Including an interview with Lorraine, volunteer at WICA Lorraine has been an active volunteer at WICA for the last seven years. In this time, Lorraine has truly embodied WICA’s philosophy of “people helping people”; this can be seen in the meaningful and lasting friendships she has developed with her protégés. I don’t have the time to volunteer. Only retirees do. At WICA, half of
In spite of the threat of rain, WICA’s 24th annual garden tour was a wonderful success! Thank you to all those who participated to our fundraising event! Despite the clouds surrounding the city center, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue offered enjoyable weather for our visitors! This year’s fundraiser in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and Senneville featured seven privates gardens as well as two gardens on the Macdonald campus (the community gardens, and the MSEG).
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
The Annual Garden Tour is a tradition of West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA). After 24 years of discovering the most beautiful gardens of the West Island, WICA is ready to wow its visitors once again. The Garden Tour is an important fundraiser for the organization. In order to continue providing essential services to the most vulnerable people in the West Island, WICA relies on the
A huge thank you to our WICA advocates and to all volunteers who are helping those affected by the flood! It has been truly humbling to see the West Island community come together so strongly in this time of need.
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
Christmas is a festive season. Generosity is rampant with organizations bringing Christmas baskets to those in need and volunteers donating their time to spread holiday cheer. But now that the presents are unwrapped, the paper recycled, the tree put to the curb or back in the box, the turkey and sweets consumed and the new year rung in, those people will still be in
Check out an article we wrote that was published on the West Island Blog: We would like to share with you a story of dedication and kindness that features a unique character. In some ways, this story is similar to the one of a white-bearded man in red suit who wanted every child in the world to get a gift at Christmas. And so
For the past six years, Patricia has been part of the Rendez-Vous Arts program (RVA), which offers art classes to adults struggling with various health and mental issues. The idea is to improve the quality of life for the RVA participants through artistic expression. In a world where one’s value in society is increasingly based on one’s ability to work, Patricia’s experience with art
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,