The Montreal Community Cares foundation recently hosted its annual MCC Awards night to recognize and acclaim 14 recipients who embody the foundation’s purposes and have sparked a change in their communities. MCC founder Denburk Reid set the tone in stating, “At the Foundation,we look around us and see that now — more than ever — the world needs us to come together in the spirit of love, inclusion and peace. to recognize that our differences do makes us richer, and our humanity makes us one people.”
The evening was focussed on empowering youth to “be the spark” and contribute in promoting community togetherness and harmony. This event highlighted the essence of MCC’s mission, which is to promote peace building efforts and embrace diversity as an essential component of societal advancement.
The co-chairs of this year’s MCC awards, Brian Bronfman of the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation and James Officer, Director of McGill Explorations Camp and former Head of the St. George’s School of Montreal, reiterated the importance of supporting programs funded by MCC to encourage youth involvement to better the community and ultimately, accomplish its mission for the broader community.
The 2018 MCC Award recipients were: Alberto Syllion, Brian O’Connell and Liane Berry who received the Community Leadership Award; Bruny Surin was awarded the Pro-Athlete Community Engagement Award; Isabel Szollosy, Jane Szollosy, Melina Siles and Lashanda Skerritt were presented with the Community Leadership Award at the High school level; the Montreal City Mission and Trails of Summer Day Camp got the Community Organization Award; the Priory School Teachers and Students received the Community Leadership Award at the Elementary school level; Rocco Speranza was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Ulysse Rose and Ala-Malak Mekdad took home the Student Athlete Award.
This year’s MCC Awards partners included CTV, the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, CJAD 800, the Peace Network for Social Harmony, and St JAX MTL.