Jun 13, 11:12 EDT
By Andrea Houston
Toronto Star Staff Reporter
The head of Canada's largest software company has donated $1 million to the Multiple Sclerosis Society as a way of honouring his father.
The gift from Douglas Bergeron, president of GEAC Computer Corp. Ltd., is the largest single donation from an individual to the MS Society in its 52-year history.
"This gift is an attempt to honour my father's work as a community leader, as a role model for how to live with MS and as a father," Bergeron said in a statement. "I consider it my Father's Day gift to him."
Bergeron's father was diagnosed with MS at the age of 11 and was forced to stop working at 34.
The gift is part of an on-going flow of funding by Bergeron. On top of the $1 million, Bergeron will donate $100,000 on Sept. 1 and every Sept. 1 for the next 10 years, said Jen Smith of the MS Society of Canada.
"Half of the money will go to research and half to the Windsor-Essex Community where his father worked for MS."
"This donation is unprecedented," she added. "We are so very grateful and it will be put to good use."
Bergeron said, "With this gift, I challenge other Canadian business
leaders, especially in the high tech sector, to share their good fortune
and to help beat multiple sclerosis."