Céline Dion is a true ambassador of Canada’s music, culture and humanitarian spirit. With a universally popular voice that crosses musical and linguistic barriers, Dion is one of the top contemporary pop artists in the world. Her chart-topping hits include contributions to the soundtracks of award-winning blockbuster films and several albums sung in her native French.
Throughout her career, Dion’s hard work and musical versatility have earned immense international respect and recognition. Her talent and dedication have been honoured with countless awards, including several Grammy Awards and World Music Awards. Nowhere has her contribution to contemporary music been more appreciated than in her native country, where she has received numerous Juno Awards and has been inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, the Order of Canada, the National Order of Québec and Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Despite the truly astonishing pace of her rise to stardom and the continuing popular demand for her talent, Dion always finds time for the causes close to her heart. She has been promoting public awareness about Cystic Fibrosis for nearly 25 years, and she currently serves as the National Celebrity Patron for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her song “Vole” from the album D’eux is an emotional tribute to her niece Karine, who died of Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 16. Sung in both French and English, the song is a testament to Dion’s commitment to bringing hope and inspiration to the world even in the face of tragedy. This same commitment led her to contribute the song “Prayer” to Peace Songs, a benefit compilation CD whose proceeds benefited War Child Canada’s international humanitarian programs in support of war-affected children.
Céline Dion supports get loud and War Child Canada. Other organizations and campaigns that Céline has been involved with include:
- In February 2006 Céline, Elton John and Jerry Seinfeld performed a special benefit show (H.E.A.R.T) raising $2.1 million for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
- In January 2005 she joined a host of fellow Canadian celebrities to raise money for survivors of the tsunami in Southeast Asia through CBC’s Canada for Asia campaign
- In May 2005 she raised over $1,000,000 for UNICEF’s Tsunami Recovery Fund in aid of victims of the Asian tsunami.
- In December 2002, Dion and her husband René Angélil became supporters of the Growing Up Healthy campaign at the Fondation de l’Hôpital Sainte-Justine, a hospital for sick children in Montreal. Through a public awareness-raising campaign, the pair committed themselves to raising $100 million dollars in donations for the hospital’s development. By December 2005, over 125 million dollars had been raised.
- In 1998 Céline and René created the Celine Dion Foundation, which supports various charitable organizations, especially those concerned with sick children and children who are experiencing difficulties. Thanks to Céline and René’s personal contributions, the Foundation has donated over $8 million dollars. Because management is done free of charge by their company, Feeling Productions Inc., 100% of the funds collected are distributed.
- She has actively taken part in the Breast Cancer Foundation’s Think Pink campaign, which supports research, education and awareness about the disease