History and Mission of the Camille-Marcoux Foundation
Following the accidental death of Dr. Camille Marcoux in 1973, his parents and friends set up a foundation with the aim of perpetuating his generosity to the area and people of the Lower North Shore.
An initial capital of $15,000 was put together. Subsequently, the founding members dispersed, making it difficult to operate the Foundation. However, its activities really took off in 1979 when a Board of Directors was formed, made up of Lower North Shore residents.
In January 1995, the Camille-Marcoux Foundation broadened its role to become the official foundation of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Basse-Côte-Nord. It therefore now has a social health role in addition to encouraging educational achievement through scholarship grants.
Since then, a number of scholarships between $300 and $750 each have been awarded to Lower North Shore students. The Foundation has also provided equipment to help users of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Basse-Côte-Nord, including home-care equipment.
The primary objective of the Foundation is to develop education and social health on the Lower North Shore. More precisely, its mission is to:
- Support the development of human resources on the Lower North Shore by awarding scholarship grants in recognition of educational excellence;
- Support the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Basse-Côte-Nord in its projects aimed at improving services to users;
- Procure, for the purposes set out above, funds and other assets through subscriptions and donations;
- Receive donations, legacies or other similar contributions as money, securities or real estate, manage these donations, legacies and contributions as well as organize subscription drives, all in pursuit of the objectives set out above.