About us

About us

Mission statement
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To facilitate volunteerism by recruiting, training and referring volunteers within the Montreal West Island community.

To assist seniors to remain autonomous and break their isolation by developing and implementing social programs.

Vision statement

Growing volunteerism in our community.

Guiding principles

  • To recruit, train, support and recognize volunteers
  • To provide a positive experience for both volunteers and the community.
  • To enhance the quality of life, maintain the dignity and ensure the safety of individuals in the community.
  • To provide a dedicated staff to meet the needs of the organization

The team

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Lynda Barrett
Executive Director

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 222
Email: director@volunteerwestisland.org

Kathleen Greenfield

Kathleen Greenfield
Coordinator, Community Relations

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 229
Email: community@volunteerwestisland.org

 

Terry Aitken

Terry Aitken
Coordinator, Community Programs

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 228
Email: outreach@volunteerwestisland.org

 


Andrea DeRome
Coordinator, Volunteer Recruitment

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 227
Email: volunteers@volunteerwestisland.org

 

Amélie Guilbault
Food Services Coordinator

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 225
Email: vo@volunteerwestisland.org

 

Melissa Dickerman
Coordinator, Volunteer Recruitment – Youth

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 226
Email: rec@volunteerwestisland.org

Nuo (Nora) Xu

Nuo (Nora) Xu
Accountant

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 224
Email: accounting@volunteerwestisland.org

 

Renée Depocas Smith

Renée Depocas Smith
Administrative Assistant

Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 223
Email: info@volunteerwestisland.org


Board of directors

President: Victoria Jonas

Vice-President: Nancy Christiansen

Secretary: Erica Seabrook

Treasurer: Lorraine Balleine

Member: Carmela Carrara

Member: Diane Fry

Executive Director: Lynda Barrett

By invitation only from the Board of Directors
Ambassador: Patricia Empsall


Our reach

West island

We support the following municipalities and boroughs:

  • Baie-D’Urfé
  • Beaconsfield
  • Dorval
  • Dollard-des-Ormeaux
  • Ile Bizard
  • Kirkland
  • Lachine
  • Pierrefonds
  • Pointe-Claire
  • Roxboro
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
  • Sainte-Geneviève
  • Senneville

History and achievements

Volunteer West Island was established in 1967 as a branch of the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal. With the mandate of promoting volunteerism across the West Island, VWI helped initiate several community services until such groups achieved their independence:

1967: A group of volunteers initiated the umbrella organization known as the West Island Senior Enterprises
1969: The first Meals on Wheels group was started in Lachine; 15 other groups developed through the 70’s and 80’s
1972: A volunteer became a Big Brother and in 1976 Big Brothers became autonomous
1974: The first self-help group in Quebec was formed for multiple sclerosis patients
1975: VWI sponsored a group of volunteers eager to start a Citizen Advocacy program and in 1977 Citizen Advocacy became autonomous
1984: A group of volunteers started a self-help group for people suffering from agoraphobia and one for cancer patients, relatives and friends
1985: A self-help group was formed for shy people and one for diabetics
1988: A self-help group started for those who needed help coping with arthritis

1967-79: We worked from a one-room office, to be welcomed in 1980 to the Glenaladale House. In 1987 we moved to 750 Dawson Avenue in Dorval and shared the facilities with several other community groups. In 1999, a donation was received to develop additional services for seniors. The need to expand and provide further opportunities was a motivation for VWI to move to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in 2005.

Programs and services responsive to community needs were developed throughout our history, but more importantly, we are passionate about recruiting volunteers to help strengthen our neighborhoods and support others in achieving their mission.