The Annual Garden Tour is a tradition of West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA). After 24 years of discovering the most beautiful gardens of the West Island, WICA is ready to wow its visitors once again. The Garden Tour is an important fundraiser for the organization. In order to continue providing essential services to the most vulnerable people in the West Island, WICA relies on the
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
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
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!
On August 12, CAP organized a trip to Ottawa with the Omega Center for its residents in the appartment program and members of the Omega Center. It was a fun-filled day of sight-seeing as we made our way to Parliament Hill for a guided tour of the grounds where we learned some of the history surrounding Ottawa and the Parliament buildings. We enjoyed sandwiches,
CAP will be hosting its family BBQ on August 27 at Farley House (14585 Pierrefonds Blvd). The BBQ starts at 5pm, so come join us for food and fun!
Are you creative? Do you live in the West Island? And are you willing to volunteer some of your time? Then you’re the perfect candidate for our Rendez-Vous Arts program, a project of West Island Citizen Advocacy! This project teaches basic to moderate art skills to elderly people who are dealing with special needs. We are currently looking for someone to fill the position
WICA is sad to say goodbye to an amazing man and devoted volunteer, Joe Fahey, who passed away on July 10th 2015. Joe was a long-time volunteer for WICA as an artist coach for the Rendez-Vous Arts project. His constant dedication and compassion towards his students and staff alike will certainly be missed.On behalf of the West Island Citizen Advocacy we would like to
written by Jane Hobson West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA) launched a new fundraising plan in June and Mary Clare Tanguay continued on Saturday by inviting guests to a wine tasting in Pierrefonds. WICA is a non-profit organization that matches volunteers with community members who are handicapped or disadvantaged. “The new fundraising plan encourages WICA members to turn ordinary events into fundraisers,” said Mary Clare
Testimonial from a volunteer artist coach About twelve years ago, I read a West Island Citizen Advocacy advertisement in search for volunteer art coaches to teach classes to people facing special challenges. I had the confidence that I could assist interested students who wanted to learn or improve their technics in acrylic painting. I responded to the ad, and I have been an artist