The Michaëlle Jean Foundation Mourns the Passing of Canadian Arts Patron Yulanda Faris

OTTAWA, April 28, 2015—The Michaëlle Jean Foundation learnt with great sorrow of the passing of one of its founding board members, Vancouver-based philanthropist Yulanda Faris.

“Yulanda always displayed great compassion, generosity and dedication to our mission, which supports community arts initiatives that uplift at-risk youth across Canada,” said Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs of the Foundation. “Her commitment to this vital sector and her radiant philanthropic spirit undeniably transformed lives and brought beauty and joy to Canadians of all ages.”

In 2009, Ms. Faris joined the Right Honourable Michaëlle, Jean-Daniel Lafond and 20 other members of the arts, business, youth engagement and academic communities, to establish the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. With her support, the Foundation has grown into a national charity whose programs support arts projects for underprivileged youth in all regions of the country, including the Arctic.

An active patron of the arts, Ms. Faris was also a board member of the National Arts Centre, and she was the Chair of the Community Arts Council’s Community Arts Fund. The list of organizations supported by Ms. Faris and her husband, Mohammed Faris, include the Downtown Women’s Eastside Centre, the National Arts Centre, West Vancouver Foundation, the Vancouver Opera, the Scotiabank Dance Centre and the Vancouver Symphony.

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For more information:

Peter Flegel
Director of Programs and Communications
Michaëlle Jean Foundation

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