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.

Join us for WICA’s 23rd Annual Garden Tour


  Join us in celebrating WICA’s 40th anniversary in the community! The tradition continues with West Island Citizen Advocacy’s 23rd Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit West Island Citizen Advocacy. For more info, please call 514-694-5850, visit our website or our Facebook page.    

Public transportation must be adapted!

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“Unlikely”? “Absurd”? Let’s have a look at what adapted transport users have to go through. During the Quebec’s week for handicap people, we invite you to rethink the public transportation system as to make it an inclusive environment. Thank you to Regroupement Québécois du Parrainage Civique and to Regroupement des activistes pour l’inclusion au Québec (RAPLIQ) for uploading these two videos.  

Maximize your donation in June

During June, each dollar donated to WICA earns a chance to win a $10,000 donation through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! Click here to donate to WICA. In order to offer services to the most vulnerable citizens of the West Island community, WICA needs your support. The Great Canadian Giving Challenge gives you the opportunity to help us out and gives us the chance to

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