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Fondation Arthur-Pigeon announces new partnership with Desjardins

The Fondation Arthur-Pigeon is partnering with the Caisse Desjardins du Haut-Saint-Laurent to provide bursaries for graduating students, as well as funding for artistic and cultural initiatives, sports programs, infrastructure projects, and educational outreach.

The local Desjardins branch has announced it will contribute $15,000 over the next three years to the Foundation, which supports the Huntingdon-based high school École Arthur-Pigeon (EAP).

“This collaboration is the fruit of hard work and a shared vision for the future of education,” said Félix Lacroix, the foundation’s president and treasurer.

“Together, we have taken a decisive step that will enable us to give back significant sums to students, supporting their educational journey and paving the way for new opportunities,” added Lacroix, who graduated from EAP in 2013.

Lacroix confirms the foundation applied to Desjardins’ Programme Tous engagés pour la jeunesse (Together for our Youth program) for funding. As a result, several bursaries totalling $2,000 annually will be awarded in Desjardins’ name during the Gala des Frontaliers and the Soirée d’honneur graduation ceremony.

The Fondation Arthur-Pigeon was first created in 1988 by Jean Beauchamp, a former director general of the Huntingdon school board. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to students.

Lacroix recently spearheaded an effort to revamp the foundation with the help of a supportive board of directors. Late last year, the foundation unveiled a new logo, website, and social media pages, along with a new partnership program.

Lacroix says that in the past the foundation has focused more specifically on helping graduates, but the new partnership program and funding from Desjardins will allow it to do much more to support the Haut-Saint-Laurent student community.

More information, as well as an online donation form, is available at www.fondationap.com.

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