Community Service

Britton Electric has supported a number of charitable organizations in Montreal and the province of Quebec for many years.

We understand that it is vitally important to give back to the community in which we live and demonstrate good ‘corporate citizenship’.

These initiatives involve more than just financial donations.

More importantly, we are proud of the active participation of our employees as we help these organizations who, in turn help those stricken by disease -- whether it is to improve quality of life or contribute to important medical research.

Please take a few minutes to read about these worthy causes as we play just a small part in their amazing work.

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The Heuga Center in the United States was created to teach those living with MS about how to manage their life using exercise and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.

When Canadian Tom Phelps attended the program it was not yet offered here and the cost precluded many people from attending. It provided 45 hours of individualized attention and educational seminars, in-depth health assessments and a highly qualified multidisciplinary staff.

Motivated to help others experience such a program, Tom, along with volunteer Karen Willison, organized the first Canadian Snow Express / Neige Express for MS fund-raiser, at Ontario’s Beaver Valley Ski club in 1997. Since then it has become an annual event taking place in three locations: Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario; Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta; and Gray Rocks in Mount Tremblant, Québec.

For the past number of years Biogen Idec Canada has supported the events, thus far raising over $1 million dollars to provide scholarships for Canadians to attend five-day wellness programs with their caregivers.

Britton Electric is a proud sponsor of the Biogen Idec Neiges Express for Multiple Sclerosis.

The Sarah Cook Fund – Splash and Dash Charity Event

The Sarah Cook Fund of the Cedars Cancer Institute for Children was founded by parents Norman and Lorena following their daughter’s diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a malignant bone tumour, in 2000.

Inspired to look beyond their own challenges to fully appreciate the pressing needs of the Hematology/Oncology Department of The Montreal Children’s Hospital, the mission of the Sarah Cook Fund is to help fulfill the long-term needs of the Department — to help its young patients and their families through times of crisis and be a place of compassionate healing for sick children in need.

The Fund has directly supported the Hematology/Oncology Department, with positive results including state-of-the-art upgrades of treatment rooms, research labs and funding for “Sarah’s Floor”, the new Hematology/Oncology in-patient ward at The Children’s.

Through special events, personal and corporate funding as well as donations from local communities and friends, the Fund has raised over $2 million.

Sarah is now doing well and is an enthusiastic high school student who, through her fund, wants to help others who are going through the same experience she once endured.

Britton Electric is proud to be one of the yearly sponsors for the Splash and Dash Event, supporting The Sarah Cook Fund.

Defi Corporatif Canderel

Canderel is the organizer of one of Montreal’s biggest fund-raisers, the Defi Corporatif Canderel, started in 1989. The first Friday every May, over a hundred teams of five or more runners, representing various companies throughout the city, gather for a fun-filled run through the streets of downtown Montreal. Each team dresses up in the craziest, most imaginative costumes possible.

Over $6 million has been raised for cancer research at two of Montreal’s major universities. This money has yielded tangible, measurable results. Specialized equipment, research grants and much more has been made possible.

Britton Electric is proud to be both a sponsor and one of the participating teams in the Defi Corporatif Canderel since 1995. In 2004 Britton Electric won the prize for best costume. Our racers dressed as fish from Finding Nemo, with the motto ‘finding a cure’.

The Omnium de Golf Bienfaisance

The Omnium de Golf Bienfaisance was founded in 1996 by M. André Cyr, Director, Purchasing at Britton Electric in support of medical research at Montréal’s leading hospitals. His dedication and commitment to community service is strong as each year this golf tournament brings together men and women from all the professions and businesses related to the Québec electrical world. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for the Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal and l’Hôpital Jean-Talon. In 2009, for the first year, the proceeds went to the Research Fund of Breast Cancer in collaboration with The Week End to End Breast Cancer benefiting the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital.

Weekend to End Breast Cancer

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer takes place yearly, during one weekend in August, when thousands of women and men come together in a 2-day walk to raise funds benefitting the the Jewish General Hospital and the Segal Cancer Centre. These world-class facilities make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families across Montréal and throughout Québec who regularly turn to them for life-saving assistance.

Funds raised are primarily directed to breast cancer research at the Jewish General Hospital, an international leader in the fight against cancer and a McGill University teaching hospital.

Britton Electric is proud to have become involved in the Weekend for the first time in 2008 with its 10 person team, led by Ron D’Aprile and then again in 2009. With each member walking the 60 kilometers to honour someone they know who has been touched by the disease, the Britton team was overwhelmed by emotion as they walked the pink carpet completing their 2 day journey.

To help raise the sponsorship funds, many Britton events were organized. One in particular called for a ‘close cut’. Organized by Francine Gélinas, Administrative Assistant, donations from the Company’s suppliers were secured, as 7 male Britton employees had their heads shaved. Special mention must go to Eddy Specogna who parted with his 17” ponytail in support of the cause.

In 2009 Perry Britton was a Co-Chair of the entire Montréal Weekend to End Breast Cancer event.