CONGRATULATIONS TO GILLES LEGAULT!
Former LLSC president of the Board, Gilles Legault, was honored on May 28 by the Canadian Bar Association for his incredible dedication to volunteering. We would like to sincerely thank Gilles for his continued support and we are looking forward to his future involvement with our organization.
Thanks to his leadership over the past 10 years the LLSC has seen tremendous growth; we are fortunate to call Gilles family.
Thank you Gilles!
MAKING A CAUSE HIS OWN
May 29, 2018
Charlotte R. Castilloux, web editor
Taken from : la Division du Québec de l’Association du Barreau canadien (ABC-Québec)
Gilles B. Legault dedicates his time to many areas of the community because he wants to give back to it. Counsel for the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) since 2000, he has been involved in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) for the last 10 years, during which time he was Chair of the Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. For the past two years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Québec. Mr. Legault is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Collège Jean de la Mennais de La Prairie and has been involved with numerous other committees, boards of directors and professional organizations throughout his career.
The Quebec branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has recognized Mr. Legault’s contribution to the community through these various organizations by awarding him the Prix Rajpattie-Persaud Pro Bono during the Presidential Dinner on May 28, 2018. Member of the Bar since 1986, Mr. Legault has been a CBA member since 1998. Mr. Legault gets involved to further the causes that have become “his causes.” He feels that working inside an organization with its volunteers and staff is where we can see the impact that we can have and how important it is to get involved. “I love to contribute and help [my] fellow citizens in various areas and aspects of their lives,” he says. Even though it is important to have a wide range of talents within a team, Mr. Legault believes his legal skills can help advance the organizations he is involved with.
“When we show an interest, people notice and seem to reach out,” he says. This is what happened to him in his early days at the LLSC. “Some colleagues noticed my enthusiasm and my desire to contribute and asked me to join them on their adventure,” he remembers. He also had personal experience with leukemia, as one of his family members was taken by the disease before he came to the LLSC.
When giving his time, Mr. Legault sets goals to further the cause for which he is working. As LLSC Chair in 2012, he gave himself the mission of doubling the amount of research donations. “This was important for me, since it is directly through research that progress is made,” he says, proud of having accomplished that goal. Today, Mr. Legault is still involved with the LLSC, notably in Montréal’s Leadership Committee where he organizes the Light the Night Walk. After only two years on the Board of Pro Bono Québec, a legal organization, this year he chaired the organizing committee for the Grands Vins Grands Noms event. “When they contacted me, I gave myself the goal of getting more funding,” he says. His efforts and those of the entire team paid off, as the event’s 2018 edition was a “resounding success.”
Before joining Pro Bono Québec, Mr. Legault was involved in welcoming new arrivals following the “humanitarian crisis” triggered by Syrian refugees in 2016. Thanks to CN’s financial support, a training and support project was developed. This led to the creation of an information session program offered within assistance and host organizations across Quebec as a way to handle the newcomers’ legal concerns. “At Pro Bono Québec, [we are here for our] fellow citizens who are going through a difficult time by helping them with their legal questions. In certain situations, legal issues can be overwhelming. This is where we can help,” Mr. Legault says.
A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
While not one to seek recognition for his efforts, Mr. Legault is delighted to receive the Prix Rajpattie-Persaud Pro Bono. “I am proud of my organizations, their volunteers and their employees. It’s an award that reflects on all the groups I have worked for and those I still work for.”
He admits being moved that CBA Quebec gave him this recognition. “The fact that it’s from my peers is especially touching. It’s a special award, and even more so when I think of those who have received it before me!” He is also proud of being among the first “corporate lawyers” to receive the award. “I hope this will encourage other corporate lawyers to get involved.”
A SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYER
Today his role is Senior Counsel, Global Legal Affairs, at CN, and he participates in its Railroaders in the Community program. “It’s an added motivation when your employer is understanding and values implication.” Mr. Legault counts himself lucky to be part of a company that values helping others. “For [those] who wish to get involved in their community, they will want to take the leap if they know that their employer shares those values.” Mr. Legault feels that recognition from organizations like CBA Quebec can also inspire other lawyers to follow suit and help make society a better place.
CBA Quebec congratulates Gilles B. Legault for this well-deserved recognition. He perfectly embodies the spirit of this award, named in honour of the late Rajpattie Persaud, a lawyer who was heavily involved with his community.
29 mai 2018
Charlotte R. Castilloux, rédactrice-édimestre
la Division du Québec de l’Association du Barreau canadien (ABC-Québec)