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Jacques Demers honoured at Greenwood Red Army fundraiser

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Following a stroke April 6 that left him unable to attend the screening and Q & A of the film The Red Army at Hudson’s Greenwood Centre, Canadian Senator and former NHL Coach Jacques Demers is reportedly responding well to treatments and will be presented with a copy of the film’s poster signed by his friends pictured here (left to right): Clint Ward, Pierre Plouffe, Bill Young, Jane Havard, Audrey Wall, Terry O’Shaughnessy, and Michel Poirier, and those in attendance at the April 11 screening.

Although not there in person - given the fact that he is now undergoing rehabilitation therapy following a recent stroke - legendary former Habs coach and proud Hudsonite Jacques Demers was front and centre on many peoples' minds at the screening of the film Red Army Monday, April 11, with all proceeds going to the Greenwood Centre for Living History.

Prior to the film at Hudson Village Theatre, some of the organizers and two VIP guests signed a card of best wishes to Demers – who was to have been one of the guest speakers – in the historic Greenwood dining room.

And later that evening, at the 140-seat, sold-out theatre itself, members of the audience were invited by Hudson Film Society president Clint Ward to add their signatures to a poster of the movie to be presented to Demers and his family as a lasting memento from just some of his many fans.

Said Greenwood's Terry O'Shaughnessy, “We felt it was important to send a card and a poster signed by people who attended the event to Jacques Demers to convey how sorry we were that this had happened, that we all missed him at screening, how much he means to his community here in Hudson, and how we are all sending him our very best wishes.

Added O'Shaughnessy, “We were very grateful for the high level of interest in this fundraiser and thank everyone who came out to support Greenwood. We also hugely appreciate our guests, Mike Poirier and Pierre Plouffe, and all the work done by Clint Ward and the support of the Hudson Film Society who co-hosted the evening. We also thank the wonderful Michael Lawrence for his expertise in auctioning off our items.”

Fellow guest speaker and former Team Canada defenseman Michel Poirier also missed his hockey cohort.

“He is an icon in the world of NHL hockey, the last Canadiens coach to win the Stanley Cup in 1993, he is a true gentleman, and I was so much looking forward to being with him on stage tonight,” Poirier told Your Local Journal prior to the screening. “And our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.”

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