March 8 – International Women’s Day!

March 8th – International Women’s Day recognises that gender parity is linked to prosperity and well-being. Women’s advancement and leadership are central to the growth and health of our communities. Our lives collectively get better when women lead and we invest in them.

Today we celebrate West Island women like our very own Lynda Barrette, Executive Director of Volunteer West Island, who puts people first to build stronger communities. Listen to Lynda talk about the impact of volunteering at the Partage Action’s Fund Distribution ceremony.  With Lynda at the helm, Volunteer West Island is now more than ever a focal point for mobilizing citizens to help each other.  She is an active member of the Table de concertation des ainés de l’Ouest-de-l’Île, and a long-time advocate for seniors on the West Island.

Lesticia Agnès Seymour, is making a difference and changing the world, starting at home. A secondary 4 student at Saint-Georges High School, Lesticia believes that
volunteering is an act of solidarity that benefits both community and the volunteers themselves. “When a person gives their time, they give hope to someone in need… Volunteering an opportunit_DSC6771_Centre Action Bénév Ouest Ile_Web Size_11 mai 2015 Centre Cult PrfdsDenis Morisset_DM Photo inc 514-914-4216y to change people’s lives, including your own.” Young women on the West Island like Lesticia prove that “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. When you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. She showed leadership and commitment last year by completing over 150 hours for our Youth in Action Program. Hear more from Lesticia.

Teresa Dellar is co-founder and Executive Director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Teresa supports a dedicated team of 94 staff members and 235 volunteers who are essential in
conducting specialised end-of-life care and bereavement work. In Canada only 30% of those needing compassionate care ever receive it. Ms Dellar was not only able to help found an organisation on the West Island for those in desperate need of such assistance, but is a tireless champion for improving quality of care, organising the “Let’s Talk about Palliative Care First” conference for health professionals in Montreal. Under her leadership the Residence has become a model for other organisations.  She recognises the invaluable contributions of the centre’s staff and volunteers.  In honour of National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015) last year they created this video to say Thank you!.

Victoria Pinnell is the Community Service Co-ordinator at Lester B. Pearson School Board a2007mowagm009mnd works at Lakeside Academy, as well as being a member of the Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club. Not only does Victoria work to engage her students in community life , she also is a fundraising co-chair at MLUWC that raises money that goes towards scholarships for deserving West Island women. The youth volunteers at Lakeside Academy have been helping out at the Teapot 50 + Community in Lachine to break the isolation that seniors often face.

West Island Women, bringing people together to build stronger communities

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