Maria and Vince Guzzo's vision
“As parents of five children, their well-being is our priority. This is why we would like to help improve the lives of as many youth as possible who may be affected by mental-health issues. We would like to do this through the use of preventative measures, in hopes of reducing the negative repercussions of mental illness.”
“Let’s raise children with the necessary tools to curb the effects of a difficult childhood.”
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. As of May 2015, the Notte In Bianco has benefited a countless number of mental health initiatives.
Maria Guzzo, Vice-President and head of charitable donations for the company, and Vincent Guzzo, Executive Vice-President and head of operations, plan on reorganizing the Guzzo family's charitable energies in support of youth mental health research.
Maria Guzzo: a committed woman
Recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association in 1995 and 1996, Maria Guzzo has been involved in the community for over a decade now.
She serves on a number of boards, including La Fondation Mon Seigneur Arthur Deschenes, Les Grands Ballets Canadien, l'Hopital Riviere-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 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. Mrs. Guzzo also contributed to several fundraising campaigns and contributed her time and raised funds for such campaigns, see her curiculum vitae.
A strong-willed woman, she received the Women of Action award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund in 2014. As well, in 2015, Maria Guzzo won the Italian Woman of the Year Award, and was honored as the first and youngest woman to receive this award by Montréal's Italian Community. Winning these awards underlines the exceptional contributions of this woman that has made a significant impact thanks to the concrete actions she took in the medical, entrepreneurial and philanthropic spheres.