Centraide of Greater Montreal raises $58,225,000

One thing that never changes over the years is generosity 
MONTREAL, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Donating is uplifting, and hundreds of 
thousands of people gave this year so that hundreds of thousands of others 
will never lose hope. Centraide of Greater Montreal raised over $58 million 
during its 2012 campaign. These funds will be used to support some 370 
agencies that help people in need to be all that they can be. The campaign 
result was announced this morning at UQAM's Cœur des sciences in the presence 
of many donors, volunteers and representatives of Centraide-supported agencies. 
"Our invaluable donors and volunteers took part in this vast movement of 
caring and solidarity all year long. I want to thank them for the spirit, 
passion and energy they brought to the campaign," said Louis Vachon, President 
and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank and Co-Chair of Centraide's 2012 
"This campaign was intense up to the very last minute. But thanks to the 
determination andgenerosity of our donors, Centraide will be able to 
transform the daily lives of disadvantagedpeople in neighbourhoods hard hit 
by poverty," added LinoA.Saputo, Jr., Chief ExecutiveOfficer and 
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Saputo and Co-Chair of Centraide's 
The funds raised will help the agencies to meet the most pressing needs, while 
promoting community development and individual empowerment. They will be 
invested in innovative projects to fight poverty and exclusion, according to 
the needs of the neighbourhoods. Thanks to this money, the agencies in 
Centraide's network will offer services to improve living conditions for 
families, encourage young dropouts to return to school, ensure the development 
of young children, prevent delinquency among youth, facilitate the welcoming 
of newcomers and break the isolation of seniors. 
"I'm so pleased for us all when I hear that Centraide is a bringer of hope and 
good news," concluded MichèleThibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive 
Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal. 
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal, James 
C. Cherry, took the occasion to express his gratitude to Michèle 
Thibodeau-DeGuire, who will be retiring on December 31, 2012 after 21 years at 
the helm of the organization. Mrs. Thibodeau-DeGuire will be replaced by 
Lili-Anna Pereša, who will assume the position of President and Executive 
Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal in January 2013. 
About Centraide
Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a 
board of directors that is representative of the community. It serves Laval, 
the Island of Montreal and communities on the South Shore. More than 160,000 
people contribute financially to the campaign, which is supported by some 
2,000 companies, institutions, and public and parapublic organizations as well 
as by large trade unions. Centraide of Greater Montreal supports community 
agencies and projects that help half a million people. There are 
18autonomous Centraides in Quebec, each managed by an independent board of 
directors that is representative of the community it serves. 
Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator Tel.: 514288-1261, Ext. 242 
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