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Tommy Kulczyk leaves Sun Youth

September 8, 2016

Tommy Kulczyk leaves Sun Youth

For the last 35 years, Tommy Kulczyk has been the essential driving force behind Sun Youth.

In 1982 he started working full time for Sun Youth, focusing his efforts primarily on helping others and eventually rising to become the Assistant Executive Vice-President and Director of the Emergency Services and Communications departments. Tommy is responsible for establishing numerous programs and services offered at Sun Youth, including our Food Bank, Assistance to Disaster Victims and Access to Medication just to name a few programs. Many of these programs emerged through agreements that Tommy helped establish with different partners including: Hydro-Quebec, Association Québécoise des Pharmaciens Propriétaires (AQPP), Montreal Youth Centres, Ste-Justine and Montreal children’s hospitals, several police departments within Quebec and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Over the past couple decades Tommy has taken part in several initiatives including the Advisory Commission on Income Security Programs; he is also a founding member of the Regroupement des organismes humanitaires et communautaires pour les mesures d’urgence à Montréal (ROHCMUM) acting as vice-president from 2008 to 2012. Tommy’s involvement with ROHCMUM earned him the Mérite québécois de la sécurité civile. Between 2006 to 2009, Tommy was appointed President of the Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale by the Government of Quebec. His remarkable contribution has helped produce four important position papers that focused on local action against poverty and social exclusion. In 2009 Tommy was elected as a city councillor of Saint-Jérôme and then appointed as Chairman of the Committee on sporting affairs. Finally in 2012 Tommy received several honours highlighting his thirty years of service to the community including the Claude-Beaulieu Prize, the Medal of the National Assembly and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
On June 29th 2016, the Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre announced the appointment of Tommy as Montreal’s first ever Commissioner of Youth. In this role begining in September he will be implementing Montreal’s new Youth Policy. On behalf of everyone at Sun Youth we would like to thank you for your 35 years of service and we look forward to seeing you flourish in your new appointment!

For the last 35 years, Tommy Kulczyk has been the essential driving force behind Sun Youth’s emergency services department, helping to create many of its most successful programs. Born in 1962 in the Plateau Mont-Royal borough, Tommy enviably joined Sun Youth’s Hockey program as a teenager, where he first began showing great leadership qualities and through our program went on to become the captain of the CAN-AM team in 1981. The CAN-AM team was an elite team made up of talented hockey players from the United States and Canada, who participated in international tournaments.

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