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.
Growing volunteerism in our community.
Phone: (514) 457-5445, Extension 222
President: Victoria Jonas
Vice-President: Nancy Christiansen
Secretary: Erica Seabrook
Treasurer: Lorraine Balleine
Member: Carmela Carrara
Member: Diane Fry
Member: Rod Jamgotchian
Executive Director: Lynda Barrett
By invitation only from the Board of Directors
Ambassador: Patricia Empsall
We support the following municipalities and boroughs:
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.