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Sudbury businessman donates $100K to NEO Kids Foundation

Allain Labelle of Innova Wealth makes donation in support of pediatric care at Sudbury’s Health Sciences North
Allain Labelle gathered with family members to present a $100,000 donation to the NEO Kids Foundation at Health Sciences North. Those taking part in the donation event included, left to right, Nell Frederickson, Sophie Labelle, Allain Labelle, Anthony Keating, Dr. Sean Murray, Josee Labelle, Melanie Labelle and Anita Labelle.

Pediatric care at Health Sciences North got a $100,000 boost this week thanks to the generosity of Sudbury businessman Allain Labelle.

As the vice president of the Club Richelieu Sudbury and a business partner at Innova Wealth, Labelle made the personal donation to the NEO Kids and Family Program at Health Sciences North (HSN), said a news release from the Foundations office.

"Inspired by long-time friend and fellow Club Richelieu Sudbury member, Richard Cousineau (OCP Construction Supplies) and his family, Labelle chose to withdraw his minimum registered retirement income fund (RRIF) to make a significant donation towards the health and well-being of children and youth in Northeastern Ontario," said the release.

“I am happy to provide this gift to support pediatric care in Northeastern Ontario,” said Labelle in the foundation announcement. 

“Children have unique needs which require access to the most advanced equipment and procedures, to help them get healthy. I hope my gift will encourage others to give back and empower and support the next generations of young leaders in Northeastern Ontario.”

The donation was welcomed by Anthony Keating, President and Chief Development Officer, Foundations and Volunteer Groups at HSN.

"Allain's gift is transformational for the health of children and their families in our region – now and into the future," said Keating.

"His gift will ensure that our NEO Kids continue to receive exceptional care in a child-centered environment, designed to meet their specific needs. We are beyond thankful for the generosity of our donors, like Allain, and their selflessness to help the NEO Kids and Family Program provide advanced care, closer to home," Keating added.

The $100,000 donation will support pediatric care through the purchase of life-saving equipment, funding of specialized programs, and future capital renovations for the NEO Kids and Family Program at HSN, said the foundation statement.

In presenting the donation, Labelle was joined by his partner Anita, daughters Melanie and Josée, granddaughters Nell and Sophie, Anthony Keating, and Dr. Sean Murray, the Medical Director of NEO Kids.