Caisse populaire de Clare receives prestigious Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award

14 December 2012

Halifax -

A locally owned cooperative financial institution, Caisse populaire de Clare, received a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award today at a ceremony in Ottawa. Caisse populaire de Clare was honoured as the Atlantic Canada Winner in the Business Leader Category for their work with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), among other charities.

Caisse populaire de Clare consistently makes a remarkable contribution to others and their community through charitable giving, volunteering and participation. They were instrumental in the creation of the CCS Relay for Life event in Clare, which has infused the entire community with energy, excitement and hope in the fight against cancer. The long-term impact they have made with the event has been heightened awareness of cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Paul Emile LeBlanc, CEO, attended the ceremony in Ottawa and accepted the award on behalf of the Caisse.

“This award would not have been possible without the great work done by the staff, management and volunteers of our Caisse! We have an excellent team with good leadership! This was a challenging year because our Caisse loss three very dear friends in Ian Caldwell, Marc Robichaud and Joe Mombourquette. All three exemplify the commitment we all have to volunteerism and the love of our community,” said Leblanc.

He added, “It is important that we give back to the community. At Caisse populaire de Clare, we are very fortunate to have dedicated staff, volunteers, and members that support us. We work with many groups, individuals and businesses throughout Clare and surrounding areas. A big thank you to everyone; we are very honored to be accepting this award.”

According to Canadian Cancer Society CEO Barbara Stead Coyle, the decision to nominate Caisse populaire de Clare for the national Volunteer Award was an easy one.

“The staff and management of Caisse populaire de Clare share a strong collaborative approach to supporting the Canadian Cancer Society. Their continued involvement is driven by their staff support for the cause, many of whom have been touched by cancer. When nomination time came, we knew they fit the bill perfectly for the Business Leader Category. Congratulations and thank you for your outstanding commitment to the Canadian Cancer Society, and Nova Scotian families facing cancer,” said Stead Coyle.

For more information visit: http://www.pm.gc.ca

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Heather Rice

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: (902) 423-6183