The Vanguard Foundation

The Vanguard Foundation


The Vanguard Foundation is a non-profit organization whose objective is to seek financial support.

The realization of various fundraising activities is exclusively aimed at supporting Vanguard School in the realization of its objectives to promote the success of its students.

Why give?

The mission of the Vanguard Foundation is to raise funds to support the projects and initiatives of Vanguard School.

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Vanguard School is a non-profit organization (NPO) declared in the public interest by the Quebec Ministry of Education (MEQ). Vanguard School is a specialized school offering educational services for students with learning disabilities in both languages of instruction within the framework of the regular programs of the Ministry of Education at both the elementary and high school levels.

The mission of Vanguard School is to offer each student with learning difficulties an education that promotes academic success, the development of self-esteem, the achievement of full potential, and harmonious integration into society.

Vanguard School is an innovative educational environment that promotes professional development, research, and the sharing of expertise with the entire educational community.

Vanguard School is associated with the University of Montreal. Research and development are at the heart of this exciting partnership.

For more information on our programs, contact:

Director – Vanguard Foundation

Nicole de Flandre

514 747-5500 ext. 6337


Vanguard, school perseverance: mission accomplished!

Each year, close to 150 students from Vanguard School graduate from high school, and the vast majority of them pursue post-secondary studies despite their learning disabilities. These students, who were destined to fail academically and drop out of school, are today’s young citizens, well-equipped to live up to their full potential.

What impact does your gift have?

By investing in our students with learning disabilities today, you are promoting their education, preventing them from dropping out of school, and fostering the development of productive and fulfilled young citizens for our society.

  • In Quebec, the school dropout rate is among the highest in the country.
  • The cost of dropping out represents $1.9 billion/year for Quebec society.
  • 40% of dropouts have a learning disability.
  • 2/3 of struggling high school students do not graduate! *
    (source: Journal de Montréal, ed. May 10, 2019).


Testimony of a former Vanguard School student

My name is Georgia Kiriakos, and I have a learning disability.

As most people will tell you, school was extremely difficult for me. By the time I reached the 6th grade, we discovered that I had a learning disability. For high school, I came to Vanguard School knowing that this school would help me. Of course, academics were still difficult, but I was determined to succeed and was happy to learn. I succeeded by graduating from Vanguard School and following my dream to become a teacher. I wanted to give back to the community that helped me get further. Thank you, Vanguard School!

Today, I am a teacher at Vanguard School, helping students understand that life with a learning disability simply means taking the scenic route to our destination!

Georgia Kiriakos is a Cycle 1 high school teacher at Vanguard School and a director on the board of the Vanguard School Alumni Association.

Thank you for supporting student retention and educational success.

Thank you for supporting the Vanguard Foundation!

Make a donation

Your donation is precious! Combined with other donors, it allows us to help the Vanguard School achieve its mission.

There are several ways to give:

through the ZeffyDonation form: Donation via Zeffy


Nicole de Flandre 514 747-5500 ext. 6337


Deduction at Source

Would you and your colleagues like to donate through payroll deductions? Managed by your company’s payroll department, this type of donation allows each employee to determine the amount that will be automatically deducted from their paycheck.

If you are an employee, check with your employer.

If you are an employer, please contact:

Director – Vanguard Foundation

Nicole de Flandre

514 747-5500 ext. 6337

Privacy Policy and Information Security

The Foundation ensures that your online donation is secure, which is why your payment is made directly. The Foundation does not keep any credit information. Therefore, you must resubmit it each time you donate.

Registration number: 119001444RR0001

The Vanguard Foundation is also known as the Vanguard Development Fund and is duly recognized as a registered charity with the Ministry of Revenue.



Major Campaign 2014-2019

Main partner: DESJARDINS

Major gifts: $100,000 – $499,999

  • Desjardins
  • Marcoux Family / Transcontinental Inc.
  • Fondation Famille Jean Guy Desjardins
  • Trottier Family Foundation
  • GIRO / The Computer Science and Operations Research Group

Major gifts: $25,000 – $99,999

  • Air Canada
  • Blue Cross Canassurance
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Armand Bombardier Foundation
  • Molson Foundation
  • Roasters Foundation
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • J.-Louis Lévesque Foundation
  • iA Financial Group
  • Baylis Medical
  • Ian & Helgi Soutar
  • Anonymous religious congregation
  • McKesson Foundation
  • RBC Royal Bank Foundation

Special donations: $10,000 – $24,999

  • Rapoport-Goldsmith Family
  • Intact Financial Corporation
  • Subway North Shore
  • CAE
  • Zeller Family Foundation
  • General donations: $1,000 – $9,999
  • Montreal Airports
  • The Gustav Levinschi Foundation
  • Gaz Métro
  • The Rossy Foundation
  • EY
  • Canam Group Inc.
  • Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • KPMG
  • The Sisters of Saint Anne of Quebec
  • Deloitte Foundation

Vanguard Family: $1,000,000

Foundation Team

Charles Gaudreau, President
Charles Gaudreau is Chairman of the Board of the Vanguard School Foundation and a member of the Vanguard School Board of Directors. Mr. Gaudreau holds over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He works as Director and Wealth Management Consultant at Envesnet Wealth Management Solutions®. In this role, Gaudreau consults with investment professionals who advise high-net-worth and mass affluent clients. His advisor support focuses on maintaining and growing managed money business, including new business development, case review and analysis, portfolio construction, education, training, and best practices. Most recently, M. Gaudreau was a wealth consultant with Prudential Investments® Wealth Management Solutions. Prior to that, M. Gaudreau worked at Franklin Templeton Investments and Man Group PLC as Senior Vice-President for the Quebec region where he acquired valuable knowledge of traditional and alternative investment landscape. M. Gaudreau holds his Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation and graduated from the University of Sherbrooke with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in finance. In the business community, he is recognized for his vision and commitment.

  • “It was important for me to get involved in the School Foundation. Vanguard is more than a school, it is a place that allows young people in difficulty to flourish, to believe in themselves and to define themselves differently, not by their learning difficulties, but by their qualities. »

Gift in Memoriam



When a loved one dies, the Vanguard Foundation offers you the opportunity to comfort the family in a very personal way. By making an In Memoriam donation, you pay tribute to the deceased through a meaningful gesture and support Vanguard School in its mission to help students with learning disabilities. This gesture allows these students to have access to the necessary resources to develop their self-esteem, succeed academically, and develop their full potential, which allows them to blossom as young adults who integrate and contribute to society.

When you make an In Memoriam donation, the Vanguard Foundation shows your sympathy by sending a personalized sympathy card in your name to the family. The amount of the donation is never disclosed. The donor will receive a tax receipt from the Vanguard Foundation.

Make a donation In Memoriam

If you have any questions, would like to make an In Memoriam donation, or would like to set up a Vanguard In Memoriam donation program, please contact us:

Director – Vanguard Foundation
Nicole de Flandre
514 747-5500 ext. 6337 

Finance and Administration – Vanguard Foundation
Nicole de Flandre
514 747-5500 ext. 6337

Fundraising campaign


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NNOVATIO – Benefit evening for Vanguard School’s 50th anniversary!

Vanguard School is celebrating half a century of courage, creativity and innovation!

We are pleased to invite you to join us on November 7, starting at 5:00 pm, at Cirque Éloize (former Dalhousie Station, Old Montreal).

This evening will highlight our past, present and future successes, while paying tribute to all those who have helped make them a reality.

Without further delay, please respond “present” to this call for commitment to the future of our school and of our students. Educational challenges evolve, but our determination to support the next generation in their development remains unwavering.

The future starts here, at Vanguard School… and your presence and support are essential. A tax receipt will be issued to cover part of the value of your ticket.


  • Welcome cocktail and appetizers
  • 3-course meal, drinks included
  • Entertainment and artistic performances

On behalf of the entire Vanguard School team…

Click here to buy your tickets.

© École Vanguard School. Tous droits réservés 2024

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