WICS – Excitement was in the air at the Salle Pauline Julien on May 26th. That’s when (WICS) West Island Community Shares distributed the funds raised during its last campaign to 41 local community groups during its “Live Here, Give Here Celebration”. The fundraising group surpassed its goal of $1.2 million to raise a total of $1,205,500.
Close to 250 people were in attendance at the Celebration, including donors, partners, elected officials, volunteers and community group representatives. Highlights of the evening included touching testimonials from 17-year-old Krystal Uribe, who explained how Leave Out ViolenceE (LOVE) West Island, helped her find her way following a period of suicidal ideation and a suicide attempt. Donna Coleman, who lost her daughter to cancer, also told those in attendance how Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer (VOBOC) helped her through a very difficult period. These groups are among the 41 community groups to receive funding from West Island Community Shares.
“The West Island is a very special place,” said Leanne Bayer, Executive Director of West Island Community Shares. “Just as we saw recently with the flood relief efforts, the community mobilizes to come to the aid of those in need.”
“Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this year’s campaign,” said Ms. Nada Nasreddine, President of West Island Community Shares. “Thanks to the collective effort of residents, local businesses, partners and volunteers, West Islanders going through hard times can find help close to home.
A one-time donation of $7,500 was awarded to the KIZMET CENTRE to be built for families in a disadvantaged area of the West Island to give their young children the healthy start needed to improve their long term well-being. The KIZMET Centre will be an extension of WIAIH’s existing preschool; a property owned and managed by WIAIH.
1 in 5 West Islanders turns to a community group for help every year. More than 60% are children or youth. They are struggling with hunger, cancer, autism, bullying, substance abuse and more.
West Island Community Shares also announced that Mr. Martin Thibodeau, Regional President, Quebec, RBC Royal Bank and Mr. John Helou, President of Pfizer Canada will act as West Island Community Shares’ campaign co-chairs for the 2017-2018. The campaign goal is set at $1.3 million.
ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FROM 2016-2017 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Accompagnement Bénévole de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (ABO) – $34,000 – Provides transportation and accompaniment to treatment for residents battling cancer or other critical illnesses who have no other means of transportation.
Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer (VOBOC) – $39,000 – VOBOC is dedicated to easing the cancer journey by granting special requests for adolescents and young adults undergoing cancer treatment.
West Island Cancer Wellness Centre (WICWC) – $30,000 – Offers a whole-person approach to cancer care focusing on the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and educational needs of those experiencing cancer.
ANEB Quebec – $53,000 – ANEB Quebec helps people whose lives have been touched by an eating disorder and their families. Eating disorders affect up to 10,000 West Islanders between the ages of 15 and 40 and their families every year.
Centre Bienvenue – $61,000 – Provides support and psychosocial services in the community, and work reintegration programs to improve acceptance of mental illness and contribute actively to society.
Family Resource Centre – $15,000 – The Family Resource Center works to support youth (ages 5-25), their parents and professionals affected by mental health issues such as learning disabilities, social skills and behavioural struggles. Individualized and specialized services include: social & study skills programs, counselling, parent support groups, professional workshops and referrals.
Friends for Mental Health – $45,000 – Friends for Mental Health provide crucial support, counselling and respite services to West Island families coping with the mental illness of a loved one.
L’Équipe Entreprise – $38,000 – Provides work activities that assist West Islanders living with a mental illness.
Omega Community Resources – $23,000 – This day centre is open Monday-Saturday to assist adults with mental health problems residing in the West Island. The Saturday program offers clients support and follow-up while encouraging improvement of their self-esteem and autonomy.
Perspective Communautaire en Santé Mentale (PCSM) – $27,000 – Is dedicated to helping people with mental health problems achieve their fullest potential while meeting the challenges of everyday living within their community.
YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (AJOI) – $40,000 – AJOI youth/street workers offer prevention and intervention on issues such as drugs, alcohol, violence, sexuality, and homelessness to youths 12 to 25 years old.
AMCAL Family Services – $67,000 – AMCAL provides a residence for teens in crisis and counselling services to their family members. It also offers a full range of programs and services for families in difficulty.
Big Brothers Big Sisters West Island – $38,000 – This organization provides responsible adult guidance to children through quality mentoring and in-school programs. Trained volunteers are matched with children and support them professionally in their search for a full and happy life.
Carrefour des 6-12 ans – $49,000 – The Carrefour provides services for children living in areas of our community where low income families make up more than 70% of the population, and where 42% of students have learning difficulties and require specialized education support.
Cloverdale Multi-Resources Family Centre – $29,000 – Encourages children and families from the Cloverdale area and its surroundings who often live in difficult conditions to get involved with each other, to improve and maintain their well-being through various services such as animation, prevention and education.
De-Zone Youth Centre – $16,000 – De-Zone is a safe, substance-free space where youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can spend time to hang out, talk with youth workers, get homework help and meet new people.
KIZMET CENTRE – $7,500 – Centre to be built for families in a disadvantaged area of the West Island to give their young children the healthy start needed to improve their long term well-being. The KIZMET CENTRE will be an extension of WIAIH’s existing preschool; a property owned and managed by WIAIH.
La Maison de Jeunes de A-Ma-Baie – $34,000 – Les Maisons de Jeunes are activity and resource centers for youths that offer a constructive alternative to the streets and shopping centers for teenagers looking for guidance and a healthy place to hang out. For many teens, this place offers them a level of stability they cannot find at home.
Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) – $27,500 – Offers youth the support and skills they need to reject negative behaviour and to replace aggression with more constructive ways to be seen and heard. LOVE’s unique approach of youth reaching out to youth has impacted the lives of hundreds of young people across the West Island.
LGBTQ Youth Centre ($5,000) – Provides a welcoming environment where young people questioning their sexual identity can easily and safely go to meet, talk, ask questions, develop relationships, and understand themselves.
Pierrefonds Community Project – $65,000 – Provides services and programs for low-income and immigrant families. They also offer a young mothers program that helps girls as young as 14 years old cope with the challenges of parenthood.
Portage (West Island program) – $8,000 – Provides specialized drug addiction rehabilitation programs for young substance abusers. Helps residents acquire the self-awareness and the competencies they need to overcome drug addiction and go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives.
Project Cumulus – $7,000 – Offers a substance abuse prevention program in schools and in the community for 12-30 year olds.
The Ecomuseum Zoo – $12,000 – Teaches children and adults the importance of protecting the local environment and wildlife. Visitors can discover more than 115 species of live animals from Quebec in a natural setting. Offers a large variety of activities on-site and off-site.
West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra – $18,000 – Offers young musicians (aged 8-25) the opportunity to develop skills, discipline, a sense of teamwork and a deeper understanding of music.
SPECIAL NEEDS & OTHER HEALTH
Association québécoise de voile adaptée – Pointe-Claire – $13,000 – Makes it possible for those suffering from severe physical or sensory handicaps to improve their quality of life and integration into the community by learning to sail autonomously.
AVATIL – Towards Independent Living – $16,000 – Offers one-stop, community-based services, including support networks for those individuals with a mild intellectual handicap living on their own, and residential alternatives for those requiring a structured living situation.
Light a Dream – $14,000 – Provides young adults with special needs the opportunity to experience and learn in a
productive business environment while providing the community with quality products and services.
WIAIH & The Pat Roberts Centre – $55,000 – This special family resource centre provides preschool, recreational, residential and respite services to people with intellectual handicaps and autism and support to their families.
AWISH (Arthritis West Island Self Help Association) – $38,000 – Provides information, education and support and an exercise program to West Islanders affected by arthritis.
West Island CALACS – $27,000 – Offers help to women who have been the victims of sexual assault, as well as programs for the prevention of sexual assault. CALACS is the only service in the West Island to offer these services to women 14 years and older.
SENIORS, VOLUNTEERISM AND OTHER RESOURCES
Literacy Unlimited – $19,000 – In the West Island, 35,000 youth and adults are at risk for poor health, unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, problems with the law and becoming outcasts in our society due to a low level of literacy. Literacy Unlimited helps to remove this stigma by offering a one-to-one tutoring program, adult education classroom assistance and a high school literacy program.
Volunteer West Island – $37,000 – Recruits volunteers for the West Island non-profit community. Also implements social programs reducing isolation and assisting seniors to remain autonomous.
West Island Citizens Advocacy – $30,500 – Matches West Island residents who need help with volunteer advocates who provide emotional, practical or social support.
West Island Community Resource Centre – $42,000 – Offers information and referral clinics for people in crisis as well as workshops, publications and telephone services. On average, 7,000 residents seek health and social services information for themselves, their family, friends and neighbours each year.
Concertation Ouest-de-l’Île – $5,000 – Supports collective action by encouraging information exchange, mobilizing interested parties and introducing actions that support community development in the West Island. CODI facilitates the involvement of all key stakeholders in addressing the community’s cross-regional issues (ex. transportation and housing).
Bread Basket Lac St-Louis – $20,000 – Bread Basket Lac-St-Louis’ priority initiatives are to address food security with programs that provide access to healthy, fresh foods, social development issues such as environmental concerns and social housing, and to encourage and support a resident’s committee.
Breakfast Club of Canada (West Island) – $10,000 – Does its utmost to ensure that every child receives two elements required for learning: a nutritious breakfast and a nourishing environment. The funding from Community Shares is used to run the club at Harfang-des-Neiges school in Pierrefonds
On Rock Community Services – $10,000 – Offers a food bank, a school lunch service and a community diner to families in need.
West Island Assistance Fund – $37,000 – Helps West Island families who need food or any other type of support resulting from a poor social condition. Also offers free summer camp experience for under-privileged children living in the West Island.
West Island Mission – $10,000 – Provides food assistance and a popular Back to School Backpack program for the less fortunate living in the West Island of Montreal.