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Annual Poinsettia Campaign blossoms to new heights


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

The 2018 Poinsettia Campaign has exceeded fundraising expectations. (Left to right) VSPCR President Pierre Cyr, Executive Director Jean-François Thibert, Gilles Hébert, Marie Caron, Patrick Van Den Abeele, Florence Daneau and Vaudreuil-Dorion Pro-Mayor Paul Dumoulin take a moment to celebrate.

The annual 2018 poinsettia campaign that raises funds for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) has turned out to be a resounding success according to coordinator Gilles Hébert at a press conference held Monday, November 26. Hébert and his wife, Marie Caron, have coordinated the campaign as a team since 2011.

“We have orders for 2750 plants,” said Hébert while taking a few moments from his tasks to speak with The Journal as a team of volunteers received one of the last deliveries of poinsettias at Centre Jardin Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac. Other members of the team were occupied with decorating and wrapping the poinsettias for delivery.

“We have reached the limit of our supplier. At this point, we have no more poinsettias,” said Hébert. It’s an intense production as the volunteers process approximately 220 plants per hour. “This campaign is totally run by volunteers,” he added.

“Once again, we have a very successful campaign thanks to our many volunteers and campaign coordinators,” said President of the VSPCR Foundation Pierre Cyr as he expressed gratitude on behalf of the organization for the support from across the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. The poinsettias were booked in record time and, as Hébert reported, demand was so great this year that all of the plants were allocated before delivery began.

Campaign dedication

For the first time in its history, the campaign was dedicated to a much-loved volunteer and supporter of the VSPCR, Jean-Louis Crevier who died at the home last August. He was also the brother of Sylvie Crevier one of the founders and first president of the board.

Cyr also expressed his thanks to the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion for their continued support of the Poinsettia Campaign and the VSPCR.

“The residence is very important for the city and the region,” said Pro-Mayor Paul Dumoulin representing Mayor Guy Pilon who was unable to attend the press conference.

Local and regional support

“Vaudreuil-Dorion supported the residence from the beginning,” said Dumoulin. “However, without the work of all the dedicated volunteers, this campaign would never happen,” he said while noting the residence provides a valuable and important service for the city and the region.

“We would also never be able to run this campaign without the support of Centre Jardin Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac,” said Hébert. Over the past eight years, owners of the garden center, Patrick Van Den Abeele and Florence Daneau, have provided the space to receive, process, and ship the plants.

“We have the space, the knowledge, the contacts and it’s easy to do,” said Van Den Abeele with a smile. “We are really happy to do this.”

Campaign progress

Since it began in 2011, the campaign has raised a cumulative amount of $500,000. In 2017, it raised nearly $65,000.

“It’s a bit too soon to tell, but I think we might have exceeded last year,” said Hébert. The final results of the campaign won’t be available until all the deliveries are finished. “That information will be released sometime next week,” said Events Coordinator Madeleine Langlois.

Donors who have ordered poinsettias may pick them up at Centre Jardin Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac, 999 Saint-Charles Avenue, Vaudreuil-Dorion on Friday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 4 through Friday, December 7. The centre is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and is open until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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Since it opened in September 2010, the VSPCR has been offering specialized palliative care to people of all ages who are terminally ill. This service focuses on treating individuals with respect and dignity and is offered free of charge. For further information, please consult their website at www.mspvs.org.

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