Tag Archives

MYTHS ABOUT VOLUNTEERING IN THE WEST ISLAND

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

Read More »


A Sneak Peek at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue’s Most Beautiful Gardens

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).

Read More »


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

Read More »


Exciting Highlights of WICA’s 24th Annual Garden Tour

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

Read More »


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

Read More »


How to start 2017 on the right track

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

Read More »


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,

Read More »


WICA launches new project: Seniors Liaisons

West Island organization comes to aid of local seniors Aging is inevitable. For some, the golden years are anything but golden. West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) has launched “Seniors Liaisons”, an outreach project aimed at providing much-needed practical support to under-served, vulnerable seniors, especially those in multicultural communities isolated by language and societal barriers. “We have found that there are still many West Island

Read More »


YOGA for NOVA – Save the date

Save the date! NOVA West Island is pleased to collaborate with EnergiZen for the 5th edition of YOGA for NOVA Come enjoy some sun salutations by warming your hearts to a good cause! Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 from 10 am to 11:30 am Centre Harpell, 60 St-Pierre, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue H9X 1Y6 Minimum donation: $15 per person All level yoga one hour class for adults –

Read More »


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

Read More »