Four years after the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, Colette Roy Laroche, former Mayor of the municipality, testifies to the support and solidarity received following the tragedy of July 6th, which left 47 people dead.
That is why she has agreed to act as an ambassador for the 2017 Philanthropic Culture Summit in Montreal in November, with the theme “Philanthropic Culture in the Heart of the City”
“From the worst sometimes the best. Even though some of the injuries are still vivid, the balm on the heart received by the citizens of Lac-Mégantic has undoubtedly enabled our community to recover more quickly, “she said in a document obtained by La Tribune. “From the very beginning of the tragedy, our city has received considerable support in the form of encouragement, support and solidarity.”
“At the beginning, this aid was manifested more by human support, support to the municipality and the citizens, and then we had a great deal of solidarity through donations from the entire population. A campaign was set up by the Red Cross and this financial support allowed us to help our citizens to relocate, to relocate, to live during the first weeks and to meet their urgent needs, the first needs. ”
Ms. Roy-Laroche is still touched and even surprised by the wave of solidarity from all over Quebec, but also from several places around the world at the time.
“Solidarity was then transformed into a mode of healing. The citizens of Lac-Mégantic, beneficiaries of all the help provided, have transformed themselves into donors of time to help their city to rise with the idea of improving the quality of life of citizens, “she said.
“The residents of Lac-Mégantic were already woven tight but the advent of this disaster amplified the will to serve citizens. We lived it, for example, with the relocation of the library which had been razed to the ground by the flames. ”
For the former Mayor who has become a symbol of the resilience of the Méganticois, there is no doubt that the commitment of citizens to participate in the life of the municipality is fundamental to fuel the vitality of their environment.
“I’ve discovered that philanthropy is not about giving money, it’s giving away time, it’s getting involved,” she says.
“Four years later, to see citizens with many young people getting involved and wanting to make their living environment a more lively and welcoming space, it gives us confidence in the future.”
Mallet The Institute for the Advancement of philanthropic culture organizes the 3 th Summit on the philanthropic culture to be held on 14 and 15 November next to the Palais des congrès in Montreal, with speakers and speakers from all sectors, by And the international. www.institutmallet.org , www.sommet2017.org