Our campaign

Toujours ensemble (Te) is celebrating this year its 40th Anniversary!

Founded in 1979, Te has worked closely with the sector’s stakeholders to meet the needs of young people, preventing them from dropping out of school. With solid roots in the Verdun community, Te has supported and encouraged thousands of young people to persevere in both their academic development and their personal journeys

We plan to continue our efforts in terms of preventing and early intervention and to do so, Te is launching a $1,000,000 fundraising campaign. Our goal is to provide solid and ongoing support to 250 children in Verdun, over the next five years, through the Sac à dos program, the elementary level academic perseverance program.

To assist us, a campaign cabinet was established with our partners and donors joining forces to work for our Verdun youth. 


Many thanks for their generosity and loyalty!


  • Richard J. Renaud, Chair, TNG Corporation
  • Carolyn Hayes Renaud, Chair Emeritus, Toujours ensemble (Te)
  • Rachel Renaud, President, Roasters Foundation
  • Jean-François Parenteau, Mayor of Verdun
  • Samuel Gewurz, President, Proment Corporation
  • Nathalie Marcoux, Vice-president, Finance, Capinabel inc.
  • Sigrid Ellefsen, Sales Director, Telus Business Solutions; Chair of the Board, Te
  • François Guy, First Vice-President, CIBC Wood Gundy; Vice-Chair, Te
  • Marc Edwards, CEO, Kane Biotech Inc; Board Member and former Chair of the Board, Te
  • Bineta Ba, Executive Director, Te
  • Pierre Côté, Consultant

With the arrival of the Sac à dos Program, Toujours ensemble has reinforced its continuum of services. To date, over 170 elementary students have benefited of continue to benefit from personalized and concerted support from Sac à dos staff, jointly with their schools and their parents.

Officially launched in 2015, Sac à dos’s main goal is to prevent dropping out of school by intervening at an early stage in their learning path and by equipping them with the tools they need to succeed.

According to the 2017 data from a report (Portrait des jeunes montréalais de 6e année), produced by the Direction régionale de la santé publique, the main concern for these elementary school students is their high risk of dropping out.

The actual dropout rate in Verdun is higher than in Montreal (25% vs. 21%).

We know for a fact that dropping out of school has considerable impact on both individuals and communities. Therefore, it is crucial to take collective action by intervening early in young people’s education so that all children have an equal chance of success.

Te wants to help 250 elementary students of 4 Verdun schools, to prevent them from dropping out.

Each student must receive support for an average of four years, until they start high school.

Each staff member is in charge of a maximumof 15 children. This ratio allows them to provide comprehensive and personalized support, while the students are better able to internalize the skills they learn.


The Fondation Réussite-Jeunesse funded the Sac à dos Program from 2012 to 2019, including the pilot phase. As this agreement is coming to an end, we must raise $1,000,000 to support more young people and keep the program running over the long term.

If you would like to participate in the campaign, you can do so by making an online donation. By using a credit card, and official receipt will be sent automatically by email.

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If you would like additional information on the Sac à dos Program, click here : Sac à dos.