MONTREAL, April 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday evening, Centraide of Greater Montreal acknowledged the work and commitment of companies and agencies to help those most vulnerable in our communities by handing out its Solidaires. These awards of recognition were bestowed during the Distinctions ceremony held at the Montréal Science Centre.
Eight Solidaires were awarded to companies, organizations and unions that stood out during Centraide's latest fundraising campaign. Five Solidaires were also given to agencies or to their staff and volunteers who promote inspiring community-based practices and values.
The Solidaires for the best Centraide campaigns were awarded to the following organizations:
- Rolls-Royce Canada (Solidaires Overall Support)
- Bombardier (Solidaires Employee Campaign - 1,000 plus employees)
- Xerox Canada (Solidaires Employee Campaign - 250 to 999 employees)
- CRIM (Solidaires Employee Campaign - 249 employees or less)
- École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) (Solidaires Employee Campaign - Public Sector)
- Rolls-Royce Canada (Solidaires Leadership Campaign - 1,000 plus employees)
- Domtar (Solidaires Leadership Campaign - 999 employees or less)
- Local 522, Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada (C.E.P.) - CAE (Solidaires Trade Union Support)
In addition to the Solidaires, "Coup de Coeur" awards were given to the following organizations: TD Bank Group; BMO Financial Group; Industrial Alliance, Insurance and Financial Services; Investors Group; Société de transport de Montréal (STM); and Local 712, I.A.M.A.W., and Local 62, CAW Québec - Bombardier Aerospace.
The winners of Solidaires to Community Agencies are:
- Third Avenue Resource Centre, Parents in Action for Education Program (Solidaires Empowerment), a program that helps parents from immigrant backgrounds develop skills to become involved in their neighbourhood and their children's school.
- Richard Held, a volunteer since 1989 at WIAIH: Serving people with intellectual handicaps or autism (Solidaires Citizen Involvement), an agency that helps families facing particular challenges in the West Island.
- Patrice Machabée, Executive Director of the Association lavalloise de parents et amis pour le bien-être mental (ALPABEM) (Solidaires Leadership), a visionary who has capitalized on his strengths to make ALPABEM one of Quebec's main stakeholders in mental health.
- Comité d'actions nord-ouest (Solidaires Mobilization), which works to ease tensions that undermine daily life in a ghettoized area of Saint-Michel.
- Benoit Langevin, Executive Director of Action jeunesse de l'Ouest-de-l'Île (AJOI) (Solidaires NextGen), a young social entrepreneur who shows leadership day in and day out to draw attention to the needs of vulnerable youth in the West Island.
Finally, the Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire Award, named after the woman who shaped the fate of Centraide of Greater Montreal for over twenty years, was handed out for the first time. This year's recipient was Jacques Régis, who has been involved for over 16 years on volunteer committees, including the Board of Directors, which he chaired from 2004 to 2005.
Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a Board of Directors that is representative of the community. It serves the Island of Montreal, Laval and a part of the South Shore. Centraide supports 370 community agencies and projects that help half a million vulnerable people. Over 80,000 volunteers are involved with Centraide, including 23,000 who organize its annual campaign. Centraide is supported by nearly 2,000 private companies and institutions, public and parapublic organizations, and large trade unions.
SOURCE: CENTRAIDE OF GREATER MONTREAL
For further information:
Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator
514-288-1261, extension 242, email@example.com
Note: Please visit www.centraide-mtl.org for more information on the winners (agencies and companies) and the jury members. Videos of the winners are also posted on Centraide's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/CentraideMtl.