Fondation Desjardins Launches Call for Candidates for 32nd Desjardins Annual Prizes

    MONTREAL, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Fondation Desjardins invites
organizations involved in social, economic and community development to send
in their applications for the 32nd edition of the Desjardins Annual Prizes.
    Six prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to social and community
organizations that are members of Desjardins caisses in Québec or Ontario.

    New prize for culture

    This year, Fondation Desjardins wishes to highlight the contribution of
organizations that advance new means to encourage citizens to appropriate the
arts and culture. The Desjardins Annual Prize for Cultural Services will also
acknowledge efforts to create synergy between cultural organizations in order
to build bridges between communities.
    The other prizes will be awarded in the following categories: senior
citizen assistance, youth assistance, community development, community
economic development and sustainable development. Applications must be sent to
Fondation Desjardins by June 20, 2007.
    Over the past few years, in recognition of the values of mutual
assistance and solidarity demonstrated by people involved in their community,
Fondation Desjardins has awarded $830,000 to 146 organizations.

    New prize for young Desjardins caisse officers

    Fondation Desjardins also wishes to show greater appreciation for the
work of volunteers, in awarding its first Prix Reconnaissance Jeunes
dirigeants Desjardins. The purpose of this prize is to underline the
contribution made to Desjardins Group by young elected officers and young
intern officers between the ages of 18 and 35. Applications for the prize will
be accepted until May 31, 2007.
    Further information and application forms are available on the Fondation
Desjardins site at the following address:

    About Fondation Desjardins

    As a component of Desjardins Group, the largest integrated cooperative
financial group in Canada, Fondation Desjardins fulfils its mission to provide
educational support by distributing university scholarships and bursaries
throughout Québec and Ontario for training, skills development and cooperative
spirit. The foundation also hands out awards in recognition of volunteer
activities and to support entrepreneurship and employment. In 2007, Fondation
Desjardins will distribute more than $700,000. In Québec, it is well known for
distributing more university scholarships than any other private foundation in
the province. Since its inception, the foundation has given away nearly
$10 million dollars to support over 8,300 young people.

For further information:

For further information: (journalists only): Nathalie Genest, Advisor,
Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7275,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275,; Eliane Didier,
Coordinator, Fondation Desjardins, (514) 281-7170, 1-800-443-8611,

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