A record crowd of more than 1500 friends, family and dignitaries raised $600,000 while honouring LiUNA Local 183 Business Manager, Jack Oliveira, at Community Living Mississauga’s 33rd annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, March 30th.

The evening, which was emceed by Marcello Di Giovanni- Sector Coordinator, Roads, Fencing and Landscaping -LiUNA Local 183, included silent and live auctions and treated guests to entertainment from Portuguese singer/impersonator, Fernando Pereira and local pianist, Ron Adea.

Joe Mancinelli, Vice President and Regional Manager of LiUNA, the Labourers’ International Union of North America; the Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance; John Almeida, Senior Vice President, Aecon Transportation East, responsible for Aecon Construction and Materials Limited, Karson, Aecon Materials Engineering and Yellowline Asphalt Products Ltd.; and Jack’s daughters, Jessica and Danielle Oliveira shared memories and stories about Jack’s work and family life.

Following his piano performance, Ron Adea, who has an intellectual disability and has participated in Community Living Mississauga’s employment program, also shared some of his personal experiences with the organization and explained the impact it has had on his life.

Now in its 33rd year, the annual Tribute Dinner raises much needed funds to provide opportunities for children and youth who have an intellectual disability to attend summer camp programs.

“Community Living Mississauga has seen many changes since our first Tribute Dinner was held. During these 33 years, we have built an organization which has seen growth and expansion in opportunities that cover all aspects of life from residential opportunities to day support, employment, leisure and recreational activities,” said Eugene Nolin, President of Community Living Mississauga’s Board of Directors. “We are proud to host this event to honor Mr. Oliveira, who is also been building this community for more than 30 years.”

Jack A. Prazeres, Chair of the 2017 Tribute Dinner Planning Committee, echoed Nolin’s sentiments about the important role Jack Oliveira has had on our community.

“Jack is known and respected across Ontario for his loyalty, friendship and dedication to others,” said Prazeres. “Jack is responsible for building communities from the ground up…inclusive communities that will welcome people of all backgrounds, religions and levels of ability. For that reason, Jack Oliveira was an obvious choice as this year’s honouree.”