$72,385 raised to promote respect for diversity

Last June 13th, ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity held its annual fundraising cocktail at the Château Saint-Ambroise, in Montreal. The Luminescence event was held under the patronage of Sébastien Barangé, CGI and Jean-Pierre Desrosiers, PSB Boisjoli.

The event was a resounding success exceeding its financial objective and reaching the sum of $72,385 thanks to the sale of tickets and through sponsorships, donations and the proceeds from the auction. As a result of the funds collected during the evening, the Tolerance Caravan, the interactive workshop of ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity, will be able to visit approximately 7,000 students in their classrooms.

It was also on this occasion that the organization remitted the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Award of Tolerance to a public figure that has excelled in his promotion of respect for diversity and inclusion. The 2017 prizewinner is Nathalie Bondil, Director General, and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She follows in the esteemed footsteps of last year’s recipients, author and La Presse columnist, Rima Elkouri, and rapper, Samian. Previous award winners also include Oliver Jones, Kim Thùy, Dany Turcotte, Maxime Collard and his mother, Dr. Julien, as well as Father Emmett “Pops” Johns.

ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity wishes to thank the Luminescence Honour committee, as well as all the sponsors, donors and participants. Thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the evening, the organization will continue its important mission to interact with young people to promote respect for differences and engage in dialogue to build an environment free of discrimination and bullying.