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Breakfast helps Maison de la Famille achieve fundraising record


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Families participating in the fifth annual fundraising breakfast for the Maison de la Famille at the Centre Multisports on Sunday, February 16.

A fundraising breakfast – À table en famille –held last Sunday morning, February 16 at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion for the Maison de la Famille helped the regional community organization set a new record with $25,115 in donations collected, almost $5,000 more than last year.

The fifth edition of the breakfast was presented by the Caisse Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges and brought together federal and provincial government representatives and regional mayors to help raise funds and support the new Maison de la Famille that recently opened in Vaudreuil-Dorion. A second facility is located in St. Zotique.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke and President of Honour for the 2020 Maison de la Famille breakfast fundraiser (right) greets a participant at the successful event.

President of Honour – Peter Schiefke

Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke was the President of Honour for this year’s fundraiser. “I’ve met a lot of families who benefit from the services they offer and I want to make sure the organization has the funds necessary to continue the work they’re doing,” Schiefke told The Journal.

“The good news about today is that the Maison de la Famille beat their record for the amount of money collected. They sold 304 tickets which is great,” said Schiefke.

Invaluable resource

For Vaudreuil Liberal Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Marie-Claude Nichols, the annual fundraiser helps to fund an invaluable resource for the community. “It’s very important for me to support all the organizations in the Vaudreuil region,” she said.

“The Maison de la Famille provides excellent essential services for the entire population. This is always a wonderful event. A lot of the people here today are volunteers and they work very hard for the organization,” said Nichols.

She also gave a special thank you to Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon for helping the Maison de la Famille find a new location in the city. “The mayor is doing a lot to help the organization. There are also a lot of other people who are working behind the scenes to help the cause. This makes me very proud to be the MNA for Vaudreuil,” Nichols added.

Soulanges Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) MNA Marilyne Picard praised the Maison de la Famille staff for providing the essential services that are in demand throughout the region. “They do a wonderful job for our community,” she said

Supporting the cause

Mayor Pilon, who was the honourary president for last year’s event, was pleased with the large turnout for the breakfast. “You can see the result of the fundraising event this year. There are a lot of families and people here today supporting their cause. I’m very proud to have the Maison de la Famille in Vaudreuil-Dorion and we will continue to help this organization,” he said.

Other municipal mayors voiced their support for the Maison de la Famille too. Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the town’s citizens now have a place where they can receive family services closer to home.

Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot Mayor Danie Deschênes said, “It’s a cause that we support immensely. It’s our families who benefit from this so it’s very important for us to be here.”

Île-Perrot Mayor Pierre Séguin said it’s always a pleasure to attend the annual breakfast. “It’s important for me to be here to show my support and meet with the people. It’s about supporting our community,” he said.

For more information about the Maison de la Famille, visit their website at www.maisondelafamillevs.ca.

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