Prizing generosity: Centraide honours volunteers and donors who are dedicated to the cause of the neediest

    MONTREAL, May 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Corporations and community agencies showed
more innovation and altruism than ever in supporting the neediest over the
past few months. Their acts of generosity were recognized by Centraide of
Greater Montreal, which awarded 12 prizes to honour their involvement in the
    Eight corporations and organizations distinguished themselves by
receiving Solidaires for their outstanding philanthropy. These prizes
recognize the quality of their Centraide campaign as well as its impact within
their organization and in the community.
    Rio Tinto Alcan was awarded the Solidaires for Overall Support. The
Solidaires for best Employee Campaigns went to Pratt & Whitney Canada (1,000
plus employees), Solidarity Fund QFL (250 to 999 employees) and NATIONAL
Public Relations (249 employees or less). The Solidaires for First Employee
Campaign was granted to the Agence métropolitaine de transport. The Solidaires
for Leadership Giving Campaigns (donations of $1,000 or more) were presented
to Desjardins Group (1,000 plus employees) and Accenture (999 employees or
less). And the members of Local 510, CAW Quebec, Pratt & Whitney Canada,
earned the Solidaires for Trade Union Support.
    The work of the community agencies, community workers and volunteers who
support vulnerable people day in and day out was rewarded as well.
    The Conseil Local des Intervenants Communautaires de
Bordeaux-Cartierville - Projet Places en mouvement received the Agnes C.
Higgins Award. This local initiative has helped to improve the quality of life
for the 1,500 residents of Places L'Acadie and Henri-Bourassa, a 24-building
apartment complex with unhealthy living conditions. The work of Places en
mouvement has led most notably to the design of a new housing project.
    Vincent de Villiers, Executive Director of the Compagnons de Montréal,
received the Gilles Cousineau Award for the quality of his work in helping
people with intellectual disabilities and providing respite for their
    Brother Bertrand Fortin was honoured with the Antoinette Robidoux Award
for his outstanding involvement as a volunteer for over 60 years at Patro Le
Prevost. He participated in the establishment of the first "magasin partage"
temporary store in Montreal and, to help seniors continue living at home, one
of the first Meals-on-Wheels in Quebec.
    In order to encourage social involvement among youth as well, Centraide
presented a Youth Volunteer Award to Alexandra Vaillancourt for all the time
she donated to the Centre d'action bénévole de Saint-Hubert. This 14-year old
devotes a large part of her school holidays to the agency's Meals-on-Wheels
and volunteer recruitment activities.

    Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a
board of directors which is representative of the community. It serves the
Island of Montreal, Laval, and communities on the South Shore. Centraide
supports over 360 community-based agencies and projects which offer help and
comfort to more than half a million people in need.

For further information:

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator,
(514) 288-1261, ext. 242,; N.B.: For more
information on the award winners (agencies and corporation) and for the jury
membership lists, please visit the "What's new" section on the home page of
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