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Meet WICA’s summer students!

We are thrilled to announce that three students are joining West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA)’s team for the summer. Thanks to the financial support of the federal government, WICA can offer a unique experience in the community sector to these three young women. For several years now, WICA has benefited from the contribution of students from diverse educational backgrounds. Their knowledge is put toward

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Meet Ron and Maurice

Great stories start with kind-hearted people like Peter and Ron. Beside the fact they are brothers-in-law, both men share something very special: The two retired men are volunteering on a regular basis with isolated seniors.  It all started with Peter who first enrolled as an advocate with West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) a year ago. “It’s just that if you have the time, patience,

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RVA Exhibition series – Part 2

For the past three years, Geneviève has conducted art classes on a regular basis in a retirement house. As part of the Rendez-Vous Arts (RVA) program, she introduces participants to painting and water painting. At the end of the year, the finished paintings are collected and some are chosen to be presented at our Annual Rendez-Vous Arts exhibition. This year’s exhibition will be held

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Thank you for your June donations!

During June, each dollar donated to West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) earned us a chance to win a $10,000 donation through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Even though we did not won the big price, we still received precious donations thanks to your support. With that contribution, WICA can continue to offer services to the most vulnerable citizens of the West Island community.The Great Canadian Giving

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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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