MONTREAL, March 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal will be able to count on two well-known business leaders to co-chair its 2019 campaign: Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec, and Andrew Lutfy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Dynamite and Carbonleo, will head a campaign office composed of some thirty Montreal leaders.
Thanks to its annual campaign, Centraide of Greater Montreal responds to the needs of people facing challenges related to poverty and social exclusion, by supporting a network of 350 grassroots agencies that work in the field.
"I've been involved with Centraide's mission for more than 20 years, including several years as a member of the campaign cabinet. This new responsibility is a great way to further that commitment. Hydro-Québec, our employees, and our retirees are also very involved with Centraide across the province. Through this support, we contribute to the well-being of our communities and to the fight against poverty," says Éric Martel.
"Community involvement is really important to me, and supporting the work that Centraide does is equally important. This organization makes our Montreal community more attractive and welcoming. It gives people opportunity, and allows everyone to be valued for what they can offer society. I take on this new challenge with great pride," adds Andrew Lutfy.
"We cherish being able to rely on two such deeply committed philanthropists and long-time partners. The support of our team of volunteers and donors is essential in this fight against poverty and social exclusion. Everyone deserves a chance. Our annual campaign reminds us that we must never be indifferent to the needs of the most vulnerable people, and we must respond from the heart to help them," said Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
Centraide's 2019 campaign will officially launch on October 2 with the great "March of 1,000 Umbrellas" in downtown Montreal.
Centraide of Greater Montreal operates in the districts of Laval, Montreal Island, and the South Shore. Nearly 57,000 volunteers are involved in the more than 350 agencies it supports, and more than 22,000 volunteers are dedicated to organizing Centraide's annual campaign. Centraide is present in 18 regions throughout Quebec, and receives support from businesses as well as private, public, and parapublic institutions, and large labour organizations. The funds that are raised are invested locally to break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. For more details: centraide-mtl.org.
SOURCE Centraide of Greater Montreal
For further information: Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Advisor, Centraide of Greater Montreal, 514 288-1261, ext. 242, [email protected]