Just prior to the July borough council meeting, Molson Canadian presented awards to five LaSalle residents with “great Canadian characters” as part of their year-long award campaign for Canada’s 150th birthday.
“We are so proud of our local people who are making a difference in the world,” said LaSalle Mayor Manon Barbe as she accepted a photo of the top of Mount Everest from Langlois.
François Langlois, Larry Burns, Littorio Del Signore, Gurdev Grewal and Suzanne Pedicelli all received a crate with beer and beer glasses in honour of their outstanding contributions to the community. Langlois uses outdoor adventure to raise money for charity. Burns volunteers 30 hours a week or more for the LaSalle minor football association. Del Signore is an Impressionist Artist whose work has been recognized here and in Italy. Grewal is an active volunteer for the Punjabi Association of Quebec. Pedicelli has spent almost four decades actively volunteering for the Special Olympics of the Southwestern Quebec Region.
The five were among 150 Canadians the company plans to honour this year.
In addition to receiving the crate, Langlois also received a red personalized beer fridge presented to him by Maria Henriquez from Molson Canadian’s corporate office.
The gift recognizes his distinction as the third Quebecker to reach of the top of Everest. He’s also among 300 climbers around the world to have climbed the highest summit in each continent. Through his adventures, he raised more than $6 million for charities, including the Charles-Bruneau Foundation, Children Haven International, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Asia’s Hope Foundation.
Some fifty people attended the award ceremony, which took about 40 minutes.