Magliano, Patricia Posius and Alison Noftall pose on McGill College
St. at the start of the Marche des Milles Parapluies, the launch of
MontrealŐs Centraide campaign on October 4. There were 8,000 people
there, whole contingents from companies and institutions, but only six
employees from Concordia.
employee Jacin Lapointe (above) collects for Centraide at last SaturdayŐs
game (below), where Rafael Borja, stepson of Patricia Posius, gave the
ball a good boot to launch ConcordiaŐs appeal. The Stingers game against
national champions the Laval Rouge et Or was televised by RDS. Concordia
gave a good fight, but lost 29-27.
A raffle is being held every week during the Centraide Concordia campaign,
and the sooner you get your pledge in, the better your chances of winning.
The first draw is tomorrow at 3 oclock. Regardless of whether
you win, your name goes back into the pot for the other prizes.
Here are the prizes for tomorrow draw: a Concordia sweatshirt, dinner
for two at Winnies Pub, a coffee calling-card gift pack, a museum
of Fine Arts gift pack worth $75, and a Sony audio stand worth $150.
Time to give something back
If youre a Concordia
employee, you should have received your pledge card in the mail by now.
Consider this: a pledge of just $1 a paycheque the cost of a cup
of coffee could buy breakfast for a child in inner-city Montreal,
or a game to keep a troubled adolescent off the streets. Even a pledge
of $5 a paycheque comes to only $130 for the year.
Concordia has about 50 volunteer canvassers who will be prodding you gently
to be generous in the coming weeks. Some have come up with ideas of their
own. Frances Weller, in IITS, has the co-operation of her boss, John Woodrow,
to hold a pizza party one day at lunchtime, with the proceeds going to
It is difficult to get this message out to students, but they have big
hearts. If you have contact with student groups, let them know about the
Dont forget about Squeegee Day, October 19, when Patricia Posius,
Ann M. Bennett, and their friends will offer to clean your windshield
or not clean it in exchange for a donation.
makes all the difference
Centraide centralizes fundraising
for organizations that improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable
members of our community.
Centraide of Greater Montreal raised more than $34.7 million in its 1999
campaign; $43,266 of that was from Concordia employees, mainly through
paycheque deductions through the year.
More than 300 organizations are supported by Centraide grants. Here are
We provide medical, social, and legal services and recreation to
youths of diverse communities, said Maychai Brown, interim director
of Head and Hands, the community agency in NDG.
The teen drop-in center has after-school programs and recreation, including
camping in the summer and trips in the winter. On the other hand,
our young parents program draws people in their early twenties, and mothers
with young kids.
A medical clinic is held at Head and Hands three times a week for local
people. They come because of the amount of time the nurse can give
them. We like to have the nurses really talk to the clients in a private,
non-rushed environment. Our approach is preventative, holistic, non-judgmental,
and respectful of the individual.
A refuge for women
Chez Doris is a refuge for women in any crisis situation. [Our clients]
might have serious problems, or just be alone, said Christine, a
crisis prevention worker at Chez Doris. Here, they have people to
Chez Doris provides two meals a day, clothing, a computer and someone
to talk to. If we see somebody go down the wrong path, we try to
prevent it, Christine said. We may refer them to CLSC, hospitals,
or social workers.
A doctor visits Chez Doris once a week, and theres a legal information
service. Christine said that the camaraderie is unique.
There are so many people from all walks of life here nobody
judges anybody else. Its special. The people may not have a whole
heck of a lot, but they help those who have less.
1, 2, 3 Go!
The Côte-des-Neiges location
of 1, 2, 3, Go! is one of six branches of a community initiative to serve
families with infants in Montreal. We mobilize the community around
children and work as closely as possible with the parents, because they
are the first people to know the needs of their children, said coordinator
1, 2, 3, Go! takes a preventative approach to improve the community around
little children. They can refer a family to public services they need
but were not aware of. All of the funding comes from Centraide.
Martin said, A lot of kids in CDN are refused when they start school
at 4. Its not because theyre not bright enough. Nineteen per
cent of the population are allophones, and these kids are behind in language
development, so they need stimulation. Their families are given
information on parenting, and medical and legal rights.
All the children deserve an equal chance in life. The first years
are very important, Martin said. In an effort to be close to the
families they help, 1, 2, 3, Go! rents a duplex in CDN. Its
important that we are here; there is no other outreach organization around
here. Families tell me its like home.