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
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
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,
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
Exciting news at West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA). We are pleased to announce that Marla Newhook has been appointed interim director! Check out this video to hear what she has to tell you…
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!
« 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
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
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.