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 Executive Director and co-founder of the Generations Foundation. He, together with his wife Natalie, founded the charitable organization in 1999.
The duo started operating Generations Foundation out of the basement of their home, focusing on feeding needy school children. They have since become strong community activists and advocates for the needs of those whose lives they touch.
Natalie began her career at what used to be known as the Canadian National Railways, from 1960 to 1967. After meeting and marrying Adrian, she chose to become a stay-at-home mother to their two sons. When the children were in school, she followed a refresher course and went back to Canadian National Railways.
Natalie continued in her work with children in the co-founding and operation of Generations Foundation. She is often the first line of communication for schools or families requiring their services.
She participates in the selection of schools and in the planning of the food programs. She also works closely with school professionals to send approximately 300 children to summer camps each year.
She is a liaison with corporations and donors to enable Christmas gift donations to thousands of children including Batshaw group homes. She is involved in organizing special events and regularly accompanies Adrian on visits to schools and group homes.
Adrian and Natalie plan on continuing their work for years to come, touching the lives of thousands of children and teens in the Montreal area.
See the Video interview at CJAD.com