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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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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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Maximize your donation in June

During June, each dollar donated to WICA earns a chance to win a $10,000 donation through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! Click here to donate to WICA. In order to offer services to the most vulnerable citizens of the West Island community, WICA needs your support. The Great Canadian Giving Challenge gives you the opportunity to help us out and gives us the chance to

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Come celebrate with us

  This year marks WICA’s 40th anniversary in the community. Forty years of providing much-needed practical and emotional support for the most vulnerable members of the West Island community. WICA continues to match proteges one-to-one with volunteers who fulfill a number of needs, whether it’s breaking isolation through social visits and outings, or enabling a person to retain their independence by accompanying them to

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advocate of the month

Christiane epitomizes everything that it means to be a volunteer. She was matched with her protégé over two years ago and she visits her weekly. Her protégé Mary-Ann is in her 90’s and is socially isolated. She doesn’t get out much due to her age and her physical health. Christiane provides much-needed emotional and social support. When the weather is more cooperative, they go

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We need you!

WICA was sad to hear about the passing of Mary McAskill who would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. She was a long-time volunteer for WICA and when she needed help herself, she was matched with a volunteer who visited her every week, sometimes twice a week, for the past 11 years. They were great friends and they enjoyed each other’s company. Since

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