McHappy day celebrates 25 years of giving back to the community


by Rhonda Massad

McHappy day was celebrated across the country for 25 years of supporting the community.  Here on the West Island six locations owned by Fred and Gail Cassir proudly donated all proceeds from McHappy Day to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the West Island (BBBSWI)

We are so grateful to owners Fred and Gail Cassir for supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the West Island for the second year in a row,” said BBBSWI’s Executive Director Francesca Corso. “The funds raised through McHappy Day are essential in allowing BBBSWI to provide our much needed services to the community for free.”

At lunchtime the Cassirs were on hand to greet the crowd that gathered to support their community.  There was a noticeable presence from the local Police and Fire Department as well as media and local politicians and long time big brother and radio personality Terry DiMonte.

McHappy Day , West Island, Gail and Fred Cassir, Rhonda Massad, McDonalds, Justin Cassir
Fred Cassir with son Justin

Commander Sylvain Doucet of Station 4 in Dollard Des Ormeaux said “This is our sector and we come out every year to support the cause, it gives us a chance to interact with the community in a pleasant setting while supporting a great cause.”

Fred Cassir told the West Island Blog that it is a privilege to be able to give back to the community.

“This is the 25th year of McHappy Day and it is all about the kids,” Fred Cassir Said.  “All the money being raised across the country will be for kids in need.  We help our own community at our locations. Whatever we take in will go straight back to the community.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the West Island is a great cause, one of the many we have supported over the years.”

More information about BBBSWI can be found at



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