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Involvement in the community

The caisse understands the challenges and issues facing its members. With their support, it can provide its fellow citizens with valuable help regarding initiatives aimed at common betterment and the advancement of society.

Your caisse supports local and regional initiatives in various areas.

Sponsorship application form - This link will open in a new window. (PDF, 378 KB)

Marie-Élise Trottier, communications advisor at Caisse populaire Trillium, Anne-Marie White, director of Théâtre du Trillium, Josianne Lavoie, head of partnerships and development at Théâtre du Trillium, and Johanne Labrie, communications advisor at Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision d'Ottawa

Jointly with Caisse populaire Trillium, the Caisse donated $4,000 to Théâtre du Trillium for #PigeonsAffamés. The play, based on a contemporary performing fresco, will be presented at the biannual Zones théâtrales in September 2015 and at La Nouvelle Scène in 2016.

 

Sylvie Bouchard, teacher, Johanne Labrie, communications advisor at Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision d'Ottawa and Dany Boisvert, principal of École Horizon-Jeunesse

The Caisse donated $150 to École élémentaire Horizon-Jeunesse for the end-of-year field trip to Quebec City for grade 6 students.

 

Johanne Cayouette, manager of youth programs at the Vanier Community Service Centre, Helena Arruda, director of the Vanier Community Service Centre and Johanne Labrie, communications advisor at Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision d'Ottawa

Jointly with Caisse populaire Trillium, the Caisse donated $5,000 to the Vanier Community Service Centre to support a French-speaking day camp for children ages 6 to 12 in the Vanier neighbourhood. The day camp will take place at école Horizon-Jeunesse from June 29 to August 7, 2015.

 

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On May 27, 2015, 18 Desjardins employees participated in the Big Bike event, which raised $3,500 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

See the press release (in French only, PDF, 219 KB).

 

See the 2014 cooperative difference report: Bilan de la distinction coopérative 2014 (in French only, PDF, 3.79 MB) - This link will open in a new window..

Education

  • Centre Jules-Léger
  • Collège catholique Franco-Ouest
  • Dictée Richelieu Laporte
  • Ottawa School of Art
  • École secondaire catholique Franco-cité
  • École secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers
  • Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO)
  • Desjardins Foundation
  • Fondation Jean-Claude Bergeron
  • La Cité
  • Festival Théâtre Action en milieu scolaire
  • University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management
  • Saint Paul University

Cooperation

  • The Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa

Health and healthy lifestyles

  • Centre Pauline-Charron
  • Ottawa Hospital Foundation
  • Montfort Hospital Foundation
  • Retraite en Action

Culture

  • Association acadienne de la région capitale nationale (AARN)
  • Centre d'artistes Voix Visuelle
  • Cercle Saint-François d'Assise
  • AOE Arts Council
  • Curd Festival
  • Les Contes nomades
  • Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans (MIFO)
  • Vanier Museopark
  • Tara Luz Danse
  • Théatre de Dehors – Les z'Aventures de Zozotte
  • Théatre la Catapulte

Economic development

  • Entraide budgétaire Ottawa

Humanitarian causes and comunnity services

  • Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF)
  • Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne (AFFC)
  • Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario (ACFO)
  • Association de la presse francophone (APF)
  • Association pour l'intégration sociale d'Ottawa (AISO)
  • Association Richelieu Fondateur
  • United Way
  • Centre de services à la famille
  • Vanier Community Service Centre
  • Lower Community Resource Centre
  • Centre espoir Sophie
  • Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East (CAG)
  • Council on Aging of Ottawa
  • Maple Sugar Festival
  • Fondation du Centre de services Guigues
  • Institut canadien-français d'Ottawa
  • Patro d'Ottawa
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Union culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes (UCFO)

The Caisse has a help fund that serves to redistribute a portion of the cooperative's surplus earnings to the community. Following a proposal by the Board of Directors, members decide, during the Annual General Meeting, what portion of the surplus earnings will be paid into the help fund. With the help of their caisse, members can support causes that are important to them.

The members who sit on the Board of Directors manage the help fund. Every year, they report on the fund during the Annual General Meeting.

The Community Development Fund supports:

  • the socio-economic development of communities
  • the development of cooperation
  • mutual assistance
  • democracy and associative affairs
  • cooperative, economic and financial education

Through the Community Development Fund, the Caisse contributes to the betterment of the community by supporting initiatives and projects that contribute to community development and have a real short-, medium- and long-term impact.

The Community Development Fund is made up of the Caisse's surplus earnings at the end of its fiscal year. It is voted on by members during the Annual General Meeting and is a key community development tool.

In 2014, the Caisse distributed $55,890 in donations and sponsorships and supported the following organizations:

Coopérative multiservices francophone d'Ottawa-Ouest
$10,000
Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, in collaboration with Caisse populaire Trillium
$50,000
Personal Finance: I'm in Charge, in collaboration with caisses of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario
$100,000

Personal Finance: I'm in Charge, in collaboration with caisses of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario (PDF, 189 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

Partnership between Desjardins and the EBO financial education centre

Gérald Cossette (second from the left), president of the EBO financial education centre, surrounded by Desjardins representatives from Ontario-based caisses populaires, at the launch of the Personal Finance: I’m in Charge financial education program
Gérald Cossette (second from the left), president of the EBO financial education centre, surrounded by Desjardins representatives from Ontario-based caisses populaires, at the launch of the Personal Finance: I’m in Charge financial education program

The Desjardins Mutual Assistance Funds were created in 2001 following Desjardins Group's 100th anniversary celebrations. They remind us of Alphonse Desjardins's commitment to get people to adopt sound management habits and prevent loansharking. They are inspired by community initiatives and Desjardins caisses that promote the financial education of consumers.

The EBO financial education centre is the largest non-profit community organization in Ottawa that aims, with a human approach, in an impartial and confidential way and in both official languages, to make its clientele more financially independent and give them a better quality of life through sound personal finance planning and management.

Why?

  • To support people and families who are having financial problems and are committed to helping themselves.
  • To prevent indebtedness and reliance on businesses that engage in predatory lending.

How?

A meeting allows you to:

  • get access to a free budget counselling session to help you better plan and manage your personal budget, assess your financial situation and find solutions that are tailored to your needs
  • get, if this option is one of the chosen solutions, a small, interest-free loan with payment terms tailored to your repayment capacity

For whom?

To be eligible for a loan, you must:

  • be referred by a community organization or a Desjardins caisse
  • be a person with low income
  • agree to start a budget management counselling process
  • request the loan for an unexpected expense that is deemed an essential need
  • have the capacity to repay the loan
  • be a member of a participating Desjardins caisse or accept to become one

The Desjardins Mutual Assistance Fund is the result of a unique partnership between Desjardins, its 2 Ottawa-area caisses populaires (Rideau-Vision and Trillium) and EBO. Since 2008, the Desjardins Mutual Assistance Fund has awarded dozens of interest-free loans to people and families who have urgent needs. The loans now total over $36,000, which represents twice the original capital. And since 2015, 2 EBO trainers who are accredited by Desjardins are travelling through Ottawa and eastern Ontario to offer the Personal Finance: I'm in Charge financial education program modules to young francophones between the ages of 16 and 25, mainly in the region's 3 francophone school boards.

Marie-Élise Trottier, from Caisse populaire Trillium, Johanne Labrie, from Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision, and Lise Malette, from Caisse populaire Trillium, all of whom are members of the organization committee
Marie-Élise Trottier, from Caisse populaire Trillium, Johanne Labrie, from Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision, and Lise Malette, from Caisse populaire Trillium, all of whom are members of the organization committee

Festival de la St-Jean Ottawa

Ottawa-area Desjardins caisses (Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision and Caisse populaire Trillium) were the main sponsors of Festival de la St-Jean Ottawa, held on June 20, 2015, at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre park. An activity highlighting the benefits of being a Desjardins member was organized. Volunteer employees from both caisses handed out 200 coupons of $5 each to Desjardins members who showed their Desjardins Access Card and promotional items were given to children.

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