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).
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
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
Let’s face it, in spite of positive public relation campaigns, there is still a stigma attached to mental health issues. When people think of someone with a mental health problem the image of the Calgary bus beheading in 2008 comes to mind and more recently, the Ottawa shooting of a young corporal by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Both men are reportedly to have struggled with their
As a WICA community worker, there are many facets of the job besides making a match between our protégés and their volunteer advocates. In following up with one of my matches last week, my phone call was answered by a tearful family member who is the primary caregiver of her elderly mother. She needed more help than the volunteer could provide and she was at