CJAD 800 and the Montreal Community Cares Foundation are recognizing Montreal's unsung heroes. Do you know an outstanding member of the community you think should be recognized? You can send in your submission at www.montrealcommunitycares.com!

Check out the CJAD Heros of the Month page to find out more and to hear stories about the selfless people who have made a special effort to give back to their community.

Nicholas Katalifos

CJAD Hero of the Month Nicholas Katalifos

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”― Mahatma Gandhi Nicholas Katalifos has his hands in many pots, and efficiently manages all of them. Father to a son with autism, Nicholas is always available to help, sitting on various committees including the I Can Dream Theatre Group. He […]


CJAD Heroes of the Month Nathalie Richard and Caroline Elias

“Compassion, acceptance and LOVE is the cure to most of the issues that plague this world.”― Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir Nathalie Richard and Caroline Elias are parents of children with physical disabilities. After years of dealing with the obstacles that come with raising special needs children, they decided to help […]


CJAD Hero of the Month Joel Tyrrell

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela Quietly changing the community, one basketball game at a time … that’s what CJAD’s March Hero has been doing for over 40 years. For Joel Tyrrell, […]

Todd Smith

CJAD Hero of the Month Todd Smith

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ― Rumi, The Essential Rumi   Some people go through life knowing they need to be doing more. They wonder, year after year, what it would be like to pursue their passion and do what […]

Brent Pearce

CJAD Hero of the Month Brent Pearce

See Brent Pearce’s CJAD video interview The professor at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business took a small idea and turned it into something more. He is truly an ideal story to inspire a whole new year of CJAD Heroes. Like many of us, he had an idea that could help his community, but, […]

Valérie Larouche

CJAD Hero of the Month Valérie Larouche

CJAD’s December Hero of the Month is a single mom, doing some amazing work for her community. Valérie Larouche is an example of someone who not only overcame the odds, but who is in turn helping others explore opportunities they once believed were not possible for them. She is a single mother working and volunteering […]

Natalie and Adrian Bercovici

CJAD Heroes of the Month Natalie and Adrian Bercovici

Nominated by Nick Patuli for their incredible community work, Natalie and Adrian Bercovici are anti-poverty advocates and recognized leaders in charitable campaign planning. Adrian has received the Merit Award for organization and achievement in the CN Community Fund, as well as the Maurice Auzat Memorial Award for dedication and exceptional service. Adrian is currently the […]

Chelsie Santoro

CJAD Hero of the Month Chelsie Santoro

Chelsie Santoro was born in December 2002, an only child to a Canadian born English speaking mother and a Canadian born father with Italian origins. Living in a French Province has given her the distinct advantage of being almost perfectly trilingual. Chelsie is in the 5th grade at an international French school where she maintains […]


CJAD Hero of the Month Mikaella Goldsmith

Mikaella Goldsmith was nominated by the James Lyng Board of Directors for her work as the community learning center coordinator at James Lyng High School and with a variety of non-profit organizations that offer much needed support for kids in the South West area. Having grown up in Côte-des-Neiges and Little Burgundy, she has volunteered […]


CJAD Hero of the Month Johnny Montanaro

Johnny Montanaro is a name many people may recognize for his contributions to the music industry over last 40 years, but it is due to his selflessness and giving nature for which he should truly be recognized. That is why CJAD is honouring him as the Hero of the month for July. At the age […]


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