Healthy Communities Contribute to Community Capital
More than 250 visitors were welcomed to Mohawk territory by keynote speaker Suzy Goodleaf, a Mohawk psychologist from Kahnawake, who shared her experience being part of a team of clinical advisors to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the 2nd Annual Health Promotion Fair held at Ile St-Bernard in Châteauguay in November 2015.
Nothing seemed more moving, more powerful, or truer than in Suzy Goodleaf’s words as she deftly and compassionately recounted a tragic history of a people, of individual stories, and the collective impact on a community’s capital.
Hosted by the Assistance & Referral Centre (ARC) and partners from the Montérégie English-speaking Health & Social Services Regional Partnership Table, the 2nd Annual Health Promotion Fair brought together 40 exhibitors, and showcased 6 workshops all highlighting information and services available to English-speakers in the Montérégie South-Shore territory, one of the most populated regions in the province of Quebec after Montreal.
During his visit, Quebec Health Minister Dr. Gaétan Barrette stressed the importance of accessibility to services for English-speakers as well as that of breaking the silos through the development of inter-sectoral partnerships. Later in the day, Brenda Shanahan MP Châteauguay—Lacolle addressed the need to make it easier for people to access the tax system and various tax credits.
To continually improve the quality of life in our communities — making spaces and places where people are healthy, safe, and cared for — takes a lot of work and partnering effectively with other individuals and organizations — both inside and outside the community — is absolutely essential. The natural heritage venue at Pavillon l’île Saint-Bernard provided a warm environment –one that contributed to an exceptional networking event between community members, organizations and partners.
A huge congratulations goes out to the Health Fair 2015 organizing committee: Chuck Halliday (NFSB), Pierre Gloutnay (NFSB), Pauline Wiedow (CECN), Diana Low (Brossard Chinese School), Kevin Erskine-Henry (SSCPN), Geneviève Leduc (REE), Susan Gardner (Ecumenical Council), Colin Coole (ARC) , Sandra Power (ARC), and Katherine Quast (ARC); and many thanks to volunteer supervisors Gayle Holdaway and Lorraine Fitzgerald and the group of volunteers and as special mention to the team at Pavillon l’île Saint-Bernard -Patrice, Sylvain, and Mario- all who helped make the day absolutely unforgettable.
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