Druide Promotes Education

The mission of the Paul Gérin-Lajoie foundation is to advance children’s education in the French-speaking world’s poorest countries. With its school canteens, its educators without borders and its schools, the foundation makes a real difference in the daily lives of thousands of young people in Africa and Haiti. Druide supports the foundation’s work by raising funds through its annual golf classic. Over $500,000 has been donated to the Foundation since the Druide Classic was inaugurated.

Press Release
Druide Raises $84,000 for the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie

[Montréal, September 13, 2023] — Druide informatique and its subsidiary Éditions Druide recently held their twelfth annual golf classic for the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie. The event and the campaign that followed raised $84,000, bringing the total amount donated to the foundation since the Druide Classic’s inception to over $500,000.

The money collected this year will go toward supporting the foundation’s school canteen programs in Mali and Benin. These canteens provide hot, balanced meals throughout the academic year to students in need at four elementary schools, and the whole community reaps the benefits: The programs have created close to twenty jobs and use food sourced locally from another project promoting small-scale farming and community gardening.

Druide boosted the sum by pledging to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $30,000. The company thereby marked its 30th anniversary—with special thanks to the entire Druide community for their backing—by further strengthening its support for these villages and their inhabitants, who share the French language.

The Classic concluded with a lovely dinner showcasing Dunord, winner of the 2023 Druide Grand Prize for Entrepreneurship. Founder Jonathan Dumas introduced the 150 or so guests to a new kind of dish: Dunord takes surplus produce from local farms and uses it to make dehydrated meals as a practical solution for reducing food waste. These meal pouches cook up quickly with a little water to create an affordable, easy-to-make and eco-friendly dish.

The Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie’s mission is to promote children’s education and adult literacy in the French-speaking world’s poorest countries. The foundation works to raise awareness of international realities among young Canadians. In Quebec, the foundation is best known for the Dictée P.G.L. Elsewhere, it is recognized primarily for its sponsorship programs, its Éducateurs sans frontières project, and its schools.

Druide informatique produces and markets Antidote, the most comprehensive writing assistance software available for English and French, as well as Typing Pal, the renowned typing tutorial application. The company also created WebElixir, a quality assurance service for websites. In addition to its software, Druide informatique also publishes French-language literature and reference works through its subsidiary, Éditions Druide.

Next Druide Classic: June 4, 2024

In the name of everyone at Druide, I enthusiastically invite you to our annual golf classic, held at the prestigious Saint-Raphaël club on l’Île-Bizard. For the twelfth year, this marvellous event will bring together influential members of the business community. You’ll make new connections and, naturally, have a good time.

I am calling upon your sense of celebration as well as your generosity: by participating in Druide’s Classic, you directly support the Paul Gérin-Lajoie foundation, contributing to children’s education and adult literacy in the French-speaking world’s poorest countries. The foundation needs our help now more than ever to pursue its mission of profoundly changing the daily lives of millions of young people across Africa and Haiti.

Online Registration for the 2024 edition (in French).

I hope that you can join us for this day of enjoyment, friendship and sharing. Allow me to take this opportunity to extend my warmest regards. 

André d’Orsonnens
Chairman and CEO
Druide informatique Inc.