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Schiefke encourages region’s families to attend upcoming Maison de la Famille fundraiser


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

France Pomminville, MFVS Director (left); Diane Lyonnais, MFVS President and Treasurer; Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke; and François Paquin, the second Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges at a press conference on January 21 to announce the upcoming fundraising brunch to benefit the Maison de la Famille de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Vaudreuil-Dorion that will take place at the Centre Multisports on February 16.

Vaudreuil-Soulanges federal Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke was named honourary president for this year’s Maison de la Famille Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MFVS) fundraising brunch – À Table en Famille – which will be held at the Centre Multisports February 16 at 11 a.m.

The goal of the brunch, which is open to all families and their children, is to raise $20,000. The proceeds collected will be used to help fund the MFVS’s new facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion which provides services for families in need throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. The organization has another facility in Saint-Zotique.

Great venue for families

“We are also inviting relatives and friends to make a gesture of solidarity by coming to share a meal for the benefit of families and children in need of services,” said Diane Lyonnais, President of the MFVS Board of Directors.

For Schiefke, who will be at the fundraising brunch with his family, the event will be an ideal place for all families to get together for an enjoyable meal and to help raise funds for an organization that has been helping families throughout Vaudreuil-Soulanges for several years now.

MFVS provides important help

“As MP for the area one of the things I experience every day are families asking what services are offered to help them with their kids. Having organizations like the MFVS in the community is a huge help because regardless of which level of government you are, you can’t do everything,” Schiefke told The Journal.

“I grew up in a single-parent household myself. We relied a lot on support from organizations in our community. To be able to now give back, to have gotten that phone call to say, ‘Hey, we need your help to build up our services within our community,’ it was an easy yes for me to offer my support,” said Schiefke.

All families invited

Having his own family has given Schiefke additional motivation to help support the fundraising drive. “I’m looking forward to being there with my kids and wife. We’re looking forward to meeting and talking to the many families that benefit from the services that are offered or who want to support this organization and the great work they do within our community,” said Schiefke.

He added that this year’s event marks a pivotal moment for the Maison de la Famille because it’s the first fundraiser that is being held to support their new facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

“They have a lot of new expenses with having a new house. I’m encouraging all members of our community to buy tickets and come out to support this worthwhile event,” said Schiefke.

Caisse Desjardins support

Again this year, the Caisse Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges will join forces with the MFVS for the fundraising drive. “The relationship between the MFVS and Desjardins dates back many years. This year, the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges will donate $5,000 to the MFVS for À Table en Famille,” said François Paquin, the second Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

In addition, through the Desjardins Member Benefits program, an additional $5 will be donated to the MFVS for each adult ticket purchased by a Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges member.

Tickets are available by phone at (450) 217-2177, extension 1 or by email at info@mfvs.ca. The price is $25 per adult (13 and over) and $10 per child ages three to 12. The event is free for children age 2 and under. More information about the brunch and the MFVS is available on their website at www.maisondelafamillevs.ca/.

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