LCI Education Network
The climate of uncertainty we are currently living in is worsened by a rise in all kinds of intolerance, especially towards members of the LGBT+ community. It would be easy to believe we are immune to this phenomenon here in Quebec; and yet. In our classrooms, a worrying shift is taking place. Comments such as “I’m homophobic and that’s my right” are heard these days in the classrooms we visit.
Today, we’re calling on you to give hope to anyone who needs reassurance that they’re not alone. To do so, GRIS-Montréal has set a goal of $375,000 for its 2023-2024 fundraising campaign.
GRIS volunteers gave 1,129 demystification workshops on LGBT+ realities last year. Nearly 30,000 people heard their testimonies and were moved by their stories.
Together, we can disarm intolerance and sow hope. Your support is essential in making a better world where every person can grow without the fear of discrimination.
By donating to GRIS-Montréal, you’re encouraging a positive shift in mentality and building a more inclusive future for generations to come.
Your donation makes a big difference. Thank you for your support!
“The informations and testimonials provided by the volunteers are very relevant, and help students to drop preconceptions that unfortunately still exist.”
High school teacher
“It fills me with hope for the future and makes me think that this workshop answered a need that should never be underestimated.”
“Thank you so much for sharing your story and, above all, for showing young people that it’s possible to be different, to accept yourself and to be happy.”
High school teacher
“ This ambitious goal will allow us to increase our workshops in classrooms, train new volunteers and pursue our efforts to develop the research aspect of our mission. ”
Fundraising campaign president - GRIS-Montréal
“Teachers often tell us that the volunteers’ testimonials contribute to open people’s minds and break down the misconceptions surrounding LGBT+ realities. This is particularly important today, as we sometimes see openly homophobic or transphobic opinions expressed in class, something we haven’t witnessed for years.”
Discover the members involved in our campaign team. Thanks to their conviction and their large network, they help us raise a large part of our funds.
LCI Education Network
Since 2014, Claude Marchand is the President and CEO of the LCI Education network. He joined the organization in 2008, as Director of Marketing, and showed continuous commitment to LCI Education’s vision of growth through numerous acquisitions and successful partnerships with the primary mission of connecting people to opportunity through high-quality education. With now over 3,000 people in the organization as well as thousands of students who graduate from local and international campuses yearly, Claude envisions the LCI Education to become the leader in private education around the world.
With a degree in organizational management, Annabelle Cadieux has over 20 years' experience in business management, team management and organizational development consulting. Passionate about developing people's full potential within companies, her mission is to transform workplaces into healthy, fulfilling, productivity-enhancing spaces. Through the projects she leads, she works to create inclusive corporate cultures where everyone feels respected and valued, whatever their origins, gender, sexual orientation or abilities. An agent of change, Ms Cadieux works with GRIS MTL to help promote acceptance of sexual and gender diversity, and to reach out to a clientele at the heart of our future society: youth.
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Gautier Péchadre is a Senior Manager in the Turnaround and Insolvency Group at RCGT in Montreal. Specialized in the accompaniment of companies in difficulty, he enjoys challenges and knowing that he is making a difference in his community. Member of the Board of Directors of the Joseph-François Perrault Music School Foundation and involved in the United World College movement, he is convinced that education is the key to making our world a better place. As Nelson Mandela said, "None of us, acting alone, can achieve success". With GRIS, we aim to eliminate prejudices one by one, taking one step at a time, one donation at a time.
Nicholas Blach is an attorney at Stikeman Elliott LLP and a member of the Tax Group since 2016. He is involved in his law firm's National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, where he has been actively involved since 2020. Recently, he helped found the "Pride Alliance," a national affinity group for people at Stikeman Elliott who identify as members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to share issues affecting the community in an informal forum. For the 2022 Montreal Pride Festival, Nicholas helped organize the Stikeman Elliott Spinning for Pride event, with all proceeds going to GRIS-Montreal. In this role, Nicholas seeks to contribute to the development and implementation of various DCI initiatives, including those aimed at promoting greater understanding and acceptance of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in the workplace. Nicholas' commitment to 2SLGBTQIA+ causes is rooted in a deep sense of empathy and a desire to make a difference in the lives of those who have traditionally been marginalized and excluded.
Tatiana Lamoureux Gauvin
Passionate about teaching and training, Tatiana designs and delivers training courses for a variety of organizations, on a wide range of human resources and management topics. Tatiana is also a lecturer and EDI Associate at Desautels, McGill's Faculty of Management. She teaches a variety of courses including human resources management, multicultural management, organizational behavior and others. Tatiana is dedicated to providing her students with a learning experience that is optimal for their learning process and development. Through her discussions of EDI in her training courses, she sees how intolerance and prejudice often stem from a lack of knowledge, and therefore how education brings a powerful potential for change. She also sees how sexual and gender diversity is still often misunderstood, leading to the all-too-frequent marginalization of people from these communities. So it was with hope and a strong conviction that GRIS can really make a difference that Tatiana chose to get involved this year.
Participating in classroom interventions since 2012, I have been able to see the difference that each encounter can have in the lives of young people, regardless of their orientation or gender identity, by demystifying an often taboo subject and putting a face and experience on our reality. I have also been able to see, over the years, the changes in society's mentality and the work we still have to do. It is a privilege for me to join, for an eleventh year, a team of men and women committed to making a difference in the fight against homophobia, transphobia, intolerance and ignorance that still exist. I invite you to generously support us.