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Resolute Celebrates Community-Minded Students 

Marie-Ève Girard (right), co-founder of Fondation Leski and Forces AVENIR award recipient with Louis Bouchard, vice president, Public Affairs – Quebec and Wood Products, Resolute.

Can students achieve academic success while making meaningful contributions to their communities? Inspiring students from across Quebec prove it’s possible and are recognized for their accomplishments at the annual Forces AVENIR awards gala. Resolute has been a proud sponsor of the awards program since 2011, donating approximately $25,000 each year to the Fondation Forces AVENIR.

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the organization’s university-level program. The 2023 award winners were honored at a gala in Québec City on September 26. Louis Bouchard, Resolute’s vice president, Public Affairs – Quebec and Wood Products, presented the Personality – Graduate award to Marie-Ève Girard. The award is given to a graduate student balancing academic excellence with engagement in personal or social projects. 

(From l. to r.): Pauline Marois, chair, Fondation Forces AVENIR; Louis Bouchard, vice president, Public Affairs – Quebec and Wood Products, Resolute; and François Grégoire, president and CEO, Forces AVENIR.

Ms. Girard embodies conscious, active and responsible community engagement. She co-founded the Fondation Leski to bring the benefits of service dogs to people living with mental illness, autism or trauma. Her work allows her to combine her love of dogs with a desire to support those who are suffering. Thanks to her efforts, more than 100 families have received over 600 hours of canine assistance. Ms. Girard also serves on the board of directors of Matinées Mères-enfants, an organization supporting new parents and offering a welcoming meeting space, and takes in Ukrainian refugees to help them integrate into their communities. Additionally, Ms. Girard works as a digital business management advisor with the director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions. 

Resolute is pleased to join Forces AVENIR in recognizing Ms. Girard and her fellow honorees.  

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