May 21, 2009 (Montreal, QC) – Mr. Alain Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades Inc. revealed the names of the 13 athletes who will share $59,000 in bursaries for the fifth edition of the Cascades Bursary Program, administrated by the Foundation. Cascades launched its program in 2005 in collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. The priority of the company is to support very young promising athletes from all over the province and to help them to achieve the international level.
“Physical activity was always an integral part of Cascades’ philosophy. It goes without saying that we have continued our commitment to young QuÃ©bec athletes with aspirations for the future. This year, we are happy to continue supporting 11 former bursary recipients and welcome two new athletes to the Bursary Program, named EugÃ©nie Bouchard in tennis, and MikaÃ«l Kingsbury in freesyle skiing–moguls,” said Alain Lemaire.
This year’s recipients, aged between 12 and 23 years old are, in summer sports:
Elisabeth Abanda (tennis), bronze medallist in single at the 2009 Indoor National Championships U-16; her sister FranÃ§oise Abanda (tennis), 2009 Indoor National Champion in single U-14; EugÃ©nie Bouchard (tennis), 2009 Indoor National Champion in single U-18; Olympian Ã‰milie Fournel (canoe/kayak sprint) who finished 10th on the K-4 500m at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games; RaphaÃ«l GagnÃ© (cycling/mountain bike) who finished 7th at the 2008 World Championships U-23; Marianne Hogan (triathlon) who finished 17th at the 2008 Junior World Championships and Marianne Jodoin (tennis), silver medallist at the 2009 Indoor National Championships in single U-18.
In winter sports : BÃ©atrice Bilodeau (freestyle skiing–moguls) who won three gold medals in single at the 2009 Canadian Series; Alex Harvey (cross country skiing), bronze medallist at the 50km classic at the 2009 World Cup in Norway; MikaÃ«l Kingsbury (freestyle skiing–moguls) who finished 4th on the 2008 NorAm circuit at Mont-Gabriel; ValÃ©rie Lambert (short track speed skating) who finished 6th on 500m at the 2009 World Cup in Germany; Olympian Jean-Philippe Le Guellec (biathlon) who finished 7th on the men’s 12.5 km pursuit at the 2009 World Cup in Italy and Justine L’Heureux (long track speed skating) who finished 2nd overall at the 2008 Junior World Championships.
Mr. Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence is extremely pleased with Cascades’ renewed support. “Cascades bursary recipients still distinguish themselves on the international scene year after year. It confirms the need, the importance and the credibility of the Cascades Bursary Program which focuses on very promising, young and often unknown athletes all over Quebec.”
Recipients of the 2009 Cascades Bursary Program
13 athletes will share $59,000 (in alphabetical order)
Name, Age, Sport, Amount, Residence
– Elisabeth Abanda 15 Tennis $4,000 Montreal
– FranÃ§oise Abanda 12 Tennis $4,000 Montreal
– Beatrice Bilodeau 15 Freestyle skiing–moguls $4,000 RosemÃ¨re
– EugÃ©nie Bouchard 15 Tennis $5,000 Montreal
– Ã‰milie Fournel 22 Canoe/kayak sprint $5,000 Dorval
– RaphaÃ«l GagnÃ© 21 Cycling/mountain bike $5,000 Lac Beauport
– Alex Harvey 20 Cross country skiing $5,000 St-FÃ©rrÃ©ol-les-Neiges
– Marianne Hogan 18 Triathlon $4,000 Bedford
– Marianne Jodoin 16 Tennis $4,000 Varennes
– MikaÃ«l Kingsbury 16 Freestyle skiing–moguls $4,000 Deux-Montagnes
– ValÃ©rie Lambert 20 Speed skating (short track) $5,000 Sherbrooke
– Jean-Philippe Le Guellec 23 Biathlon $5,000 Quebec
– Justine L’Heureu 20 Speed skating (long track) $5,000 Saint-Tite
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, transforms and markets packaging and tissue products. Cascades employs more than 14,000 employees who work in more than 100 modern, flexible production units located in North America and Europe. Cascades’ management philosophy, its more than 40 years of experience in recycling, and its continued efforts in research and development are strengths which enable the company to create new products for its customers and offer its shareholders higher returns. The Cascades shares trade on the Toronto stock exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.
About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The mission of the Foundation is to financially support and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence and to promote athletes as role models in Quebec society. During 2009, the Foundation will distribute $600,000 to student-athletes through its different bursary programs. For more information, visit our website at www.faeq.com.