Here at Bredet Services Inc. we believe in the importance of giving back.
We acknowledge that we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help out in our community. President, Debbie Breuls’ long term goal is to become a philanthropist, and knows that this will continue to be her inspiration with the Bredet Team’s ongoing efforts in what we do year over year.
Bredet's involvement has been recognized through winning the Sage President’s Circle Award for community service four out of five years. Debbie was honoured and beyond belief to accomplish this outstanding achievement as we are competing against hundreds of business partners throughout North America; especially given our size!
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"Growing up in a family of 9 children certainly had more advantages than challenges. The need to stay strong as a family was drilled into us from a very early age by our Mother. The other thing that she stressed almost as much as the need for strong family ties was the importance of helping others, especially those less fortunate. As with most large families, money was tight so this help had to be in the form of ‘doing’ rather than donating. While the community service I perform today is a tribute to my mother in many ways, I also believe that it is my social responsibility to give back to the community from which I have gained so much.
I also believe that giving is one of the most selfless things that I do. The return that I get personally from volunteering, whether in smiles, laughter or even tears occasionally, far exceeds any time or financial contribution donated.
Those that know me well, understand my strong need to give back and appreciate my motivation is not recognition. In fact, those closest to me fully understand that I hate, and feel unworthy of any personal recognition when it comes to volunteering. My motto is that it takes a team effort to realize results. I do this because I want to, and not for any other reason. I don’t need to be rewarded, it is part of who I am and who I want to be.
The reason I am sharing what Community means to me is that last week, my friends from the Children’s Wish Foundation came to our office to inform me that I had been nominated and will be awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. This Medal recognizes living Canadians who have made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad.
I am truly honoured to have been nominated and humbled to receive this Award, especially as it is for simply doing something that I cherish. I want to thank my Mom for the values she instilled in us, my Husband and my Daughters, as well as my extended Family for their patience and assistance. Also, I must recognize our many Friends that supported, contributed and encouraged me over the years.
I also want to sincerely thank all my Friends at the Children’s Wish Foundation for their help and guidance over the last 27 years. Without this support, our Annual Children’s Wish Car Rally would not have been possible. All of us working together has resulted in the raising of hundreds of thousands of dollars to grant wishes to Children & their families that deserve an injection of happiness during especially heartbreaking times.