Beaconsfield residents put their McHappy Day funds towards KIZMET Centre


by Rhonda Massad

Beaconsfield residents Frédéric and Gail Cassir, owners of six McDonald’s restaurants in the West Island and Saint-Laurent, announced today that proceeds from McHappy Day will go to the KIZMET Centre.

Every year the philanthropic couple choose a local charity that will benefit the children in our community. The KIZMET Centre will be a young child-parent centre planned for a disadvantaged area in Sainte-Geneviève.

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“McHappy Day will give us the visibility that KIZMET so desperately needs,” said KIZMET leader Natalie Chapman, “while adding a crucial shot in the arm towards raising the remaining 950,000$ of our $1.7M goal.”

“The Cassirs are showing their support for vulnerable children and families – right here on the West Island – by endorsing our planned centre that will focus on kids in their most important early years. We’re absolutely thrilled,” she stated.

It will be an extra special celebration this year

As always, on May 3,  McDonald’s will be donating $1 to build the KIZMET Centre for each Big Mac, Happy Meal, and hot McCafe beverage sold.

Some extraordinary activities will be taking place at the restaurants, including an exhibit of fantasy cars (including replicas of the Ghostbusters car, a Jurassic Park jeep, and the time-travelling Delorean from the Back To The Future), a visit from Ronald McDonald himself, as well as visits from giant Rabbids rabbits from the Centre d’amusement Les Lapins Crétins, and pop-up musical performances.

The six McDonald’s restaurants generously supporting the KIZMET Centre at this year’s McHappy Day are located at 3600 SaintJean and 1325 Transcanadienne in Dollard-des-Ormeaux; 4928 des Sources and 3882 Saint-Charles in Pierrefonds-Roxboro; 3131 Côte-Vertu (Place Vertu) and 3330 Côte-Vertu (Spheretech) in Saint-Laurent.

About the KIZMET Centre

Building the KIZMET Centre, a new non-profit family resource centre and community hub, will create a superior parenting resource to serve a needy population of the West Island, in and around Sainte-Geneviève. ere are no community resources available on the West Island dedicated to the healthy development of children under 6, though many exist elsewhere in Quebec. With WIAIH’s decades of expertise helping vulnerable families, the KIZMET Centre will serve all West Island families and their babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Planned services include infant stimulation, early literacy, parent-child drop-in, support groups and info sessions. WIAIH, one of Quebec’s largest community organizations, has worked for 60 years to improve the lives of people living with an intellectual disability or
autism and to support their families. Now, by building the new KIZMET Centre, WIAIH is set to help all local families with young children.