The La Capitale Foundation announces winners of the second ShineBEYOND prizes

From left to right : Marie-Josée Guérette, La Capitale ; Michel Hamelin, jury member ; Jeanne-Louise Dufresne, Fadoq-Laurentides ; Geneviève Neault, Arche le Printemps ; Geneviève Moutquin, Arche le Printemps ; Colette Gosselin, MGPV ; Claudia-Lynn Pelletier, Clinique d’orthophonie sociale de Québec ; Francine Goyette, MGPV ; Marie-Joëlle Langevin, Autisme Québec ; Lili Plourde, Autisme Québec ; Yves Perron, jury member ; Marie-Josée Veilleux, jury member ; Karine Breton, La Capitale Foundation.

February 27, 2019 – The La Capitale Foundation is proud to announce the winning projects of the second edition of the ShineBEYOND prizes, an initiative that aims to finance projects related to each of the Foundation’s causes: autism, intellectual disability and vulnerable seniors. New this year, an intergenerational project was also awarded a cash prize.

Launched on November 1, 2017, the ShineBEYOND prizes generated considerable interest throughout Quebec. The jury has made its selections from among the many quality projects that were submitted in each category. Three projects stood out from the rest, winning $25,000 each toward the completion of the projects. A fourth category was added this year: intergenerational projects, with an award of $15,000.

“The quality and value of the projects that we received made us realize just how committed all the people and organizations are toward the community. I would like to thank every organization that took the time to submit a project, and congratulations to the winners! Your efforts will make a real difference in your areas,” said Maire-Josée Guérette, Vice-President of Public Affairs and Corporate Outreach at La Capitale. 

The winning projects

In the autism category, Autisme Québec (

will open the first ever day camp specializing in speech therapy in 2019. Born as a result of ideas put forth by Autisme Québec and the Clinique d’orthophonie sociale de Québec, the two organizations will provide, for a very affordable price, a specialized summer day camp that would foster the growth of autistic children through leisure and by developing their communications skills. This innovative model could then be used in other regions.

By receiving this donation in the the intellectual disability category, L’Arche le Printemps ( will be better equipped to respond to the needs of the Bellechasse region by developing a new respite home for families living with an adult affected by an intellectual disability. The new home will give 20 families an opportunity to take advantage of precious moments of respite. Meanwhile, the individuals affected by this disability will have access to an environment adapted to their needs, which is close to nature. L’Arche Le Printemp is the lone L’Arche Canada community located in a rural area.

In the vulnerable seniors category, FADOQ–Laurentides (, in collaboration with Les Serres de Clara and des-Studios high school, will develop the garden tray project. This project will allow seniors with modest means residing in low-rent housing or non-profit organization housing in the city of Mirabel and the MRCs in the Laurentians region to socialize by gardening, taking part in a physical activity and eating a healthier diet. Raised gardening trays will allow everyone to take care of the plants and break out of their isolation regardless of the status of their health.

Lastly, an intergenerational prize was awarded this year to La Maison des Grands-Parents de Villeray (

This project aims to pair a teenager or a young adult who has resided in a youth centre with a senior citizen, who then becomes his or her “second” grand-parent. This match-up provides the youth with a place to exchange and share ideas, have some fun and get a sense of involvement that is outside of his or her rehabilitation routine. Many of the youngsters continue their relationship with the senior when they become adults, thereby creating a bridge between the generations.

The third edition of the La Capitale Foundation’s ShineBEYOND Call for Project will take place in the fall of 2019.

In line with La Capitale’s values of social commitment and responsibility and its people-first attitude, the company donated $1.8M to more than 200 organizations in Quebec and across Canada in 2018, through its La Capitale Foundation. The Foundation’s objective is to improve the quality of life for individuals, in particular those with autism or an intellectual disability as well as vulnerable seniors.

For information and to view the project announcement videos:

About La Capitale

La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, created in 1940, has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,740 employees and guided by the values of mutualism on which it was founded, La Capitale works with clients to build, protect and value what they feel counts for their financial security. It offers insurance products and financial services to the general public as well as to Quebec public service employees. With assets of $7.1 billion, La Capitale occupies a choice position among leading insurers in Canada. Given the key social and economic role La Capitale plays, it is proud to contribute to the progress and well-being of the whole community through the La Capitale Foundation.

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