MONTRÉAL, April 23, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Together with Fiera Capital, ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity is pleased to invite the media to the 10th Paul Gérin-Lajoie Award for Diversity Ceremony, which will honor the three 2019 laureates: Mr. Léon Celemencki, Ms. Alanis Obomsawin and the Honorable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré. This Award Ceremony will take place during ENSEMBLE's 2019 benefit-cocktail on Thursday, May 2 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. The event will be under the Honorary Presidency of Jean-Philippe Lemay, President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada at Fiera Capital.
10 years of Paul Gérin-Lajoie Award for Diversity
Since 2009, the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Award – named after the first Québec Minister of Education who initiated some of the most important transformations that have made Québec what it is today – has been recognizing the dedication of prominent figures in promoting values of tolerance and fighting discrimination. ENSEMBLE highlights each year exemplary and exceptional initiatives that stand out as advocates of tolerance and respect.
This year, in a society where rising intolerance and xenophobia contribute to more and more hatred and violence, we decided to praise key actors who dedicated their lives to remembrance. When it comes to respect for human rights, we are aware we cannot take anything for granted. This is why the 2019 Paul Gérin-Lajoie Award commends our duty to remember and remain vigilant. In their speech and endeavours, Mr. Léon Celemencki, Ms. Alanis Obomsawin and the Honorable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré have reminded us how important it is to understand, engage and explain. They make sure we never forget the tragic history of the Holocaust, the First Nations and the Slave Trade.
An Evening Profiting Diversity and Inclusion
This fundraising event aims to gather 400 key actors from Montréal's business community during a cocktail reception and to raise $180,000 in order for ENSEMBLE to conduct their activities within schools: Caravans of Tolerance, Tiered Projects & Imprint Projects.
This networking event will also include a silent and live auction, profits from which will go to ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity.
Benefit Cocktail 2019 for ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity
When Thursday, May 2 | 5:30pm to 8pm
Where Montréal Museum of Fine Arts | 1380, Sherbrooke St. West, Montréal QC H3G 1J5
ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity
A leader in diversity education, ENSEMBLE's mission is to spark a conversation about inclusion and diversity. The organization works with young people between ages 9-18 to promote an environment respecting everyone's differences. Each year, ENSEMBLE reaches more than 25,000 young people, on a yearly basis, in elementary and high schools in Quebec.
SOURCE ENSEMBLE pour le respect de la diversité
For further information: Source and Media Relations, Marie José Fiset, Executive Director, ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity, 514-842-4848