History of the Foundation
The history of the Foundation started well long before its
incorporation and the launching of its activities in October
As early as the 1960s, André Chagnon, was an active member of
the Kiwanis Club and very involved in efforts to help the most
destitute members of society. His interest and concern led him to
participate in setting up various organizations, including
Terre-des-Jeunes, a centre providing stimulation and
support for children with mental disabilities, and
Portage, a substance abuse rehabilitation centre.
While he was President of Vidéotron, André Chagnon also promoted
the hiring of people with disabilities for office maintenance and
equipment repair positions in order to help them integrate more
fully into society. The company also provided funding for various
initiatives, primarily in the areas of education, health, sports
and the arts.
Concerned by poverty and social inequality, all of the members
of the Chagnon family have devoted themselves to several charitable
causes for many years. Their many commitments are a concrete
expression of the deeply-held convictions that led them to create
and become involved in the Foundation. By 1988, they had already
decided to invest a portion of their assets in the philanthropy
sector by creating the trust that would eventually become the Lucie
and André Chagnon Foundation.
The elements presented in this timeline do not constitute an
exhaustive inventory of all of the Foundation's activities: they
have been chosen to illustrate the Foundation's areas of interest
and the types of project it has supported over the years.