Birthday wishes go out to Sid Stevens
On June 25th Sid Stevens, an original member and co-founder of Sun Youth turned 75 years old. His friends and colleagues held a surprise party for him, where he received gifts and praise from everyone for the positive impact he has had on their lives. Born in 1940 to Jewish immigrant parents in the Plateau or “Main Street” district, Sid Stevens grew up in that colourful and strongly community-oriented area that would impact deeply on his upbringing and his career. In 1954, barely a teenager, Sid Stevens and a friend, Earl De La Perralle, co-founded the sports and recreation youth movement that was to become the Sun Youth Organization. Sixty-one years later, Sid Stevens, now Executive Vice-President, oversees the day-to-day operations of an organization that touches the lives of countless Montrealers every year, dispensing food, medication assistance, clothing, and emergency services, as well as providing sports, recreational and summer camp facilities to numerous young people. This kind of selflessness and care for others that he has and continues to demonstrate is what made him distinguished himself from the pack, and allowed him to enjoy a wonderful career serving the people of Montreal.
Over the course of his career Sid Stevens received many honours. In May 2012 he was decorated with by Senator Larry Smith with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, along with Sun Youth cofounder Earl De La Perralle. The previous year, Sid Stevens was selected by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal as the Great Montrealer of the Year in the Social Sector at their 2011 Tribute to Great Montrealers reception. While these are just two of the many honours Sid Stevens has received , they are demonstrative of the vast and far reaching impact his life has had on the community. Everyone at Sun Youth would like to wish Sid Stevens a Happy Birthday and many more!