VIVA MTL: Presenting the four winners who make a difference in their community!

MONTREAL, Dec. 12, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group and its partners are proud to present the four winners of the VIVA MTL contest. The winners were announced last night during the Montréal s'allume show, which kicked off Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations. The winners of each of the four categories were awarded a $10,000.

The goal of the contest was to highlight the city's best and brightest. "VIVA MTL was Desjardins's way of bolstering our city's pride. I think it's safe to say that we did just that! In fact, the contest garnered more attention than we had anticipated," said Sylvie Audet, Special Projects Manager at Desjardins Group. "With 467 applicants and 12 finalists, we discovered lots of inspiring people who make a difference in their community."  

Since its launch on January 28, VIVA MTL has been very successful:

  • We've met more than 5,000 people.
  • We've made 38 appearances at Montreal events.
  • We received 467 nominations.
  • We selected 12 finalists.
  • One candidate received an honourable mention.
  • We received more than 60,000 votes from the public.

The 4 winners of the 2016 VIVA MTL contest




Benoit Langevin  

For his work with youth in the West Island of Montreal


La Chasse-Balcon  

For organizing neighbourhood parties with live music and dancers

Young Leader

Sabrina Abdeddaim  

For her commitment to helping young people in Saint-Léonard


Catherine Bégin

For spreading happiness with her healthy and colourful treats


This contest was made possible through partnerships with La Presse+, CTV, Rouge fm, Virgin Radio 96, Cinco, EY, lg2, École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce, BMW Laval, Je fais MTL and the society for the celebration of Montreal's 375th anniversary.

About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of more than $260 billion. It has been rated one of the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Counted among the world's strongest banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

SOURCE Desjardins Group

For further information: (media inquiries only): Annie Josiane Bujold , Public Relations, Desjardins Group, 514-281-7000 or 1-866-866-7000, ext. 5557646,


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