Com­mu­nity Shares launches an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign and cel­e­brates 20 years in the com­mu­nity

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More than 450 peo­ple came to the Com­mu­nity Break­fast to launch West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares’ an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign and cel­e­brate its 20th an­niver­sary to­day. The break­fast was held at Les 3 Brasseurs in Pointe-Claire and spe­cial guests in­cluded cam­paign co-chairs, Mr. John Helou, Pres­i­dent of Pfizer Canada Inc., and Mr. Martin Thibodeau, Pres­i­dent, Que­bec Head­quar­ters of RBC Royal Bank. They are the first cam­paign co-chairs in

Com­mu­nity Shares’ 20-year his­tory.

“We’re hon­oured that these busi­ness lead­ers, who are so pas­sion­ate about giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, are our cam­paign co-chairs this year,” said Leanne Bayer, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares. “We look for­ward to work­ing with them to achieve our goal of rais­ing $1.3 mil­lion this year.”

“We are proud to be ac­tive in the com­mu­ni­ties where we work and live,” ex­plains John Helou, Pres­i­dent, Pfizer Canada Inc., one of the found­ing part­ners of West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares. “In all cor­ners of the coun­try, and es­pe­cially here in the West Is­land of Mon­treal, many of our em­ploy­ees are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence by vol­un­teer­ing their time to causes im­por­tant to them, in­clud­ing West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares. I am very proud of these in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions as well as our long-stand­ing cor­po­rate part­ner­ship with an or­ga­ni­za­tion mak­ing a true dif­fer­ence in the lives of peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.”

“Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is part of RBC Royal Bank’s DNA. It’s im­por­tant to me to give back to help the vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity and to as­sure a co­he­sive com­mu­nity. To­gether, we can make a dif­fer­ence,” said Mr. Thibodeau.

Also in at­ten­dance were Mr. Martin Coi­teux, Mem­ber for Nel­li­gan, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Land Oc­cu­pancy, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity and Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Mon­tréal re­gion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mr. Car­los Leitão, Mem­ber for Robert-Bald­win and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance. May­ors and coun­cilors from Baie d’Urfé, Bea­cons­field, Dol­lard-des-Ormeaux, Dor­val, Kirk­land Pier­re­fonds, Pointe-Claire, Sainte-Anne-deBelle­vue and Sen­neville were also there to show their sup­port.

20 YEARS IN THE COM­MU­NITY

In its first an­nual cam­paign, West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares raised $102,000 for 8 lo­cal com­mu­nity groups. Last year, it raised more than $1.2 Mil­lion for 41 com­mu­nity groups. The groups of­fer front­line ser­vices to 60,000 West Is­land res­i­dents strug­gling with poverty, cancer, men­tal ill­ness, sub­stance abuse and more each year. Six groups (AMCAL Fam­ily Ser­vices, AWISH, the Eco­mu­seum, Com­mu­nity Per­spec­tive in Men­tal Health, WIAIH and the West Is­land Youth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra) have been sup­ported by Com­mu­nity Shares for the 20 years of its ex­is­tence.

Many in­di­vid­ual and cor­po­rate donors, part­ners and spon­sors at­tended the break­fast. Ms. Nada Nasred­dine, Pres­i­dent of Com­mu­nity Shares, also wel­comed four past pres­i­dents of the Board, all of whom are still in­volved with Com­mu­nity Shares in some ca­pac­ity. “We’re very grate­ful for sup­port­ers who have been with us for 20 years, as well as new sup­port­ers who live here and want to give here,” said Ms. Nasred­dine.

One such new sup­porter is CAN/AM Hockey, the 20th An­niver­sary Spon­sor of the break­fast. Gold-level spon­sor, Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, has gen­er­ously sup­ported Com­mu­nity Shares for al­most 20 years. Pharmaprix (Bea­cons­field/Kirk­land) and Rideau Fu­neral Home were the Sil­ver spon­sors. Other spon­sors in­cluded Gior­dano Pac­cione of RE/MAX, Dorfin and Har­mony Ju­ve­nile Prod­ucts.

“My heart­felt thanks goes out to all the spon­sors, guests and vol­un­teers of the break­fast, with spe­cial thanks to West Is­land IGA gro­cers who pro­vided all the food and Les 3 Brasseurs for host­ing the event,” said Ms. Bayer. Also con­tribut­ing to the suc­cess­ful event were in-kind donors: In­fo­grafilm, The Beat 92.5, Tazza di Mat­tina and Via Rail.

Do­na­tions to West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares can be made on its se­cure web­server at www.com­mu­ni­tyshares.ca 100% of do­na­tions will go di­rectly to the com­mu­nity groups be­cause cor­po­rate part­ners cover op­er­a­tional costs. The West Is­land is the only com­mu­nity in Canada to sus­tain this model for more than 20 years.

From the left: Nada Nasred­dine, Pres­i­dent of West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares, Martin Thibodeau, Pres­i­dent, Que­bec Head­quar­ters, RBC Royal Bank
John Helou, Pres­i­dent, Pfizer

Canada Inc. and Leanne Bayer, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, West Is­land Com­mu­nity Shares

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