An exceptional person
Losing a child is an unimaginable tragedy. It is not the natural order of things, but it does happen. It is the cruelest hardship that a family can go through. Facing the unavoidable and staying the course through the storm can be very hard. The Lighthouse Children and Families is the first pediatric palliative care hospice in Quebec. It supports more than 300 families across the province by providing them with customized care and services to guide them through the storm.
Funded more than 50% by philanthropy, the Lighthouse depends on exceptional people to light the way for families of seriously ill children. Julie-Martine Loranger, partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group in Montréal, is one of these exceptional people. Throughout her career, Ms. Loranger has won multiple awards and distinctions. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is in the top 1% of experienced trial lawyers recognized for upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct. In 2017, she was awarded the title of Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec bar.
Within the Lighthouse community, however, people look to Ms. Loranger for a completely different reason. Through her longstanding commitment, Ms. Loranger embodies McCarthy Tétrault’s values of inclusion and social responsibility. The year 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of The Lighthouse Children and Families. Very few children from the Lighthouse will get to blow out that many candles. Over the years, Ms. Loranger has held these children close to her heart and many times “given her birthday as a gift,” inviting her friends and family to give to the Lighthouse. Early this year, Ms. Loranger confirmed her participation for the fifth year in a row as an honorary patron of the Lighthouse annual cocktail. One of the most attended fundraising events, this prestigious cocktail is an opportunity for the Montréal business community to support children and families, at the invitation of Ms. Loranger and her colleagues on the honorary committee.
“Working with Julie on the honorary committee is incredible. She inspires us to outdo ourselves through her experience, ability to leverage her network, loyalty to the cause and generosity,” says François Gratton, Group President, TELUS, and Chair, TELUS Québec, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse and co-president of the 2019 cocktail.
This is an exciting but busy time for the committee. Research and hospitals are doing extraordinary work. The needs of children fighting severe life-threatening diseases are more complex than ever. And the Lighthouse’s funding needs are increasing as a result. This is the context in which Ms. Loranger, a leading lawyer in every respect, has helped Quebec families facing the fiercest storm for the past five years.