On November 27, the Saint-Anicet Golf Club was recognized at the Gala Méritas 2022, organized by the Association of Golf Clubs of Quebec, where it earned the award for Innovative Idea of 2022. This was given to them in response to the work they have been doing to help refugees from Ukraine in our area.
Marc Faubert was one of the main organizers of this initiative. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the club has been trying to find ways to give back to the community. In 2020, the golf course become a winter trail where people could come cross-country ski for free. In 2021, it organized weeks where healthcare workers could come to the course and play for free to thank them for their work as we navigated the pandemic.
This year, the focus was on raising money to help Ukrainian refugees settle into the Valley. Faubert explains: “We could have given it to the Red Cross or the Ukrainian church, but we decided to get in touch with a social worker to directly help the families who have fled Ukraine and are hoping for a Canadian Visa, and have moved.” They have raised 14,000$ to date for these families.
The golf club didn’t just work alone; it had partners. For example, in August it partnered with La Brasserie Moosehead. For each donation made to the initiative of over ten dollars, the donor was given a Moosehead product for free. This really encouraged people to step up and donate.
Faubert explains that receiving the honour from the association was very fulfilling. He says, “When we got the award it was validating because there were people who recognized that at some point this year, a golf club took the time and asked what they could do for the community.”