ARC Health and Social Services: A Year in Review 2016-2017

If you didn’t have the chance to stop by our AGM in June, take a look at some of the highlights from 2016-2017. Happy reading!

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The 2017-2018 Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursaries are now available through ARC.

Call for Applications: The 2017-2018 Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursaries are now available through ARC.

Are you  bilingual, studying full-time in the area of health and social services and want to stay in the Montérégie territory when you’re done school?

The bursary program, which addresses the need for bilingual health professionals, awards bursaries of up to $10,000 to students from selected regions, with English and French language skills, who are pursuing full-time studies in the area of health and social services. Application deadline is May 12, 2017.

Some restrictions apply, please visit our website and contact our Project Coordinator for full details: robyngraham@arc-hss.ca

http://arc-hss.ca/health-promotion-activities/mcgill/

ARC is looking for volunteer to lead English-language conversation group at CLSC du Richelieu

The CISSS Montérégie Centre, in collaboration with ARC, will be implementing a six-week lunch hour conversation group at the CLSC du Richelieu. French-speaking health professionals get together informally during the lunch hour once a week in the goal of practicing their English skills in small groups. We are seeking a volunteer to pilot this activity in this location. If you are interested in volunteering your time one lunch hour per week for six consecutive weeks to lead this conversation group, please contact Robyn Graham by email at robyngraham@arc-hss.ca or by phone 514-234-9370. The start date is negotiable.

 

ARC is looking for volunteers to lead English-language conversation groups at Charles LeMoyne Hospital

The CISSS Montérégie Centre, in collaboration with ARC, are currently piloting a six-week lunch hour conversation group at the Charles LeMoyne Hospital. French-speaking health professionals get together informally during the lunch hour once a week in the goal of practicing their English skills in small groups. We would like to continue this successful pilot project and are seeking volunteers for our next sessions in April. If you are interested in volunteering your time one lunch hour per week for six consecutive weeks to lead these conversation groups, please contact Robyn Graham by email at robyngraham@arc-hss.ca or by phone 514-234-9370.

Please click here to view the Volunteer Job Description

Support group for women: Rebuilding your self-esteem

6 sessions for women who are victims of domestic violence, or for any women facing life challenges or difficulties within their relationships. Sessions will run on a weekly basis for 2 hours.

Next group will be offered, starting: Thursday March 9th, 2017.

For more information or to register, contact: Catherine at 450-656-1946

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Launch of ReCharge Program for Caregivers

ARC is happy to announce the launch of it’s new ReCharge series, a 6-week program offering technical tips for caregivers. Qualified professional and community experts will teach hands on techniques to help individuals care for a loved one. ReCharge is made possible through the financial support of ROMAN/APPUI. This is the first of many courses that will be offered in the coming year in the Montérégie region. Registration is now open! Please contact Loralie to register or for more information at 450-812-0981 or loraliebromby@arc-hss.ca. The next session begins February 20th in St-Lambert, help us spread the word, details below.

Two New Players

The Assistance and Referral Centre for Health and Social Services (ARC) is pleased to announce that two new team players have joined the team.

Loralie Bromby joins the ARC team as a Project Coordinator. She has been working in the community sector for over ten years with a focus on youth work, fund development, community organizing and communications.  Loralie will be coordinating the Natural Caregivers Project -a 6-week course given across the Montérégie South Shore region by qualified professionals and community experts with hands on techniques and local resources to help caregivers care for loved ones.

Robyn Graham, brings 5 + years’ experience working with English-speaking minority communities across the province of Quebec and is the Project Coordinator for the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project which brings training and retention initiatives to health and social services professionals that assist their abilities to provide services for the English-speaking population.

Loralie and Robyn bring a vast array of skills, qualities, and experience to our Montérégie South Shore communities. Welcome aboard!

Networking, connecting and getting healthy on the South Shore!

Laughter is the Food of Life, the 3rd annual Health Promotion Fair took place on October 29th in Brossard with 45 kiosks featuring interactivebest5 workshops, exhibits, and health related demonstrations. The diversity of kiosks is part of what makes this event so special where there is something for families, children, youth, seniors and the community at large. The main goal of this event was to promote health and nutrition while connecting the Montérégie English-speaking communities to the bilingual health services they are looking for, along with health tips and tools, crucial to a healthy lifestyle. This year’s guest speaker was Albert Nerenberg, an award-winning film director, journalist, entertaining speaker and one of the world’s top experts on laughter.  He teaches new laughter techniques to groups all over the world. He says, “If you are what you eat, maybe you are what you act!”

This annual event is one of the ways in which the Assistance and Referral best1Centre for Health and Social Services (ARC) works towards its main objectives to contribute, connect, and share resources and information that supports community engagement and promotes community vitality in a meaningful and timely way. The success of this event is not only by connecting the community to the services but also by connecting the health and social service providers and community organizations to each other, making the fair an engaging networking opportunity that simply brings everybody together. Although this event highlights the vast array of services available it also still shows that there is still much work to do around access to bilingual services.

bestARC would like to thank the planning committee, guest speakers, exhibitors, and guests, along with a special thank you to volunteers from Our Harbour for preparing the nutritious lunches. The success of the event came from collaboration with our partners and our community.

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The event was organized by ARC in collaboration with the Montérégie English-speaking Regional Health and Social Services Partnerships Table and is made possible with Health Canada funding through the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN).

ARC Announces Leadership Change

Colin J. Coole

Colin J. Coole

The Assistance and Referral Centre for Health and Social Services (ARC) is a resourceful and resilient non-profit community organization with strong positive impact that is undergoing a transition right now as Colin J. Coole, ARC’s Founder and Executive Director, retired November 1st.

ARC is a Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI) managed by the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) and funded by Health Canada. ARC’s mandate is to support Quebec’s minority English-speaking communities in the Montérégie South Shore region by maintaining and improving their access to a full range of health and social services available. Of the 160,000 English speakers living in all of Montérégie, 85,000 (53%) live in the communities that ARC supports. Read more

Laughter is the Food of Life

3rd Annual Health Promotion Fair!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Centre socioculturel de Brossard 7905 avenue San-Francisco Brossard

(right next to the Brossard City Hall and Bibliothèque de Brossard Georgette-Lepage)


You are not going to want to miss this one! This year’s keynote speaker Albert Nerenberg says that “If you are what you eat, maybe you are what you act!” Nerenberg is an award-winning film director, journalist, entertaining speaker and one of the world’s top experts on laughter.  He directed the acclaimed feature documentary Laughology, is a founder of the American Laughing Championships and works as a Laughologist teaching new laughter techniques to groups all over the world. 

This annual health promotion event has proven to be an important one for our English-speaking communities across the Monteregie South-Shore territory because it brings together more than 40 community and public health network partners who showcase services that are available to English-speakers in throughout our communities.

There will be a workshop on healthy eating with a focus on tips for plant-based meal planing and preparation as well as a workshop on celiac disease which affects approximately 1 in every 133 Canadians. 

This event is sponsored by the Assistance and Referral Center for Health and Social Servies (ARC), a non-profit community organization that supports and promotes the continued access to health and social services available in English as well working toward having an increase in the range of services available in Montreal’s South Shore communities.

Each year, the annual Health Promotion Fair is chalk full of information, tips, tools, and health and social services resources for all ages.  It is also a rich networking opportunity that is much appreciated by our community organizations and public health network partners alike because this is the one time when everyone is in the place at the same time.

Admission and parking are free.

If you are interested in helping out at the event, extra hands are always welcome to help set up, clean up, and greet and direct visitors.

The 3rd Annual Health Promotion Fair is organized by ARC in collaboration with the Montérégie English-speaking Regional Health and Social Services Partnerships Table and is made possible with Health Canada  funding through the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN).

See you there!


Check out this video featuring our community and health network partners from last year’s event Community Video