Special Projects

Here is a story about one of the special projects we’ve donated to:

Leslie Bronstetter and I attended a moving ceremony. It was a rare occasion to see “face to face” how your efforts translate in to a tangible gift.

To begin at the beginning; a young lady, Sarah Margolese, listened to a presentation by Rosanna d’Arazio (Director of Social Services) from the Children’s Hospital. Rosanna outlined the urgent need for an adaptive van to help a family whose second child was wheelchair bound. Sarah Margolese was soon to celebrate her 98th birthday and decided to give rather than receive; she stepped up to the plate and put up $10,000 towards this project.

As most of you realize, $10,000 does not buy a van these days. So the Children’s contacted Desmeules Dodge Chrysler in Laval and they helped out with the perfect vehicle. They were still short about $7,000. Thus enter our fearless leader. Bruce Charron receives a call from the Children’s; they outline to Bruce the urgent need for the $7,000. Bruce taps out an email to all the board members for a yes or no. Within 24 hours the unanimous response was yes. That ordinarily would be the end of it; write the cheque, feel good about it and get on with your day.

The Children’s decide to honour Sarah for her donation and they would like ACK to be there as well. Leslie and I arrive at the residence, Wesmtount One, are escorted to a room full of people, get introduced to Sarah Margolese when, the owner of the new adapted van arrives. Mr & Mrs. Laouina wheel their daughter, who is also a Sarah, into the room. This tiny Sarah has a smile as bright as any sunrise you’ve seen. The severity and urgency of the need hits home… hard. She is on a respirator attached to a very high tech wheelchair, she often turns blue from the lack of oxygen and has to be rushed to the Children’s. This van will make all the difference to a family who courageously meet each day with challenges that would fell most of us. And this Sarah is only 3 years old.

The hard work and donations we all make to ACK are tangible even if we never see what the funds we raise do. Sarah Laouina puts a face to all the other kids that you’ve helped.

Don Clinton

 

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Dearest Bucksters,

 

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Chairman, Bruce Charron. Bruce was in a tragic and fatal ski accident at Jay Peak on Sunday February 10 th.

 

To label Bruce our Chairman does not begin to describe the impact of a truly amazing individual. Bruce was a husband, father, grandfather, mentor, friend, and award winning community leader. Not only did he hold each of these titles, he excelled to the highest degree at all.

 

His indelible mark will be honored with services to be held this coming Monday, February 18th at the:

 

Mount Royal Funeral Complex
1297 Forest Rd.
Outremont H2V 2P9

 

Visitation 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Service 4:00PM

 

The Charron family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bruce’s memory to the charity that he dedicated so much of his life to, Andy Collins For Kids .

 

Please note there is very limited parking at the Mount Royal Cemetery parking lots. It is strongly suggested that you come by Taxi, Uber or car pool.