History of the Foundation

The history of the Foundation started well long before its incorporation and the launching of its activities in October 2000.

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.

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