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Even though he no longer lives permanently in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Pierre-Luc Dubois is still attached to his part of the country. He proved it on Monday by launching his foundation to help disadvantaged young people in his region.

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In short, it takes over from the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation, which has raised more than $1 million over the past 20 years. That of Dubois could have been launched in March 2020, but the pandemic hit hard. Donations and sponsors will notably finance the purchase of hockey equipment which will be loaned to young people in need.

“When I lived in Rimouski, I had the chance to take part in Vincent Lecavalier’s tournament. He was one of my favorite players, said Pierre-Luc Dubois. I learned about the tournament, but also how Vincent was a good person and that he had a good influence. It has helped me throughout my life. »

For the president of the Foundation, René Gagnon, Dubois was the perfect ambassador.

“He is an excellent communicator,” he said. He wants to get involved and he is informed about our developments. He always asks what more he can do. It is an example of perseverance that has always worked hard. It is very precious to have a person of this quality. »

find the right way

For several years, Dubois had been looking for a way to give back to his community. He wasn’t sure in what form he could do it.

“Hockey, I know how much it can make children smile,” he added. I also know how expensive it can be.

“It can be complicated to play in organized hockey for disadvantaged young people. »

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He remembers the long evenings spent at the outdoor skating rink at Parc Arthur-Buies in Rimouski. He has excellent memories of it.

“I spent so many evenings at this place. We played for hours. I arrived by bus at 5 p.m., I ate and at 5:30 p.m., I was on the ice with my friends.

“I was playing with underprivileged young people. Some arrived with old wooden sticks. The thing I liked the most was that all the young people left the rink with a smile on their face.

“Hockey can bring so many things. The goal of my foundation will be to help as many young people as possible. »

The first activity of the Pierre-Luc Dubois Foundation will be the golf tournament, on July 13, at Club de Golf Bic, in Rimouski.

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