Assante Wealth Management and Les Editions du Phoenix showcase award-winning Canadian authors at fundraising event in support of literacy

    MONTREAL, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Assante Wealth Management, in collaboration
with publishing house Les Editions du Phoenix and several of its award-winning
authors, are supporting literacy in Montreal through a public fundraising
evening on Friday, November 30. Assante Wealth Management is a sponsor of
CanWest Raise-a-Reader - a unique program designed to increase awareness, and
raise money for family literacy programs across Canada.
    The special event for children age 7 to 12 and their parents will be held
at the Assante Capital Management Ltd. branch on 8301 Transcanadienne in St.
Laurent. It starts at 5 p.m. and runs to 7 p.m. A portion of proceeds from all
book sales at the event will benefit local literacy programs supported by
    "The ability to read is fundamental to a child's confidence and a key to
success throughout life," said Johanne Brissette, Senior Investment Advisor.
"For that reason, all of us at the Assante Capital Management branch in St.
Laurent are thrilled to work together with Les Editions du Phoenix to
encourage literacy for young people in a fun event that will excite their
    Special guests at the evening will include Les Editions du Phoenix's
authors, including Pauline Gill, Isabelle Larouche and Claire Mallett. Pauline
Gill has received numerous awards for her work, including the Prix
Philippe-Aubert-de-Gaspé, and the Prix du Mérite patrimonial Fleur bleue. She
will talk about her passion for writing and sense of wonderment, as she
invites all to meet the characters of her novel, Le miracle de Juliet.
    Isabelle Larouche writes for readers of all ages, offering stories that
make them laugh, shiver or dream. Her novel, Shawinigan et Shipshaw, has
received wide critical acclaim. At the event, she will introduce Opération
pièges à chats! - the sequel to Shawinigan et Shipshaw.
    Claire Mallett grew up in Provence, in the South of France and moved to
Quebec's Eastern Townships in 1995. Writing since the age of nine, she tours
schools in Quebec and in France, reminding children about the importance of
reading and encouraging them to realize their dreams.
    Les Editions du Phoenix promotes literacy through learning kits it has
developed for teachers, librarians and children. The book guides in each kit
are unique, helping children gain a better understanding of the book, improve
their French grammar and spelling and inspire a taste for discovery and
learning. The guides can be downloaded free of charge from the company's
website at
    Assante, as a financial services firm, believes very strongly in the
importance of literacy and the role it plays in helping create wealth and
prosperity for Canadian families. As active supporters of Raise-a-Reader since
2004, Assante, its advisors and staff members have helped raise more than
$600,000 for the program.

    Assante Wealth Management is one of the largest Canadian professional
services firms in wealth management, supporting 1,000 advisors who oversee
$27 billion in assets for 300,000 clients and their families nationwide. A
leader in creating wealth and prosperity, Assante provides its clients with a
comprehensive approach to planning that incorporates all aspects of their
financial lives - risk management, estate planning, tax planning, as well as
investment management. Assante is a subsidiary of CI Financial Income Fund
(TSX: CIX.UN), a leading investment company with approximately $97.0 billion
in fee-earning assets as of October 31, 2007.

    Les Editions du Phoenix is a young and dynamic publishing house located
on Montreal's West Island, offering a diversified range of literary products
aimed at helping children discover and sustain their desire to read - and
bringing more experienced readers to a next level with its high-quality books.
Les Editions du Phoenix distributes its books throughout Québec and Canada, as
well as in France, Switzerland and Belgium.

For further information:

For further information: please contact Johanne Brissette at the Assante
branch in St. Laurent by phoning (514) 832-5100, or by e-mail at

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