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2010 — Community
Anna and Alcoa Foundation: the story continues
Living with someone suffering from mental health issues is enormously challenging, especially for children.
This is the reason behind a partnership created in 2003 thanks to the Bécancour Smelter: the partnership between Anna and Alcoa Foundation. Through an initial grant, the Foundation enabled the publication of the beautiful story of Anna et la mer (Anna and the Sea) and the distribution of over 5,000 copies of the book to schools, medical facilities and other locations where it could be of help.
Since then, Anna et la mer has travelled throughout the province. In addition, Anna workshops were launched and others continue to be created to offer support and answers to children living with a parent suffering from mental illness. In 2008, Anna et la mer received a silver medal at the Alcoa Impact Awards. Bolstered by this success, the daughter of the initiative’s founder, Rebecca Heinisch, decided to lend her own brand of support to her mother’s worthy endeavour by promoting the book as part of a student project. For her efforts, she was awarded first prize in the Concours québécois en entreprenariat (Québec entrepreneurs competition).
Today, the story continues. Again with the support of Alcoa Foundation, the book is now available in English under the title, Anna and the Sea. This will enable other organizations to benefit from this initiative, which has already been implemented at over 20 locations in several cities across Québec, including the communities where Alcoa is present. In addition, Anna et la mer was also presented live for the first time last October.
Alcoa Foundation is particularly proud to have contributed to the inception and evolution of this project. Long live Anna and the Sea!
Rebecca Heinisch, author of Anna and the Sea, and Jean-Yves Ducharme from the Bécancour Smelter.