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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

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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

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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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WICA on the West Island Blog

Check out an article we wrote that was published on the West Island Blog: We would like to share with you a story of dedication and kindness that features a unique character. In some ways, this story is similar to the one of a white-bearded man in red suit who wanted every child in the world to get a gift at Christmas. And so

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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

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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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