Many Concordians have been working to improve the lives of others 

Running for leukemia research

Achiever David Cyr (Honours BSc Chemistry and Biochemistry 09, see Journal, June 4, 2009) is at it again: He just ran a 42-km marathon to raise money for leukemia research. Years ago his friend was diagnosed with the blood cancer and Cyr was inspired, not only to take better care of himself, but to raise research funds in an effort to fight leukemia. He raised just over $5 000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, in part by holding barbecues at Concordia. On his website, Cyr puts it this way: “It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day problems and dilemmas, complaining about all the little things, and forgetting how lucky we really are. We often don’t realize that there are people around us who have far more to complain about.”

Community Campaign donor-recognition event

The Community Campaign’s annual donor-recognition event will take place Thursday, June 17, under a tent in the picturesque Grey Nuns garden. Faculty, staff, retirees and Board members who made a charitable donation during the 2009-10 campaign were invited to join the festivities, which will include music, food and an announcement of this year’s fundraising results, which will be posted on


At 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, a benefit concert titled Awakening hopes to inspire young locals to improve their community through performance. Live performances will include David Hodges, Luca ‘Lazy Legz’ Patuelli (who recently graduated from Concordia and who performed at the Paralympic opening ceremonies in Vancouver, see Journal, March 18, 2010) and Illmask, Enigma Dance, the John Rennie Improv Group, Patrick Lehman and the Dropbeat Kings and more.

Tickets for the all-ages show are available for $15 from a number of locations listed on their website. Proceeds of the event will go to World Vision’s efforts in Haiti.

Mighty bikers

Last year, Human Resources raised $10 000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital by riding the Mighty Bike, a 30-person bicycle that annually tours De Maisonneuve Blvd. and Ste. Catherine St. They rode again this year on June 15 with the same goal of $10 000. Look for an update on the Digital Information Screens on both campuses.

Pedalling the Mighty Bike. Magnifying glass

Pedalling the Mighty Bike.

New this year is JMSB’s team: Joined by Dean Sanjay Sharma and led by Eva Ferrera, John Molson staffers will take to the Mighty Bike the morning of June 18 with the same goal of $15 000. It’s not too late to show your support!


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