MONTREAL, May 4, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal's 2017 campaign will be led by Louis Audet, President and CEO of Cogeco, and James C. Cherry, Corporate Director and former President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.
Mr. Audet and Mr. Cherry will co-chair a campaign cabinet of about thirty people representing businesses, institutions and trade unions. They will be supported by close to one hundred volunteers who come from all of Montreal's economic sectors. These invaluable partners will plan Centraide's next fundraising campaign for the official launch on October 4, 2017, during its march of support and solidarity in downtown Montreal.
Louis Audet has worked on many major fundraising campaigns for charitable organizations. He was a cabinet member for Centraide of Greater Montreal's campaigns in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2004. Under Mr. Audet's leadership, Cogeco also helped launch Centraide's Training for Better Newcomer Integration project to help Syrian refugees integrate into their new country.
James C. Cherry has been actively involved with several organizations, including Centraide of Greater Montreal, for nearly 20 years. He has chaired the Transportation Division of the campaign cabinet a number of times and also served on Centraide's Board of Directors from 2006 to 2014 and spent two years as its chairman. Mr. Cherry received the Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire Award in 2015 in honour of his profound commitment to Centraide.
"The Centraide campaign is a key event for people who want to make a concrete and sustainable difference in our community. These two distinguished volunteers have a remarkable commitment and the ability to bring people together. They will be an inspiration for our volunteers and donors, whose support is essential for the nearly 350 agencies in our network," said Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a Board of Directors that is representative of the community. It serves Laval, Montreal, and the South Shore. About 57,000 volunteers are involved with the agencies that it supports, and 22,000 volunteers work on its annual campaign. Centraide is supported by private, public and parapublic corporations and institutions as well as large trade unions. These organizations carry out 1,600 workplace campaigns every year. For more information: centraide-mtl.org.
Quebec has 18 Centraides that support 1,500 community agencies and projects that offer help and comfort to 1.3 million vulnerable people.
SOURCE Centraide of Greater Montreal
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