The Mem­phrem­a­gog hospi­tal Foun­da­tion launches its third ma­jor fundrais­ing cam­paign «Your part­ner in health to fight can­cer!»

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«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.

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