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Winter is tough on seniors

This winter has been tough on everyone it seems. People were fighting flu, colds, gastros and every other ailment that seems to strike during the winter months. For those of us who are lucky enough to have strong immune systems, we powered through though. We got up, went to work, took care of our families and carried on. For those who have weak immune

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Like a day at the beach!

On a hot summer day, Chuch Apartment Program (CAP) residents and West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) staff put their swimsuit on and headed to the Cap St-Jacques beach! The CAP program provides permanent housing with daily living support and seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals who struggle with long-term mental health problems. Volunteering can be like a day at the beach!

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Free Legal Clinic at the CRC

Free Legal Clinic Friday August 12th, 2016  Confidential service               Free consultation           By appointment only Good afternoon community partners, The West Island Community Resource Centre’s next legal clinic will be held on Friday, August 12th. The 15 minute consultations could provide information on a variety of topics, including: Damage claims  Divorce  Child custody  Employment law  Estates

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Break the stigma of mental health – Part 3

“As a [social work] student they’re always saying you need to have empathy, you have to put yourself in their shoes, but not to a point you get overwhelmed. They would always say only those who’ve been through can truly understand. And then when something happen to me they say you can’t be a social worker now. And I was crushed. Cause I thought,

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Warm thank you to Java Kap!

On Friday, July 15th, the West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) received a very generous donation from Java Kap of a Keurig coffee machine and capsules. This will go a long way toward helping to improve the quality of life for those living with a handicap, as well as seniors and the disadvantaged of the West Island. Thanks to Java Kap’s generous donation, WICA can

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Find unity at Mont-Rigaud

« Toi qui empruntes Ce sentier, écoute Le silence et le vent Dans les arbres et Le chant des oiseaux. Laisse surtout Parler ton cœur Tu entendras Plus grand que toi. » J.H. It was a cloudy Wednesday morning in June of 2016, the West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) organized an outing to Mont-Rigaud for residents of the Church Apartments Program (CAP).  These programs provide subsidized, semi-supervised housing for 44 adults with mental health problems and or are intellectually

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Break the stigma of mental health – Part 2

From Colleen’s own perspective, she feels that the moment people know that someone has mental health problem, they don’t see that person the same way. They change the way they speak and act and tiptoe around the issue, they build these jails made of glass. For those like Colleen, it is especially frustrating because people only see the mental health problems. One’s qualities, passions

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Break the stigma of mental health – Part 1

“I got shunned (out), I got ignored, I got treated differently.” You are standing up, looking at the world bustling about. You are surrounded by people talking to one another and laughing together. In a spontaneous gesture, you step forward to join them. Until you hit something hard and cold. Your body crashes against what seems to be glass. You don’t understand what is

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Meet Jane and Ann

Jane* is a 103-years-old and is not short of humour or anecdotes. “I play Scrabble, but I ain’t that smart!” she joked. Ann*, her volunteer from West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) laughed it off and reminded Jane of her 310-point Scrabble game. Ann has been volunteering for the past three years at WICA and was matched with Jane to visit a couple of times a

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Recruiting volunteers in Lachine

On Tuesday morning, WICA was in Lachine during La Théière‘s Annual General Meeting. Here’s what our stand looked like: In order to meet the growing needs of the community in Lachine, we need locals to volunteer. By going on the field and meeting the citizens, WICA can connect with the locals and better understand how they want to contribute.