Desjardins Group reaches out to Lac-Mégantic residents

A donation of $50,000 will be made to the Red Cross

LÉVIS, QC, July 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group has announced that it will be donating $50,000 to the Red Cross to assist residents of Lac-Mégantic who are severely affected by the train derailment that laid waste to downtown Lac-Mégantic.

Today Desjardins teams were quick on their feet as they mobilized to support the victims and help them through this ordeal. Claims experts from Desjardins Insurance are already on site at the Red Cross emergency centre set up at the Polyvalente Montignac de Lac Mégantic to inform and guide their insureds in their claims procedures.

Neighbouring caisses are assessing the situation every hour and measures will be taken in the event of continuing power outage which would cause them to remain closed on Monday. However, a number of Desjardins service outlets and ATMs located outside the affected zone are fully operational.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy that hit the Lac-Mégantic community," stated Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group. "Our caisses will be making every effort to assist their individual and business members who have been affected by this disaster."

About Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets over $200 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Québec and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full range of financial products and services to its members and clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in Personal Services, in Business and Institutional Services. Best Corporate Citizen in Canada for 2012 and among Canada's Top 100 Employers, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 44,942 employees and the commitment of 5,268 elected officers. Desjardins members and the general public are invited to visit Desjardins Group's education and cooperation program website at

SOURCE: Desjardins Group

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Nathalie Genest, Spokesperson
Desjardins Group

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