Volunteer Day at Moisson Montréal and Moisson Québec for Cisco Employees

On May 7, Moisson Montréal and Moisson Québec welcomed volunteers from Cisco. Meeting at the local offices of both organizations, 39 of our colleagues got down to the basics and carried out tasks quite different from the ones we are used to doing on a daily basis.

Cisco is a sponsor of Moisson Montréal and Moisson Québec, and as part of our support our volunteers dedicate an entire day sorting fruits, vegetables and several other perishable and non-perishable foodstuffs. They also clean the tables and the containers in which the food is stored.

Consider the participation of our General Manager in the Old Capital, Jérôme Bourgoin, along with our Vice President, Jean-Claude Ouellet. Jean-Claude was also accompanied by his daughter Anne-Sophie, who in a way symbolizes the next generation in volunteer work.

Everyone agreed that it was a long day, but a rewarding one. “By volunteering to help the neediest, you get an immense satisfaction,” declared our Sales Manager, Mario Dandurand, after finishing his “shift” at Moisson Montréal.

The fight against hunger is an important cause. Moisson Montréal and Moisson Québec’s mission is to collect foods from a large number of food and agriculture industry suppliers, and to distribute them to community centers and to people living in difficult socioeconomic circumstances.

Supporting these organizations and the cause they fight for is part of the fundamental value system of our business. Cisco’s Canadian Civil Board encourages employees to participate actively in this initiative, and to help the community as a whole. The Board is delighted with the work accomplished at Moisson Montréal and Moisson Québec last May 7.

Moreover, the day’s success has encouraged employees to participate in the Oasis Rock’N’Roll Marathon, which will take place next September in Montréal. This event was also organized to help in the fight against hunger.

As member of Cisco’s Canadian Civil Board, I want send a warm thanks to all of our volunteers.

About Luc Deschênes

Luc Deschênes is the General Manager, Sales - eastern Canada. He is responsible for sales, marketing, finance and support for Cisco’s partner community and small and medium companies of eastern Canada. Mr. Deschênes activities are centered on the transformation and innovation in partnership models of Cisco. He is currently leading a cross-functional team whose role is to build an innovative program that will help partners - that focus on opportunities in the Public, Enterprise and Commercial sector - to increase their success and profitability. He is also an active member of Cisco Canada Civic Council which major objective is to give back in the community. Mr. Deschênes joined Cisco in 1999. Prior to this appointment, he was Enterprise Major Account Manager for Eastern Canada. He has over 22 years experience in telecommunications and high technology and knowledge of the business and represents a significant asset to clients, partners and sales team at Cisco. He also worked for several years with Gandalf, the Canadian maker of telecommunications, and with Nexxlink Technologies acquired by Bell Business Solutions. Luc Deschênes est le Directeur général, ventes de l’est du Canada. Il est responsable des ventes, du marketing, de la finance et de l'assistance à tous les partenaires et les petites et moyennes entreprises de l’est du Canada. Les activités de M. Deschênes sont centrées sur la transformation et l’innovation dans les modèles de partenariat de Cisco. Il dirige actuellement une initiative nationale et des équipes inter-fonctionnelles qui ont pour rôle de bâtir un programme innovateur qui va aider nos partenaires — qui se concentrent sur les opportunités du marché des moyennes et petites entreprises — à accroître leur succès et leur profitabilité. Il est aussi un membre actif du conseil civique canadien de Cisco dont l’objectif est de s’investir dans la communauté. M. Deschênes s'est joint à Cisco en 1999. Avant d'occuper ce poste, il était directeur de comptes clients principaux des grandes entreprises pour l'est du Canada. Il possède 22 ans d'expérience dans les télécommunications et la haute technologie, et sa connaissance du secteur représente un atout de taille pour la clientèle, les partenaires et l'équipe commerciale de Cisco. Il a également travaillé pendant plusieurs années chez Gandalf, le fabricant canadien de télécommunications, et chez Nexxlink Technologies, maintenant appelé Bell Solutions d'Affaires.
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