AIA High Fives for Kids Makes a Splash in Quebec

by | Sep 21, 2021 | 0 comments

Jean Descheneaux, owner of Le Centre de l’auto Beaumont (left), accepts a cheque from AIA High Fives for Kids board member Steve Bujold on behalf of Fondation Papillon and Camp Papillon.

The AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation has continued work closely with members of the aftermarket community to support youth oriented causes across Canada, with a $5,000 donation to Quebec’s Fondation Papillon.

The cause is championed by noted automotive service provider Jean Descheneaux, owner of Le Centre de l’auto Beaumont, who also has a strong connection with children’s charities. He has served as a president of Société pour les enfants handicapés du Québec (SEHQ), and has a strong connection to Fondation Papillon.

The donation is being directed to Camp Papillon which provides stimulating camp experiences for some 1,500 physically and intellectually challenged children each year.

“Jean was very pleased to receive the donation, especially coming from the AIA. It’s an important way for the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation to show that it supports the causes that members of our industry support,” says Steve Bujold, AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation board member.

Bujold says too that Descheneaux promised to get the word out about the work that the foundation is doing in Quebec, and the Chairman’s Challenge fundraising that continues.

The Chairman’s Challenge has donated some $30,000 toward youth oriented causes to date, including:

The Children’s Breakfast Club has been a perennial recipient of contributions from the aftermarket foundation. Established more than 30 years ago, the Breakfast Club works with community partners to provide breakfast programs in 27 communities across Southern Ontario.

The Redwood Shelter in Toronto, Ont., has, since 1993, we’ve been there to help women and children live free from domestic violence. The Redwood provides the emotional, practical and social support that families need to get their lives back on track – offering free and confidential services in 170 different languages.

The YWCA of Edmonton provides education, health and wellness programming to thousands of women, girls, and families every year.

Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta has been granting wishes to Canadian children for some 30 years. It’s newly expanded reach sees the organization granting wishes to children suffering serious neurological and genetic conditions.

Fondation Papillon/Camp Papillon which provides provides stimulating camp experiences in Quebec for some 1,500 physically and intellectually challenged children each year.

Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta which provides an advanced skill set, including critical thinking, effective teamwork and leadership that enable young people to grow, thrive and produce in many critical areas of their lives.

Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation and the North York Women’s Shelter which for 33 years has been a place of healing, empowerment and refuge, helping over 11,000 women and children heal from the trauma of abuse.

The funds raised to provide these contributions have come primarily form the Chairman’s Challenge launched by Raymond Proulx, chair of the foundation.

Proulx is asking distributors, suppliers, jobbers, service providers, and the families connected to of AIA member companies to think of the High Fives for Kids Foundation and help with its fundraising so that it can continue to support those worthwhile charities that have requested its help.

The Foundation has seen requests rise, even as it’s traditional fundraising avenues have been squeezed.

Special thanks to all who have gives through the Chairman’s Challenge:

  • Lordco Auto Parts Ltd.
  • Ken Coulter
  • Altrom Auto Group
  • Modern Sales Co-op
  • Colleen Ouellette
  • Guy-Olivier Potvin
  • Ron Grieve
  • Terry O’Brien
  • Mevotech
  • Raymond Proulx
  • Baljinder Singh
  • Wakefield Canada
  • Specialty Sales & Marketing
  • CHAT Integrated Media
  • Excel Sales Consulting
  • Maslack Supply
  • Zara Wishloff
  • APD Automotive Parts Distributors
  • 10293415 Canada Inc.
  • Renee LeBlanc
  • Giovanni Pepe
  • DRiV Canada
  • Emily Aziz
  • Andy Murphy
  • Tim MacDonald
  • Ideal Supply
  • Mister Transmission
  • Erin Chreptyk
  • Kristin Crawford
  • Erika Childs
  • And Anonymous donations!

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