Hundreds of volunteers had every reason to cheer today as Centraide Outaouais unveiled the results of its 2020 campaign on Facebook Live. Workplace campaigns and contributions from businesses, public agencies, and unions raised $3,705,000 to help more than 65,000 vulnerable people locally.
“This past campaign was unique, to say the least, but it will have brought very positive outcomes,” noted campaign chairman Bob Rioux. The pandemic closed down workplaces and prevented usual events from being held, not to mention its impact on the most vulnerable groups, where the needs were felt much more acutely. “To report such impressive numbers in that context is excellent news indeed,” Rioux added. Among the highlights of the campaign, he mentioned the launch on several Outaouais radio stations and two major initiatives: Giving Tuesday to purchase snowsuits and Shopping Outaouais to support local producers.
“The pandemic put a lot of pressure, and we had to get creative to get the job done and achieve our goals,” said Centraide Outaouais Executive Director Nathalie Lepage. “Agencies showed great resilience and innovation to maintain essential services to the most vulnerable in our community.”
The closing ceremony included award presentations. Adonis was named best campaign for raising three times as much money as in 2019, while the Aylmer Super C received the Global Support Award after achieving double its goal. In the federal public service, which accounts for 55 percent of the funds raised, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s campaign was highlighted as a great success, as it reached its goal in less than a month on staff donations alone!
The Portages-de-l’Outaouais School Services Centre was named the star campaign committee, while the individual star went to longtime Centraide advocate Jocelyne D’Aoust of ERCO Mondial. In the Education Union category, the Adrien Guillaume primary school in Chénéville (Coeur-des-Vallées SCC) took the prize. The award in the FTQ Union category was presented to the Kruger unionized workers fund.
Other activities for Centraide Outaouais are underway or will take place soon: a virtual auction, along with Move for Youth on May 16, and a golf tournament sponsored by the Fortin Group, on June 17 at the Tecumseh Club.
2019 Results: $3,590,000 to support nearly 63,000 vulnerable people