Action Centre

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September 02, 2010 17:28 ET

The Action Centre's 2010 "Soirée of Friends" Pays Tribute to the Honourable Arthur T. Porter

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) -

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The Action Centre, a fully bilingual day centre in Montreal for severely physically-challenged people living below the poverty line, is very pleased to announce that the Honourable Arthur T. Porter, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Member of the Queen's Privy Council, will be honoured at its upcoming Soirée of Friends. This annual event, which raises much-needed funds for the Action Centre, will take place on October 6, 2010 at the prestigious Club Atwater.

Dr. Porter joins a very impressive group of honourees from the Action Centre's previous Soirée of Friends, including the late Lorne Webster, Suzan Cavell, the late Pam Dunn, David and Mary Culver, John Rae, Pierre and Lucie Boivin, Richard and Carolyn Renaud, and A.K. Velan.

"I am truly flattered to be associated with as vital an organization as the Action Centre and the fine individuals who've been honoured before me," says Dr. Porter. "Not only does the Action Centre provide essential activities and services to a vulnerable population, but it also empowers people to achieve their full potential despite physical and socioeconomic challenges. Having that level of commitment working within and on behalf of the Action Centre is what makes the fabric of the Montreal community and our healthcare network so strong."

Mr. David Culver, Chairman Emeritus of the MUHC Board of Directors and friend of the Action Centre states, "Paying tribute to Dr. Porter at this year's Soirée of Friends illustrates the intrinsic community connection between the MUHC and its promise of the best care for life. This can only contribute to building a greater awareness of how fortunate Montrealers are to have organizations such as the Action Centre and the MUHC, and why the need to support them is so great."

"We are thrilled and grateful to have Dr. Porter as our honouree this year," adds Joanne Heward, Executive Director of the Action Centre. "His dedication to the quality, safety and accessibility of health care in Montreal is a testament to his values and conviction that excellence and life-long learning are always worth pursuing. The Action Centre shares this conviction, as it is a safe haven where our members' independence is promoted, their isolation reduced and their joy of learning and achieving beyond all odds is encouraged."

The October 6th Soirée of Friends promises to be a memorable evening, with silent and live auctions, as well as a fantastic party. A pre-cocktail reception will take place for donors pledging gifts of $2,500 or more, and will provide an opportunity to meet Dr. Porter in a more intimate setting. Tickets for the Soirée of Friends are $175.00 per person (valet parking included), with proceeds going to the Action Centre. They may be purchased at or by calling 514-366-6868, ext. 223.

Dr. Arthur T. Porter is Director General and CEO of the MUHC, and President of the RUIS McGill. An oncologist, he is credited with introducing several technologies to his field, including Strontium-89, a bone-seeking isotope to treat cancer having metastasized to bone. He has held professorships in four universities and is the only Canadian to serve as President of the American College of Radiation Oncology, the United States' national body for radiation oncology. In addition to medical practice, Dr. Porter has held business and academic leadership positions in North America, Europe and Africa. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and has helped establish medical programmes around the globe. Dr. Porter continues to serves on the Editorial Board of thirteen scientific journals and has to his credit over 300 scholarly works in peer-reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings.

The Action Centre is a fully bilingual, multicultural centre for adults with disabilities, and provides services, activities and education to improve members' quality of life with the goal of affording them a vision of their own autonomy. A safe day centre, in operation since 1998, The Action Centre accommodates 170 of the most vulnerable in Montreal. For more information about the Action Centre, please visit

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health centre recognized internationally for excellence in care, research and teaching. Highly committed to the continuum of care in the community, it is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University. The MUHC's partner hospitals – the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital – value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan along with innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a $2.25 billion Redevelopment Project on three campuses – the Mountain, the Glen and Lachine – designed to provide healthcare professionals with an effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families benefit from The Best Care for Life. The campuses are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines.

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