The Massawippi Valley Foundation

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation actively engaged in promoting the health and wellness of citizens in the Massawippi Valley and beyond.

About us

The Massawippi Valley Foundation (FVM)

The Foundation serves to financially support a community of concerned citizens who are dedicated to improving the health of citizens and to strengthening the Quebec healthcare system. It is registered as a charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Revenu Québec.

Charitable:NE84263 7571 RR0001

2014 ​

Since its creation

1 000 000$

The Foundation has raised more than $1,000,000 to help improve the lives of thousands of residents of the communities of the Massawippi Valley.


Thank You

The Massawippi Valley Foundation acknowledges the invaluable support of its donors, volunteers and partners. You are essential in the pursuit of our mission.

Established CSVM

The community-owned cooperative, CSVM, was opened in 2015 thanks to a campaign that raised $400,000 for the renovation and equipping of a heritage building in Ayer’s Cliff.

Ongoing Support for CSVM

The Massawippi Valley Foundation (FVM) continues to support the ongoing operations not covered by membership fees.  A few examples include:

  • Nursing Care such as blood pressure checks, recording clients’ medical history and responding to the day-to-day medical needs of its members.
  • Friday Blood Clinic made possible by La Caisse Desjardins de Memphrémagog for staffing and a donation from the Massawippi Foundation for the purchase of a refrigerated centrifuge machine, required to process blood samples.
  • Renovation of lower level:  Thanks to the generous support from La Caisse Desjardins de Memphrémagog and La Caisse Desjardins des Verts-Sommets de l’Estrie the Wellness Centre, opened in 2019, provides healthy living options for our community. The Centre provides exercise programs, personal fitness, seminars, nutrition choices, and network-building as well as physiotherapy and massage therapy.  A grant from the Federal government provided funds to make this level accessible for those with mobility issues.

2021-2022 Donors and Supporters (August 1 2021 – July 31 2022)

La Caisse Desjardins de Memphrémagog
Fonds régional de Tillotson Coaticook
The Bannerman Foundation
Catherine Milne
Donald Bishop
Susan McDougallPenelope S. Eakin
John Oldland
Jean Claude Brais
Michael Everett
Susan Fitzpatrick
Geoffrey & Jane Warren
Joanne & Robert Henderson
Pierre Lemay
Michel Rodrigue
Hon.Jean Charest
Suzanne & Raymond Nault
Mario Lambert
Lysianne Reula Sheard & Douglas Sheard
Manoir Hovey Manor
Judith & Philip Webster Foundation
Sarah Preston
Carol & Mike Mooney
David Winch
Michel Bissonnette
Troy Hopps & Nathalie Roy
Mary & André Labbée
Jeffrey & Debra Stafford
Eric Van Bochove & Denise Morgan
Michel Borduas
Ruby Robinson
Heather Leslie
Dian Cohen
Henry Khouri
William Letteney & John Hay
Linda Tyron
Michel Bresee
Beverley & Leon Dyer
Stuart & Jill Cobbett
Anne Rouleau-Danis
Judy Hopps
David Partington
Peter Provencher
Melodie Yates
Patricia Moffat
Lilian Safdie
Laurie Schoolcraft & Tom Sharman
Normand Brière
Douglas S. Cassidy
Roger & Irene Perrault
Sylive D. Schelling
Jocelyne Rachel Blais

Elizabeth Ann Dolan
Keith Leney
Robert Peloquin
Andrew Preston
Anne Watson & Michael Ogilvie
Michel Laumaillier
Darliene Wood
Pierre Chiasson
Peter Cassey
Serge Mérineau
Robert Scarrow Leclerc
Jean Peloquin
Arthur Lovelace
Héléne Carette
Denise Mueller
François Tessier
Jean-François Tremblay
Christiane Quirion
Eric H. Molson
Alex Carswell
Marie Trousdell
Marie Moliner
Ernest Fields
Anne Bouchenoire
Vincent Cuddihy
Gilles Vachon
James McGregor
Neil Riddell
Debra Roy
Margerie Legaré & Jacques Demers
Helena & Jim Brodie
Josée Rourke
Michael Sudlow
Eithne Taylor
Philippe Beauregard
Jennah Cassar & Dr.Charles Dussault
Louise Caron & Royal Orr
Julianna Lynch Stauton
Kyanne Ste-Marie & Simon Roy
Brian Allatt & Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt
Helena Swanston
Arthur & Diane Lapenna
Nathalie Petrowski
Suzanne Dupuis
Suzanne Coté
Mario Brisebois
Kimberly Bailey & Stephan Elkas

Auberge Le Cliff
Dufferin Heights Golf Club
Bistro 4 Saison
Le Poivron Rouge Sherbrooke
Les Marchés Tradition
Marina Marcotte
Pedego Electric Bikes Montebello
Hôtel Le Germain
Maxime Joyal, Podiatrist
Modern Love Photography
Dorel Industries
Jeffrey Stafford
Keith Kobelt
Enfants Sauvages
Planète Sports
Moose Knuckles Canada
Bishop’s University Sports Centre
George Foster
Debbie Everett
Fromagerie la Station Compton
La Pinte
Dôme de Morphée
Alpaga Libby Mills Alpaca Farm

Manoir Hovey Manor
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCTG)

David Griffith

Innovative Support for Community Well-Being 

While primary care for health issues remains a key priority, the philosophy of our health professionals is preventive and wellness care of our citizens, including their mental wellbeing.

  • Social Café – Thanks to a grant from the Tillotson Coaticook Region Fund, it focuses on the importance of frequent socializing for seniors in our community where people come together once per month to learn new concepts of healthy cooking, technology, medical access, play games, chat.  A recent grant from the Tillotson Coaticook Region Fund has provided video-conferencing equipment to conduct remote Board meeting sessions and webinars as well as seminars on health-related topics.
  • Connecting Seniors Project — Funded by grants from the Community Foundation of Canada and New Horizons for Seniors Program, a Volunteer team within the Foundation has been mobilized to offer several programs designed to alleviate the isolation brought on by the pandemic of 2020, namely lockdowns and social restrictions.  The project is ongoing and affords seniors the opportunity to learn how to navigate the internet, use a tablet or laptop to stay in touch with friends and relatives, participate in socially distanced walks, workshops, exercise classes and lunches.

Either a one-time gift of cash or cheque and/or a one-time donation
or a monthly donation through DonorPerfect

Gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and securities do not
incur the capital gains tax. A tax receipt will be issued for the full appreciated value of the gift. The receipt value will be based on the closing trading price on the day that the gift is received by MVF. Consult your financial advisor to decide which investments make the most financial and philanthropic impact. Contact Chantal Touzin at to request a form to assist your broker with this transfer.

Leave your legacy with a planned gift – a donation that you arrange now to be realized in the future. Planned gifts include gifts in your will and gifts of life insurance. The legal name of the Foundation is Massawippi Valley Foundation or Fondation de la vallée Massawippi.

You can designate FVM as a beneficiary or co-beneficiary on an existing life insurance policy, and your estate will receive a tax credit.

Some of our donors choose to donate to honour or in memory of a family member or someone special in their lives by making a commemorative gift.

When you make a gift in another person’s name, the honouree is notified and, for gifts of $20 or more, you receive a charitable tax receipt. All gifts of $20.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

Investing in the region

5 ways to give

The Massawippi Valley Foundation (“FVM”) provides community leadership by offering
individuals, corporations and foundations the opportunity to invest in the betterment of healthcare in our region. Your donations in any form – from a one-time donation to a long-term commitment – are invested by directly supporting the Massawippi Valley region’s healthcare needs primarily through the Centre de la Santé de la vallée Massawippi (CSVM).

For more information about any of the above Ways of Giving, please contact:


Our Team

Michel Rodrigue


After a 35 year career as a television broadcaster, producer and international distributor,playing a key role in driving the television Format industry to worldwide prominence, Michel started a new role at helming The Format People. During the past 10 years, his broad- ranging work has included substantial mandates with major broadcasters and production companies including Warner Bros, FOX Reality, Fremantle Media and Star China; executive- mentoring of leading figures in the TV business, and developing major infrastructure projects such as building Mongol TV from the ground-up into one the country’s leading broadcaster. Michel was honored with a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mr. Jacques Toubon, from the government of France and is an active member of the international television community.

Chantal Touzin


Chantal Touzin is an Assurance Partner at the Sherbrooke office of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, a professional services firm dedicated to the success of organizations and their leaders. Chantal has over 25 years assurance and consulting experience with a predominantly English-speaking clientele in the Eastern Townships. Her extensive and diverse experience allows her to support her clients in their accounting and financial management challenges.

Judy A. Hopps


Judy brings 30 plus years in the field of philanthropy working with a variety of
non-profit organizations in nstitutional advancement, major gift fundraising, corporate communications and donor relations. Her specialty is volunteer management and fundraising strategy. Judy is retired and now lives full time just outside the City of Magog. She is currently President of Memphremagog Wetlands Foundations, Chair of the Fundraising and Communications Committee for the Lampe Foundation, President, Quebec Council of CFUW and Regional Vice President, Quebec, National Board, Canadian Federation of University Women.

Carol Mooney


Carol Mooney has been an educator in the Eastern Townships for thirty-five years in a variety of levels – elementary, high school, and university. During the last ten years of her local career, she was Director of Practice Teaching and professor in the School of Education, Bishop’s University. From 2003-2007, she was a member of a Canadian team working in Kosovo and Serbia to establish a Faculty of Education. As a volunteer, she organizes walking groups and has served as President of CFUW, Sherbrooke & District. Currently she is a board member of the Lampe Scholarship Foundation. Carol was the first president of Centre de Santé de la Vallée Massawippi. She participates in golf, cycling and gardening.

Jeffrey Stafford


Graduated from Bishop’s University with a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1975. 

Worked as a claims officer for Lloyds of London for two years in Montreal and one year in Toronto for Marsh McLennan. Worked three years for Proctor and Gamble based in Calgary and then Winnipeg as an institutional and health services account manager. 

Co-owner of Hovey Manor and Ripplecove Inn from 1980 to 1985. Owner of Ripplecove Inn from 1985 to 2017. Won the highest rating of 5 Stars from the Quebec Ministry of Tourism and a double Four Diamond Award for luxury accommodations and exceptional cuisine. These annual awards were consistently maintained for more than 30 years. Sold Ripplecove Inn in March of 2017. Presently retired.

Dr. John Westerlund


Dr. Westerlund is a medical specialist with experience in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and thyroid problems. He has done basic research on
cholesterol. He is available for consultations.

Jeremy Richman


Jeremy (Jed) Richman is President and founder of Vision Services, an agency offering a variety of professional services related to communication and business development. He has also been an active entrepreneur in several small and medium sized businesses and now provides mentoring to select young aspiring entrepreneurs. He has been actively involved in the community for over 40 years; working and volunteering with physically challenged children in Quebec and Vancouver, served on the board of Block Parents and both National
and regional boards for Kids Help Phone and served on the board and then as interim Executive Director for Camp Massawippi for Physically challenged children from 2019-2021. In 2017, Jed and his family moved to the Massawippi Valley and he has been an active director on the FVM board for the past 4 years.

Jennah Cassar


Jennah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration from Bishop’s University. She is currently the Director of Operations at Apex Real Estate, a property management company of which she is also a co-owner. Jennah’s ability to build lasting relationships with the people she comes in contact with is a hallmark of her inclusive and empathetic nature. Jennah lives in the beautiful village of North Hatley with her husband and three children.

Philippe Beauregard


Philippe Beauregard is Chief Communications Officer at Concordia University in Montréal.  He leads University Communications Services (UCS), the group that opens the channels of communication throughout the university and to the outside world. Prior to joining Concordia in 2010, he served as associate vice-rector, Communications at the Université de Montréal. He has held a number of senior management positions, including director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at technology firm CGI and campaign director at Ketchum Canada. A graduate of the University of Saint-Andrews, Beauregard also serves as a member of the Council of Trustees at Stanstead College, and as a member of the boards of The Conversation Canada and Bleu Massawippi.

Claire Webster


Claire Webster is a Certified Dementia Care Consultant (PAC), Certified Professional Con­sultant on Aging (CPCA), as well as a conference speaker and educator in the field of caring for an individual with dementia. She is Founder and President of Caregiver Crosswalk Inc., a consulting firm that provides education and support services to help individuals navi­gate the journey of Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia related illnesses.  Claire works in collaboration with McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Division of Geriatric Medicine. She is the Founder and Ambassador of McGill University’s Demen­tia Education Program. 

Dian Cohen


Ambassador’s Council

Ambassadors of the Massawippi Valley Foundation are an advisory body formed to assist
the President and Executive Directors of the FVM Board with relationship building to better
connect the communities in the Massawippi Valley with the mission and programs of the

Christiane Germain

Co-Founder and Co-President of Germain Hôtels, a chain of 18 luxury hotels across
Canada, Christiane Germain has developed a deep expertise in the hospitality business that traces back to her roots. As Co-President of Germain Hôtels, Christiane Germain oversees operations and marketing for all of the group’s properties. Dynamic, tenacious, and inventive, her entrepreneurial qualities have been honoured on several occasions by Canada’s business and tourism communities. After over 30 years in the industry, Christiane is especially proud to be able to offer career opportunities to people who share the values of the Germain Hôtels family. Committed to the economic vitality of the country, Christiane attaches great importance to the development of Canadian talent, which she supports
particularly through the local procurement policy implemented by the group. In addition to presiding over a growing business, Christiane Germain is chair of the board of directors of the
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and is involved in supporting numerous charities.

Helen Antoniou

Helen Antoniou is an executive coach for corporate leaders and their
teams, as well as family business owners and their successors. She is
the Chair of the Board of Governors of Concordia University. Helen
lectures on leadership and the governance of family businesses at
institutions such as the MIT Sloan School of Management and the
ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. Helen holds Civil and Common Law degrees from McGill University, a master’s in law from Université de Paris II, and a master’s in public health from Harvard University. She became certified as an executive
coach at the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California. Her community involvement focuses on health and education. In May 2018, Helen published the business biography, “Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson”, that she wrote about her father-in-law and past chairman of Molson Coors Beverage Company, which was on the Top 10 Non-Fiction Books list of the Globe and Mail.

William Letteney

Previously served on the Massawippi Valley Foundation’s Board of Directors during its formative years and is a strong advocate for providing affordable and accessible health care in a rural setting. A native New Englander, he retired to the Eastern
Townships in 1995, following a long career in the air transportation industry. He began his occupation in United Airlines*Management Training Program in 1965, and during his thirty years with the company, held a variety of senior positions in sales, marketing and external affairs, serving as Special
Assistant to the Chairman in New York and United’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. An avid golfer, Letteney was previously Vice President of the North Hatley Golf Club and currently serves on the Board of the North Hatley Tennis Club.

Patrick Gravel

Patrick Gravel is Managing Director of Caisse Desjardins du Lac Memphremagog since January 2018. He held similar positions at Caisse Desjardins de Kildare since 2004 in the Lanaudière region. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa, is a member of the Barreau du Québec and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Université de Sherbrooke. Patrick is very interested in giving young people an opportunity to achieve all their projects. He also wants to strengthen the Caisse’s proximity in the community and promote it in collaboration with local stakeholders
and valued partners. Patrick is recognized as a committed, open-minded, positive leader and appreciated for his human qualities.


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