Desjardins to partner with Québec Intercultural Week

     Desjardins will offer a discovery internship to people of cultural
           communities to bridge the cultural gap in the workplace

    LEVIS, QC, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, the largest
financial institution in Québec, is proud to be partnering with the Ministry
for Immigration and Cultural Communities for the 5th edition of Québec
Intercultural Week to be held from September 30 to October 7, 2007. Set to the
theme "Je m'interculturalise" (I'm discovering different cultures), the
purpose of this week is to bridge the gap between Québec people of all
    By taking part in this activity, Desjardins once again states its
willingness to bridge the cultural gap in the workplace. To underline its
collaboration, Desjardins will offer a one-day discovery internship to
newcomers. The goal of this internship is to promote relationships between
Desjardins and cultural communities.
    As a financial institution for and partner to the community, Desjardins
has always been able to adapt to changes. As the largest private employer in
Québec that offers advantageous work conditions, it is at the forefront of the
social scene. Today, communities are increasingly diversified and it is only
natural for Desjardins to be involved in this activity. "Through its
participation in this event, Desjardins continues to weave, maintain and
strengthen the ties with various communities. We believe that opening up to
cultural diversity can only be beneficial for Desjardins, for caisse members,
for employees and for our officers", underlined Alban D'Amours, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of more than $143 billion, as of June 30, 2007. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its
40,000 employees and the commitment of nearly 6,800 elected officers,
Desjardins offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients
a full range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution
network is complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out
more, consult .

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