VWI 50 Years

VWI 50 Years

VWI Celebrating 50 Years

VWI 50th LogoVolunteer West Island is turning 50 this year and we are on a mission to recognize and showcase all the amazing volunteers. Their dedication and endless work are inspirational, they help build a better community and improve the quality of life for all of us in the West Island. We hope their stories will encourage, motivate and educate you on the important impact they have on our community.
View and download pictures from VWI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Event

We want to say Thank you and celebrate our volunteers everyday.

Volunteer West Island Recognizes
50 Outstanding Faces of the West Island

50th Celebration

VWI 50th Celebration

A Community Celebration of National Volunteer Week
and VWI’s 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 years of service in the community, Volunteer West Island recognized 50 Outstanding Faces, among the many volunteers who make a difference in the community. With some 100 nominations from local community groups, non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools, healthcare facilities, associations and foundations, 50 exceptional candidates were selected to represent the landscape of volunteers across the West Island and Lachine. These 50 can be characterized as dedicated volunteers who have gone the extra mile. They are people of all ages and varying backgrounds, but with one common thread – their commitment and endless work help us build a better community and improve the quality of life in our community.

With more than 300 guests attending the festivities on April 24 at the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, VWI’s Anniversary Celebration kicked off with a clinking of glasses of bubbly and guest speakers including Mr. Fimba Tankoano, Fédération des centres d’action bénévole du Québec, Ms. Alison Stevens of Volunteer Canada, Mr. Martin Coiteux, MP for Nelligan and Mr. Frank Baylis, MP for Pierrefonds-Dollard who graciously presented a congratulatory letter on behalf of The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

“It’s a proud moment for us to celebrate our 50th anniversary with such distinguished guests, supporters, and our 50 Outstanding Volunteers representing the West Island community during National Volunteer Week, but I am equally honoured and grateful to receive kind and supportive words in a letter from the Prime Minister,” remarked Lynda Barrett, Executive Director, Volunteer West Island.

Ms. Barrett extended a “special thank-you to our event sponsors, including Andy Barbiero, Papeterie les entreprises; Tino Carrara, Discount Location d’autos et camions; and Westmount Florist.”

Volunteer West Island’s mission is to facilitate volunteerism by recruiting, training, and referring volunteers to non-profit community organizations in the West Island. VWI also helps seniors remain autonomous, breaking their isolation by developing and implementing social activities and services, including volunteer-driven programs such as Meals on Wheels and the Seniors’ Café.

As Ms Barrett stated, “The volunteers’ dedication and accomplishments are inspirational. They help build a better community and improve the quality of life for all of us in the West Island.”

VWI’s 50 Outstanding Volunteers

  Volunteer Organisation
1.   Ada Colomb Scouts de Baie d’Urfé
2.   Alan Greer CHSLD Bayview
3.   Alex Lem Maison Donalda-Boyer
4.   Amber Louie Beaconsfield High School
5.   Andrée Ricard Équip entreprise
6.   Ann McMenamon Centre de bien-être de l’Ouest-de-l’Île pour personnes atteintes de cancer (WICWC)
7.   Audrey Wilson Bibliothèque publique de Pointe-Claire
8.   Avtar Grewal Accompagnement bénévole de l’Ouest (ABO VAS)
9.   Barbara Paul Pattes humanitaires thérapeutiques
10.  Brenda Murphy Centre d’action bénévole de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (Popote roulante)
11.  Cindy Gilmore CHSLD Manoir Beaconsfield
12.  Darla Orchard Alphabétisation sans limites
13.  Diane Fry Centre d’action bénévole de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (Le club Jeunes de coeur, aînés de 55 ans et +)
14.  Eliane Zal Centre de ressources communautaires de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (CRC)
15.  Eric Baxendine NOVA l’Ouest de l’Île
16.  Faten Alhalabi École Dorval-Jean XXIII
17.  Francine Forget Centre d’action bénévole de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (Personne à tout faire)
18.  Frank Barth Grands Frères Grandes Sœurs de l’Ouest de l’Île
19.  Ghada Makhlouf Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île)
20.  Ike Partington Parrainage Civique de la Banlieue Ouest (WICA)
21.  Isabel & Jane Szollosy Sparkes of Hope
22.  Jacqueline Moorcroft Les Petits Frères de l’Ouest de l’Île 
23.  Jane Marcuse Centre culturel de Pointe-Claire, Stewart Hall
24.  Jane Parsons St. Mary’s Anglican Church
25.  Jane Toman Volunteer West Island (Income Tax Assistance Service)
26.  Jean Ouellette Club des petits déjeuner
27.  Jeannine Lemire Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de
 l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Secteur Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle
28.  Jessica Delaney Bibliothèque Kirkland
29.  Johanne Cousins Passeport pour ma réussite Lachine
30.  Leona Kemp Bibliothèque de Beaconsfield
31.  Marie Landry St. Edmund Elementary School
32.  Marlyn Brownrigg Centre des femmes West Island
33.  Martine Christ Refuge pour les femmes
34.  Maureen Anderson Apprentissage à la Vie Autonome (AVATIL)
35.  Maya Rajan Olympiques spéciaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île
36.  Michel Wilson Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-L’ile (AJOI) 
37.  Richard Yates Association d’entraide d’arthrite de l’Ouest de l’Ile (AWISH)
38.  Rosalie Ricard École secondaire Saint-Georges
39.  Shanel John Projet Communautaire de Pierrefonds
40.  Sheila Laursen Centre d’action bénévole de l’Ouest-de-l’Île (Repas surgelés et purées)
41.  Sukhy Basra Bureau du député Frank Baylis, Pierrefonds-Dollard
42.  Susan Boyarchuk Bureau du député Frank Baylis, Pierrefonds-Dollard
43.  Suzanne Ménard Le Relais Populaire
44.  Sybil Dahan Anorexie et boulimie Québec (ANEB)
45.  Terry Capener Musée de l’aviation de Montréal
46.  Thomas Gillett Service des bénévoles de l’Hôpital Ste-Anne
47.  Valerie Gafoor Association de la communauté noire de l’Ouest-de-l’Île
48.  Wendy Butchard Société canadienne du cancer
49.  Yoad Vered WIAIH Au service des personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle ou l’autisme
50.  Yolande Deslauriers Villa Beaurepaire