April 19th, 2023
Volunteer Involvement Week | CHUS Foundation's Gala reconnaissance
In the midst of Volunteer Week, the Fondation du CHUS held its Gala reconnaissance on Wednesday evening, to thank and highlight the involvement of several hundred people who have enabled the Foundation to accomplish its mission over the past year, namely to provide ever-better care at Sherbrooke's two hospitals.
"Tonight, we're gathered to highlight all the people who give us their time, who raise their hands to support us, who help promote the Foundation and its mission. Without you, it would be impossible to accomplish so much! You're always there to support us, and you're ambassadors like no other,
said Martin Clermont, Executive Director of the Foundation, at the opening of this unique evening of celebration, brilliantly hosted by Priscillia Quirion.
The Foundation took the opportunity to honour those who have made a particularly significant impact or whose involvement has been exceptional over the past year. Eleven awards were presented during the evening.
The Toujours prêt award was presented to Maryse Lapointe, who is regularly involved in various Fondation du CHUS activities, and who stands out for her multi-tasking.
For her two decades of involvement, Denise Bergeron received the Fidélité award, presented to a person or group of people whose involvement is rooted in continuity and who have supported the CHUS Foundation for many years.
Mr. Marc-André Coallier, for his dynamism, enthusiasm and generosity, particularly in hosting Foundation events, was presented with the Ambassadeur — personnalité publique award.
The Ambassadeur - milieu des affaires award ispresented to an influential individual or group of individuals in the Eastern Townships business community who, thanks to their vast network of contacts, raise the profile of the Fondation du CHUS. Éric and Michel Laroche, who take human health to heart and have mobilized their network around this cause, have earned this honor.
The Precious Partner award was presented to Mr. Michel Mayrand, because this businessman always responds positively and even goes the extra mile to help the Foundation!
The Patient-e prize was awarded to a persevering woman, Mrs. Sara Villemure. The mother of one mobilized her entire community, in St-Amable, to raise money to donate to the Fonds Cœur en tête for research into the brain cancer she suffers from.
Because he braved the winds and tides to sail 87,237 km aboard a sailboat, and also drew media attention to brain cancers and Fonds Coeur en tête, the Community Initiative Award was presented to Mr. Bertrand Hould.
The Recrue de l'annéeaward went to a man who, in his first year of involvement, was present at ALL Foundation events: Mr. Simon Boissé.
Mr. Jean-Guy Roy was awarded the Relève prize, given to a person or group of people who have recently become involved, but in an exceptional way, and who aim to do so for the long term. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the CHUS Foundation, as well as the organizing committee for the tournoi de golf and SKI TA VIE.
A close-knit family has created a community around a cancer patient that extends beyond Quebec's borders, raising an impressive $40,000. Geneviève Monty and Laurie and Félix Murray received the Philanthropic Achievement Award for their fundraising efforts in honour of their loved one, Grégory Lapointe.
Finally, the prestigious Jean-Besré Award was presented to Martine Côté and Charles Custeau, both of whom served on the Board of Directors for over ten years, in recognition of their exceptional commitment.
This Thursday, April 28, in the midst of National Volunteer Week, the CHUS Foundation held its Gala Reconnaissance to highlight the volunteer involvement of a few hundred people who have helped the Foundation accomplish its mission over the past year.
Welcoming and warm. These two simple words sum up the atmosphere that Carole Paris and Guy Séguin discovered when they came to work as volunteers at the CHUS Foundation more than eight years ago.