Maria and Vince Guzzo's Vision
“As parents of five children, our priority is their well-being. This is why we would like to help improve the lives of as many young people as possible who may be affected by mental-health issues. We would like to do this by providing funding for the increase and availability of preventative measures, in hopes of reducing the cases of untreated mental illness in youth.”
“Let’s raise children with the necessary tools to curb the effects of a difficult childhood.”
-Maria F. Guzzo
Since 2007, the Guzzo family has made it their personal mission to support research in the field of environment-cancer. Over the years, a number of fundraising events, the Notte in Bianco, has raised over $2,250,000 for the Guzzo Environment-Cancer Research Chair of the Université de Montréal. And, since May 2015, the Notte In Bianco has also contributed to a countless number of mental health initiatives.
Maria F. Guzzo, Vice-President Community Affairs, Cinémas Guzzo, and President of Honor Fondation Mgr. Arthur Deschênes; and Vincent Guzzo, Executive Vice-President and head of operations, Cinémas Guzzo, are reorganizing the Guzzo family's charitable energies in support of youth mental health research.
Maria F. Guzzo: A woman committed to improving the lives of others, especially young people
Recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association in 1995 and 1996, Maria F. Guzzo has been involved in the community for over a decade now.
She sat on several boards, including La Fondation Mon Seigneur Arthur Deschênes, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies (Centre Hospitalier de soins psychiatriques), and the Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal foundation, formely known as the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine Hospital in the east end of Montréal.
Philanthropic activities have always been a priority for this woman who’s involved in her community and cares about its well-being. That is why Maria F. Guzzo has led several philanthropic projects including those related to the Guzzo Environment-Cancer Research Chair, as well as numerous mental health events across the city.
Mental health is an issue that strikes a chord with her. Since 2013, she took on a number of initiatives aimed at advancing research in this area. Among these initiatives, there are the eating disorder and mental health awareness campaigns led by the Douglas Institute, the Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital, the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, and many others. Maria F. Guzzo also contributed her time to and raised funds for several fundraising campaigns. See her curriculum vitae.
A strong-willed woman, she received the Women of Action award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund in 2014. In 2015, Maria F. Guzzo won the Italian Woman of the Year Award and was honored as the first and youngest woman to receive this award by Montreal's Italian community. Winning these awards underlines the exceptional contributions she has made and the significant changes that have resulted, thanks to her concrete actions in the medical, entrepreneurial and philanthropic spheres.