Quebec News and Stories (Page 2)

Quebec News and Stories

A new space for La Boîte Verte

La Boîte Verte, a solidarity cooperative and health food store, stood in the heart of downtown Lac-Mégantic. Since it was located within the zone affected by the events of July 6, the store was no longer accessible. 

Going home with the Home Project

Each year, business students at the École d'entrepreneurship de Beauce must take on an entrepreneurial challenge within the community. On July 6, 2013, a terrible tragedy struck Lac-Mégantic. Among the victims were Gaétan Lafontaine, one of the leaders who attended that very school, and his wife Joanie Turmel. 

A model of perserverance

Geneviève Boulanger and her husband had barely finished unpacking the last few boxes when their house was destroyed on the night of July 6, 2013. They had bought an ancestral home near the lake the previous summer.

A big-hearted family

In Kim Turmel’s family, 3:30 is when the girls get home from school. Snacks are quickly distributed, and the girls can play and relax until dinner. Today, Kim’s mother is not there, which is unusual because she is around almost every day to help Kim when her granddaughters get home. 

The Red Cross continues to assist in Lac-Mégantic

Two years will soon have passed since the tragic events in Lac-Mégantic, and the Red Cross continues to help the community get back on its feet. To date, 3,236 people have received Red Cross assistance, including children who have lost one or both parents, workers and students who have lost their jobs, as well as the owners of businesses affected by the disaster. Support has also been provided to 232 businesses, 17 non-profit organizations and over 150 projects. 

Gala benefit for the Red Cross in Quebec: $700,000 raised for emergency relief operations

Montreal, May 21, 2015 – Guests attending the annual fundraiser for the Quebec Division of the Canadian Red Cross had the privilege of being transported to the heart of Marrakesh as Montreal’s New City Gas was clothed in Moroccan finery for the occasion. This colourful event raised $700,000 to support disaster response operations in Quebec. The financial information was disclosed by the co-chairs of the organizing committee including Norman Steinberg, Global Vice-Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright and Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank, and honorary chair Michèle Dionne, a Red Cross volunteer. 

National Volunteer Week Profile: Martin Minville

Martin Minville has been a Red Cross volunteer for five years. Since day one, he has taken on the great responsibility of Team Leader and rallied the Rimouski volunteer team. He has put together a dedicated team he can count on during emergency responses.

One in two people in Haiti has received Red Cross assistance over the past five years

It has been five years since an earthquake devastated Haiti, leading to the largest single country response in Red Cross history. While much progress has been made following the disaster on January 12, 2010, the Canadian Red Cross continues its long-term recovery efforts to help Haitians rebuild and strengthen their communities.

Rouge sur Blanc event raises over $28,000

On Saturday, September 2, the Rouge sur Blanc event was held at the Grévin Museum in Montreal. The 2nd annual fundraising event of the Red Cross Young Leaders raised $28,265 for the Canadian Red Cross.

The Red Cross aids 25 affected by a disaster in Trois-Rivières

The volunteer team assessed the needs of each of the tenants, who were going through a difficult time, and offered Red Cross services such as emergency lodging, food and clothing for the next three days.