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Janine Johnson, Le Nichoir Volunteer


“Volunteers are the heart of Le Nichoir,” states Susan Wylie, Director of Le Nichoir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre. “They are what allows Le Nichoir to pursue its mission of conserving wild birds for our natural heritage through providing professional care to injured and orphaned wild birds, as well as offering environmental education programs. In 2019, the staff cared for over 2,100 injured and orphaned wild birds. This would not have been possible without such a strong volunteer base”.

Janine Johnson is an extremely dedicated volunteer and a regular face at Le Nichoir.  

“I made a point to commit myself to volunteer on a regular basis. Organizations like Le Nichoir rely on volunteer help to care for their ‘patients’; to get the message out about conservation efforts; and to spread knowledge about the organization to those who have never heard of it.


The small part I play in the care for these animals to give them the chance to heal or grow and be released back into the wild, fills me with joy. I am proud to be part of this organization”.

Louis Thouin, Volunteer with ABOVAS and Golden Rescue Canada

ABOVAS is a non-profit West Island community organization providing free medical transportation and accompaniment, thanks to volunteer drivers. 

Louis Thouin is one such volunteer. “I love what I’m doing! Everyone is interesting – such great stories and experiences”.

What Louis wants people to know about ABOVAS: ABOVAS volunteers STAY with clients, as well as accompany them – the key is reassurance. More people need to know about ABOVAS, that help is available.

Newsletter #137



Issue #137

UPS CANADA Gives a Generous Donation to The Teapot 50+ Centre

“As always, UPS is committed to assist in our communities in many ways and we hope that this grant can be used to help with their great cause”, stated Rafik Morcos, UPS Customer Solutions Program Management Director, presenting a cheque for $1000 to The Teapot 50+Community Centre in Lachine. The Teapot, a popular, volunteer-driven community organization for seniors provides a variety of social, recreational and educational activities, special events, and support services in an environment where members can thrive, explore their own interests, and further develop their skills and abilities.   Mr. Morcos has spear-headed the UPS community involvement for many years, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer program. The Teapot has become a favourite with the UPS volunteer teams who are always warmly welcomed by Teapot Volunteer Support Coordinator Theresa Guihan and Teapot staff and members. Lolita Payawal of UPS Canada addressed The Teapot, saysing, “UPS supports charities dedicated to strengthening their communities and helping those in need.  We appreciate the opportunity to aid your organization and wish you all the best in the upcoming year”. Mr. Morcos, explained that Head office, UPS Canada, was positively impressed by the volunteer contributions of the Montreal UPS Customer Solutions team and their enthusiastic support to The Teapot, working in conjunction with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program and the articles written about the UPS volunteer initiatives by VWI Communications that he shares with the UPS head office on a regular basis.  “We look forward to our next volunteering event at The Teapot!”

With teamwork, everyone wins!


Seniors Café

Following are dates for the Seniors Café that is held monthly on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 2020 January 15 February 12 March 11 April 8 May 13 June 10 September 9 October 14 November 11 December 9  


1, rue de l’Église Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, H9X 1W4 Space is limited and reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis.

Please call 514-457-5445 Ext. 231

December 2019

Meals on wheels week in Quebec – March 15th to March 22nd 2020

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven program that provides hot nutritious meals to home-bound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy. The Meals on Wheels program in the West Island began in a church kitchen in Lachine in 1969. Now, more than 850 volunteer shoppers, cooks, and drivers work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens throughout the West Island. Volunteers come from all walks of life and include retired workers, business professionals, homemakers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and many others. Their combined efforts allow over 400 people, who have been referred through hospitals, CLSCs and rehabilitation centers, to receive hot lunches at minimal cost.

These fresh, home-cooked meals include a balanced main dish and a dessert prepared by volunteers, and delivered directly to the door by volunteers – 47,000 meals per annum!                                                                          


For more information please call (514) 457-5445.

The Marriott and Sheraton Hotels Generously Share the Holiday Spirit with Meals on Wheels Clients & Volunteers


Once again, exemplifying the sentiment of giving back to the community, the Sheraton Montreal Airport and the Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel joined forces with Volunteer 

West Island (VWI) staff and Meals on Wheels volunteers to make a difference over the holidays for MOW clients.  “This was an amazing event!” said Amélie Guilbault, VWI Food Services Coordinator.

Chef Louis Rodaros, Food & Beverage Supervisor Shannon McCarty, and General Manager Brenda Rodricks from the Marriott and the Sheraton’s Food & Beverage Director Matthew Insogna and their teams Made Christmas magic! They prepared over 450 home-cooked turkey dinners with all the trimmings, topped off with a delicious dessert, and assisted volunteers from the 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens to load their vehicles with for delivery to the MOW clients across the West Island. 

The West Island Meals on Wheels program, an entirely volunteer-driven service, was founded in 1969.  Today it comprises 13 MOW kitchen s across the West Island, thanks to the dedication of 850 MOW volunteers who serve 47,000 meals a year to seniors, and those suffering from loss of autonomy.

 “We are extremely happy to collaborate with Volunteer West Island and Meals on Wheels in this wonderful initiative,” said Ms Rodricks.