GATINEAU, Tuesday, May 22, 2018—Some 150 people attended Centraide Outaouais’s closing and recognition ceremony today at the Hilton Lac-Leamy. Marie-Claude Morin of 94.9 Rouge Gatineau-Ottawa hosted the evening which highlighted the accomplishments and dedication of volunteers. Campaign results were also announced during the event. Centraide Outaouais and its supported agencies will help 62,781 people this year.
“The entire community can take pride in the success of the Centraide Outaouais campaign. Without volunteers, donors, agencies, unions and businesses, there would be no Centraide,” says Nathalie Lepage. “We are grateful for their ongoing support, which enables us to make a greater impact on the community and fight poverty and exclusion. I commend the extraordinary work of our campaign cabinet members, whose generosity and dedication play a key role in promoting our vision.” Lepage also thanked outgoing campaign chair, Élaine Dupras for “being so committed and approachable.” “She did a remarkable job and reached out to people with her heart throughout the campaign.”
Nearly 1,000 volunteers got involved in 400 workplace campaigns and hundreds of fundraising events. Donations will be distributed under a rigorous and well-advised process based on recommendations of the Agency Allocation and Relations Committee (AARC).
“It was an honour to be part of the Centraide Outaouais team,” says Élaine Dupras. My thanks to our faithful donors whose generosity will enable thousands of people to receive services through our initiatives and the 79 agencies we support. I wish every success to Lawrence Cannon, who is taking over as chair of the 2018 campaign.”
A total of $4,535,787 was raised to support 62,781 vulnerable people.
All regions of Quebec are served by Centraides, which are self-governing and run by independent boards of directors representative of the community they serve. Each collects donations that are invested locally to act on poverty and social exclusion with the goal of having the greatest impact possible. They support about 1,500 community organizations and initiatives that help some 1.5 million vulnerable people. The Quebec Centraides are members of United Way Canada, which brings together some 90 affiliates across the country.