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Founder of the BICSI Cares campaign passes away

Ray Gendron, a telecom and structured cabling specialist who founded BICSI Cares Inc. fundraising campaign purely b...


February 19, 2007  


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Ray Gendron, a telecom and structured cabling specialist who founded BICSI Cares Inc. fundraising campaign purely by accident, died yesterday in a Montreal palliative care facility following a battle with cancer.

“The telecommunications industry has served us well,” Gendron, a past president with the organization, once wrote. “The objective of BICSI Cares Inc. is to be a good corporate citizen and give something back to those less fortunate.”

The fund-raising initiative began when Gendron jokingly decided to pass a hat down a row of seats at a BICSI conference in the late 1970s and to his surprise it came back filled with money. Since there was no way of knowing who gave what, he decided instead to donate the cash to a charity.

The motto “BICSI Cares” was officially adopted in May 1992 and since then, more than US$1.15 million has been collected and presented on the last day of each conference to a charity in the host city.

Over the years it has given money to charities worldwide to help build schools, feed the hungry, stop domestic violence, combat illiteracy, sustain the environment, and especially to help children in need.

Sick, homeless, poor, neglected, and abused, as well as injured children and those with birth defects, have all found help.

Current BICSI president John Bakowski today described Gendron as a “great human being as well as a friend to everyone he ever met.”

Funeral arrangements had not yet been released at press time.