The La Capitale Foundation announces winners of the third ShineBEYOND prizes

Pictured, left to right: Jocelyn Beausoleil, La Capitale, Bertine Jean-Glouzon, ACEFO, Stéphanie Dubois, RCCG, Josée Poirier-Defoy, RCCG, Josée Gorman, ACEFO, Laurie Lhéreault, école secondaire Roger-Comtois, Catherine Bechdolff, ACEFO, Andrée Tousignant, école secondaire Roger-Comtois, Katérie Vigeant, RT21, Sarah-Élizabeth Meehan, RT21, Geneviève Labrecque, RT21, Louis Harel-Richard, RT21, Jean St-Gelais, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, La Capitale Insurance and Financial services

February 27, 2020 – The La Capitale Foundation is proud to announce the winning projects of the third 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. And for a second consecutive year, an intergenerational project was also selected.

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. Four projects stood out from the rest, winning $25,000 each toward the completion of the projects.

“Year after year, we are delighted with the quality and relevance of the projects that are submitted. This is a true testament to how committed all the organizations and people who work or volunteer their time are toward the community. La Capitale is proud to highlight this type of commitment by helping to make these projects become a reality. I would like to thank every organization that took the time to submit a project, and congratulations to the winners! “ - Jean St-Gelais, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services

The winning projects

In the autism category, Roger-Comtois High School in Quebec City will be able to launch a new project for autistic teens enrolled in the UNIK program. Dubbed Mise en mouvement (Teens in motion), it offers paid internships to 24 youngsters aged 13 to 16 to help them develop social and professional skills. On the program: job interviews, workshops that prepare them for the workplace and job market experience.

Throughout the eight-week journey, specialized educators are there to guide the participants, and 20 job shadowing sessions are also offered. Both the employers and the interns can expect an enriching, real-life experience. (

Under the intellectual disability category, Le regroupement pour la trisomie 21 (Down syndrome group) will now be able to offer a more diversified range of services through its Montréal Estival (summer in Montreal) project. This project aims to organize free summer excursions for young adults with Down Syndrome. Accompanied by various care providers and volunteers, participants visit different spots in the summer such as museums, parks, festivals, etc. As they take part in these activities, they form new bonds and share their discoveries while their loved ones can enjoy a little break. To everyone’s delight, the ShineBEYOND prize received this year will allow even more young adults to take advantage of this program next summer. (

In the vulnerable seniors category, the Association coopérative d’économie familiale de l’Outaouais (ACEFO) has been working for over 50 years to protect consumer rights. Its PALEF project, which helps seniors feel independent and become financially self-sufficient, presents a play called Comptes en souffrance : au-delà des mots, les maux, to help seniors cope with financial fraud. The target audience is made up of isolated and vulnerable seniors from the area. Local visits to rural areas, conferences and meetings over coffee are also set up to broach the delicate subject of financial abuse among seniors. The goal is to prepare them to recognize and prevent fraud. (

Lastly, an intergenerational prize was awarded to community kitchens working together in Gatineau for Collation pour tous (Snacks for all)!  This community kitchen project bridges the gap between students and seniors from three underprivileged neighbourhoods. They prepare nutritious snacks using unsold fruits and vegetables. Autistic youths contribute to the project by sorting through the foodstuffs, which is picked up daily at a grocer, and by helping the volunteers in the kitchen. Any leftovers are given to community organizations. Thanks to the ShineBEYOND prize, the project can be extended to include a fourth neighbourhood. The initiative contributes to the well-being of its various participants and the community as a whole by supporting the local economy and reducing food waste. ( 

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 220 organizations in Quebec and across Canada in 2019, 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 about the winning projects:

About La Capitale

La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, created in 1940, has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,686 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 $7.4 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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