Tribute to Dorimène Desjardins

Tribute to Dorimène Desjardins (1 min 35 s)

Added on October 1, 2021

Our co-founder, Dorimène Desjardins, played a key role in establishing and running the first caisse in Lévis. Without her, Desjardins Group probably would not exist.

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Tribute to Dorimène Desjardins (1 min 35 s)

Added on October 1, 2021 | Desjardins Group

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[Background music]

[A photograph of Dorimène Desjardins appears.]

[On-screen text: Dorimène Desjardins]

Dorimène Desjardins made her mark on history.

[A photo of Dorimène and Alphonse Desjardins is shown, followed by a shot of a 1935 newspaper article about Caisse Populaire Desjardins with a photo of Dorimène. The following pictures are then shown in quick succession: Dorimène sitting at a desk with an open book in front of her, Dorimène at a caisse counter and Dorimène at different periods in her life.]

Rather uncommon at the time, she worked alongside and not in the shadow of a great man, helping to establish the foundation of what would become the Desjardins Cooperative model, and cutting the path to the place that women still hold today at the heart of Desjardins Group.

[Photos of the family home and of Dorimène Desjardins' obituary are displayed. We see a shot of a Caisse Populaire employee handing bills to a customer.]

From the first assembly held in the family home in 1900 until her death in 1932, her accomplishments were so substantial that she's considered the co-founder of the Caisse Populaire.

[We see a photo of Alphonse Desjardins sitting at his desk and another photo of two employees and a client at a Caisse Populaire counter.]

Over three years, while her husband was in Ottawa for work, Dorimène was the acting manager of the Caisse de Lévis.

[We see a clip of a customer exiting the Caisse Populaire de Lévis. A handwritten letter from Dorimène is shown.]

Where major letters, speeches and decisions were concerned, she was considered as the top advisor to Alphonse Desjardins.

[We see a poster featuring the members of the first board of directors of the Caisse Populaire de Lévis.]

The board of directors also lauded her intelligence, judgement and fierce determination.

[On-screen text: Judgement, determination, intelligence]

[We see a photo of Dorimène holding a child and a photo of her with two other women and a girl.]

As a partner in both life and endeavours, Alphonse admired Dorimène's strength. And rightly so.

[Two photos of Dorimène and Alphonse Desjardins side by side are shown.]

She didn't just support her husband because it was expected at the time. She did it out of conviction, because the cooperative model reflected her values of solidarity and mutual assistance.

[We see a shot of the Caisse Populaire Desjardins celebrating its 50th anniversary. Two pictures, one of Dorimène and one of Alphonse, hang from the building's facade. Next, we see four people standing in front of the Caisse Populaire de Lévis.]

Even after her husband's death, Dorimène held fast to his dream of creating a federation and a central caisse.

[A group of people are gathered in front of the Caisse Populaire to commemorate Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins.]

Without her, the Desjardins Group would most likely not exist.

[We see a photo of Dorimène Desjardins.]

It is with great pride that we continue the work of a great woman every day.

[On-screen text: Merci]

Merci, Dorimène Desjardins.

[On-screen logo: Desjardins logo]

[Background music: Desjardins jingle]

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