The Memphremagog hospital Foundation launches its third major fundraising campaign «Your partner in health to fight cancer!»
«As individuals and as a society, it is in our interest to invest in healthcare… The Memphremagog Hospital Foundation periodically reminds us that it is wise to invest in healthcare while we are healthy, not once we become sick…»
It is with these words, spoken by Mr. Stéphane Bégin, founder of Conceptromec Export Inc., and campaign Co-Chair, that the Foundation officially launched its $2.5 million fundraising campaign (2012-2016). «We have already raised $1,250,000, which represents half of the objective». Mr. Bégin underlined the participation the internal campaign of the CSSSM, which has also met its objectives.
HEALTH PARTNERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
«We are partners in health to fight cancer!» continued Ms. Line Couture, Notary at Cabinet Gérin Pomerleau Couture and campaign Co-Chair, during the press conference. The event was held at the chapel of Memphremagog Health and Social Services Centre (CSSSM) and attended by noble citizens, donors, volunteers, friends of the Foundation, the Board of Directors of the non-profit
organization, staff members of the CSSSM and regional media.
Actress and Honorary Chair Sonia Vachon, a Magog native and former student was also present, as well as Ms. Monique Corbeil, Executive Director of the CSSSM, who presented the results of «local business solidarity»: launched in 2012, the campaign raised in a few months $1.25 million, representing half of the $2.5 million objective- another success story for the most active foundation in the region!
Mr. Pierre Riverin, Chair of the campaign committee MRC 2012 proudly presented a cheque for $500,484 from the 14 municipalities that have accepted to help fight cancer, here in our region. A UNIFYING THEME Launched under the theme Your partner in health to fight cancer, the campaign calls upon the solidarity of residents, businesses and institutions of the RMC. For the Executive Director of the CSSSM, the campaign will help raise awareness to certain realities facing the population of Magog:
We’ve arrived! This is the year of the Canada Summer Games– Sherbrooke 2013! Exactly 200 days from now the country’s largest multisport competition will begin and we’re calling on the community to Get in the Games! Sherbrooke 2013 organizers, the Desjardins Group, and volunteers are all talking about the many benefits of getting involved.
“With more than 2130 volunteers already registered, we’re very confident that we’ll achieve our goal of recruiting 5000 volunteers. This unique, incomparable experience is offered to anyone who wants to have fun and be at the heart of the organization of the Games. Join the extended Games family with your family, friends, or co-workers!” encourages Tom Allen, Chair of the Board and Executive Committee of the Canada Summer Games–Sherbrooke 2013, with obvious enthusiasm. Who was the 2013th volunteer registered? Her name is Josiane Larivière, a Business Management student at the Sherbrooke CEGEP, who would like to volunteer in Administration.
The Host Society has taken this opportunity to unveil the uniform that will be given to volun- teers who commit to a minimum of 24 hours of volunteering: a high-end cap, windbreaker, and shirt provided by Columbia, our major partner. There are other significant benefits to volunteering: training, free public transportation during the Games, access to preliminary competition rounds, meals, a recognition activity, and more.
The Desjardins Group, a Major Partner associated with the volunteer recruitment campaign, is attesting to the importance of sport and young people through its commitment. “We enthusiastically invite all Caisse employees and managers, along with Desjardins subsidaries, to volunteer before and during the Games,” said Denis Paré, President, Council of Representatives – Cantons-de-l’Est, and Vice Chair of the Board, Desjardins Group.
Volunteers from different areas are eager to share what motivated them to get involved. “This event will only be held in Sherbrooke once; this is our chance to get involved! The sense of family and the fun we have working as a team are major benefits,” according to Serge 400, rue Marquette, Sherbrooke (Québec), J1H 1M4 http://www.facebook. com/sherbrooke2013 Tél. : (819) 823-2013 Téléc. : (819) 560-8699 www. jeuxducanada2013.ca / www.2013canadagames.ca@JCG2013 Laurendeau, sport leader at the Lac Memphrémagog venue. Eddy Pomykala, venue management service representative at the John H. Price Sports Centre venue at Bishop’s University, is calling on athletes and sports fans: “You’ll have the chance to meet high-level athletes and get behind the scenes during major competitions!”
Volunteer involvement changes not only individuals, but also communities. “There are very positive outcomes. Volunteering helps build connections between people of all ages and develops partnerships between local businesses,” explained Marie-Claude Lamoureux, hosting and protocol service representative at the Stade Julien-Morin venue in Coaticook. Businesses also have an important role to play. “This is a unique opportunity to be associated with the Canada Games as a partner, and also as a volunteer. This event promotes youth and that is what we hope to do by supporting young photographers,” said Jean Bourgault, President of Imacom Communications.
The next major event for “Gold” volunteers is a retreat on Saturday, January 19 that will bring together venue teams and service managers.