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Desjardins donates $1 million to Kids Help Phone

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Toronto, ON (September 12, 2022)Desjardins has supported Kids Help Phone for over 30 years and today announced a $1 million gift, the organization’s largest donation to Kids Help Phone yet. The funds will be directed to the highest priority needs at Kids Help Phone to support youth mental health, starting with the Back-to-School Campaign powered by Desjardins.

Back-to-school is a time where Kids Help Phone sees high demand, coupled with heightened feelings of stress and anxiety. This transitional time is difficult for students, as well as parents, caregivers and educators. The donation from Desjardins will support people of all ages, but particularly youth to navigate this time of uncertainty.

“We are so grateful to Desjardins for this transformational gift, an incredible example of their enduring commitment to young peoples’ mental health and well-being,” said Katherine Hay, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. “Today, they take their support to a new level to show youth from coast to coast to coast that there is a place to turn to for anything, big or small, and at any hour of the day. As we return to school admidst an ongoing pandemic, Desjardins is investing in the supports that will ensure that youth and the adults who care about them have a space to feel safe, supported and heard.”

“Right now, our youth are paying a high price in society. Not only throughout the pandemic but their inheritance of the challenges we face today. That’s why Desjardins must invest in our youth, we must support young people. To help them dream, to encourage them, to be there when they need us and to act,” said Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins. “We’re proud to be partnering with Kids Help Phone, who shares our vision of helping youth reach their full potential.”

Desjardins continues to create tremendous impact for the young people of Canada by building stronger communities and investing in their education, health and well-being through its Together For Our Youth program. This partnership is in alignment with Desjardins and its focus on promoting academic success. To read more about the organization’s impact, visit:

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