Centraide honours its donor corporations, partner agencies and volunteers for their contributions to helping the needy

    MONTREAL, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal held its
annual recognition event, Distinctions, this evening at Bonsecours Market to
salute its donor corporations, partner agencies and volunteers for their
commitment to helping the less fortunate members of our community.
Corporations were honoured for the creativity, innovation and excellence of
their contributions to Centraide's 2006 campaign, and community agencies for
their outstanding achievements in meeting social needs.
    The Volunteer Bureau of Montreal and Pro-gam, Center for intervention and
research in conjugal and family violence, were joint winners of the community
agency prize (Agnes C. Higgins Award). The community agency employee prize
(Gilles Cousineau Award) was presented to Lorraine Decelles, Coordinator of La
Maison d'Aurore. Robert Proulx, of the Centre d'action bénévole de
Saint-Hubert, earned the volunteer prize (Antoinette Robidoux Award). And a
new prize designed to recognize outstanding social commitment on the part of
young people, the young volunteer prize (Antoinette Robidoux Award - Young
Volunteer Category), was awarded for the first time to Catherine Shvets of
PROMIS (Promotion, Intégration, Société nouvelle). The Jury for the agency
awards was chaired by Chantal Aznavourian, Administrative Assistant with the
Chantier de l'économie sociale Trust.
    Eight corporations and organizations received Solidaires in recognition
of their outstanding involvement, and the great generosity of their employees,
during Centraide's 2006 fundraising campaign. The Solidaires for Overall
Support was awarded to the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The
Solidaires for Employee Campaigns went to National Bank of Canada (1,000 plus
employees), Petro-Canada (250 to 999 employees) and CRIM (249 employees or
less). The Solidaires for First Employee Campaign was granted to Miranda
Technologies. The Solidaires for Leadership Giving Campaigns (donations of
$1,000 or more) were presented to CAE (1,000 plus employees) and Ultramar
(999 employees or less). And the members of Local 510, CAW Quebec, Pratt &
Whitney Canada, earned the Solidaires for Trade Union Support. The Jury for
the Solidaires awards was chaired by Louise Le Brun, Senior Vice-President for
Operations and Administration with the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du
    "It's refreshing to see how much talent, energy and heartfelt generosity
people can display when they want to help others," said Michèle
Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater
Montreal. "I think the award winners illustrate what is best about the
community movement, and what a tremendous positive impact altruistic
contributions can have on our society as a whole."

    Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a
board of directors which is representative of the community. It serves the
Island of Montreal, Laval, and communities on the South Shore. Centraide
supports over 360 community-based agencies and projects which offer help and
comfort to more than half a million people in need.

For further information:

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator,
(514) 288-1261, ext. 242, Cell phone: (514) 705-7350; N.B.: For more
information on the award winners (agencies and corporation) and for the jury
membership lists, please visit the "What's new" section on the home page of
our website at www.centraide-mtl.org.

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