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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

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Meet a Unique Artist

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

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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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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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Like a day at the beach!

On a hot summer day, Chuch Apartment Program (CAP) residents and West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) staff put their swimsuit on and headed to the Cap St-Jacques beach! The CAP program provides permanent housing with daily living support and seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals who struggle with long-term mental health problems. Volunteering can be like a day at the beach!

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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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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.