $260 million and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to numerous charitable organizations. In Quebec, TELUS has donated more than $30 million to charities since 2005. With their philosophy, 'We Give Where We Live', they focus on local community investments and many charities have benefited from the generosity of TELUS team members. In addition to corporate donations, TELUS sensitizes its team members on the importance of charitable giving and volunteering. TELUS plays a priceless role in developing the philanthropic culture in Quebec.
"TELUS and our 5,500 team members in Quebec are deeply honored to be recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Quebec Chapter, for our culture of generosity and sharing," said François Gratton, Senior Vice-President, Business Market, Eastern Canada, TELUS, and Vice-Chair of the TELUS Community Board in Montreal. At TELUS, we believe that in order to do well in business, we must do 'good' in the communities where we live, work and serve. This philosophy is behind every community initiatives and is about our team members sharing our generosity of spirit to help those in need.''
Four other recognitions will be awarded at the event:
- Youth in Philanthropy Award (less than 18 years of age): Collège Régina Assumpta
- Youth in Philanthropy Award (18 - 25 years of age): Sarah Cook
- Sentimental Favourite Award: Karel Velan
- Special Mention in the Volunteer of the Year Category: Alain Drolet
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the largest association of fundraising Professionals in the world. In Quebec the AFP has more than 200 members who hold, for the most part, decision-making positions in charitable organizations.
SOURCE: ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS
For further information:
or to confirm your presence at the event:
Julie-Anne Houdoyer, Manager, AFP-Quebec