Philanthropist Surprises McGivney Centre With Increased Gift

Local philanthropist Al Quesnel surprised the staff and officials at the John McGivney Centre.

He was there Thursday to make a $300,000 donation to help the centre, but changed his mind.

As the announcement was being made, he told them to add another $200,000 and make it half a million.

Quesnel says seeing the kids touched his heart.

"I know that they've done so much good work over the last 60 years at John McGivney I just didn't realize it was this broad."

He says recent cuts from the province to the funding was a big piece of the decision.

"That's something that's prompted me to make sure the donation was made to encourage others to keep continuing this program and the services that John McGivney has offered for so long."

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Philanthropist Al Quesnel signs a cheque for the John McGivney Centre, April 18, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Quesnel says the work being done for the kids at the centre needs to continue.

"When I heard that there was some government cutbacks recently I just wanted to show my support in making sure that the programs and services they do offer and are continuing to offer don't get overshadowed or overlooked by any means."

The John McGivney Centre cares for young children who have a wide range of developmental and other challenges.