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An unexpected $50,000 donation from the Hagen Family Foundation


Mark Hagen, VP, Nutrition and Manufacturing and son of company founder Rolf C. Hagen, and Dieter Hagen, Vice President and brother of the founder. Behind him, (left to right) Christine Boyle, the Residence's Executive Director, Dr. Geneviève Chaput, Interim Medical Director, Daphné Lamoureux, Clinical Services Assistant, and Nathalie Blanchet, Director of Philanthropic Development.

Those for whom dogs, cats, and other little creatures are part of the family know the Hagen name as they see it daily on their furry friends’ food and accessories. The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR), however, sees the Hagen name as a synonym of generosity since the Baie-d’Urfé-based company made a $50,000 donation to the Residence through its foundation.

Dieter and Mark Hagen, the company founder’s brother and son, handed the cheque to the Residence’s Executive Director, Christine Boyle, last January 7.

“I’m sure that Rolf is looking down and is very proud to see that his generosity lives on,” Dieter Hagen said.

With his brother Dieter, Rolf C. Hagen, who died in 2011, founded Hagen, a manufacturer and distributor of products and accessories for pets. He left his native Germany in 1955 to settle in Canada, first in Nova Scotia, and then in Montreal. The distribution of Canadian Prairies grain to Germany and other European countries expanded and helped firmly establish the company in Quebec. Today, its pet food sales and distribution networks span the globe. Hagen is now the largest private multinational in the world.

Through his generosity, he also left a mark with the many charitable organizations he supported.

One of his three sons, Mark, lived in Hudson for many years. He knows how important it is for everyone to be able to live their last days in a welcoming and peaceful environment where they can be cared for with compassion, dignity and serenity. That is why he decided to support the Residence through the Hagen Foundation.

Since 2010, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) offers free specialized palliative care services to persons of all ages in the terminal stages of a disease, with respect and dignity. For further information, visit www.mspvs.org/en/

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