Children First. We Can. – Cocktail Dinatoire

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the “Children First. We can.” initiative of the Honourable Senator Leo Housakos and RBC Wealth Management Vice-Chairman, Tony Loffreda, was held at the Palace Reception Hall. The event was a great success having collected an amount of $216,000 which was equally donated to two exceptional institutions; École “Socrates-Démosthène” and Giant Steps.

The hall was filled to capacity with prominent members of the Hellenic community, businessmen and members of voluntary organisations and networks.

The keynote speaker of the event was the Honourable Senator, Leo Housakos, who cordially thanked everyone in the room as well as everyone who donated and contributed to this cause. RBC Vice-Chairman Tony Loffreda, could not be there due to professional commitments in Israel, however he sent a video message thanking all the donors and attendees.

HCGM President, Nicholas Pagonis and Giant Steps President, Nick Katalifos, spoke about the quality of education that is being provided in both schools, and they graciously accepted a cheque of $108,000 for each institution.


MNA for Laurier-Dorion, Gerry Sklavounos, made a brief speech on the importance of fundraising efforts, and the need for the continuation of support for these two unique schools.