“You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving!”A well-known, popular actress, Chantal Fontaine is also an active citizen. In addition to pursuing her acting career, she is a member of various boards of directors (SDC du Vieux-Montréal, Je fais Montréal, Invasion Folk St-Jérôme) and committees (Tourisme Montréal Gourmet Committee), demonstrating her desire to be one of the many people involved in promoting the city of Montreal. As a restaurateur for the past nine years and the co-owner of Accords Bistro, she is also familiar with running a business.
Since 1994, she has been the spokesperson for le Regroupement de la trisomie 21, an organization that aims to help children affected by Down syndrome gain their independence. As these children reached adulthood, eight years ago she joined L’appart à moi, which began construction on a nine-apartment building in the agglomeration of Longueuil. She also takes part in many fundraisers for various organizations every year.
Since 2018, she has been the spokesperson for the Les Nobilés gala, organized by the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal, which promotes volunteering in the city. As with all things, volunteering changes over time, and the social ties it creates have now made it an activity that fosters social inclusion. A volunteer herself, Chantal Fontaine has taken on her role as the gala’s spokesperson with energy and passion.