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Common actions, especially during a pandemic, help to break the isolation. The Comité de concertation des aînés du Haut-Saint-Laurent, in partnership with the Générations engagées project and the age-friendly municipalities, is launching the 5th  edition of the Let’s Visit our Seniors of Haut St-Laurent Challenge, which will be held from June 1st  to 30th .

As part of the En Bonne Compagnie dans le Haut-Saint-Laurent project, all sectors of the community, whether municipal, institutional, private, educational and para-municipal, as well as families and the population, are invited to increase the number of visits to the elderly. Considering the exceptional situation we are living in, these visits will be virtual, in writing (postcards, cards, Father’s Day cards, letters, emails), by telephone (reassuring, friendly and vigilant calls) or by assistance (grocery deliveries , medicines, flowers).

Thus, visitors will be invited to register their individual or group virtual visits at www.enbonnecompagnie.org, on a Facebook page or by phone at ADDS (450 802-9301), with Donna Cormier of the Centre communautaire multiservices Un Coin chez nous (450 826-4425 or 514 237-6118). Participants in the Challenge will have the chance to win plants and a basket from the Comité de concertation des aînés du Haut-Saint-Laurent.

Among the original activity program for this 5th edition, for which you will find details at En Bonne compagnie.org website, we would like to highlight:

  • The commemoration of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th  with the presence of the Let’s Visit our Seniors of Haut-St-Laurent Challenge team at the Farmer’s Market on June 9th  and 16th  in order to remember the event and to distribute purple ribbons as a sign of our individual and collective desire to treat our elders with respect.
  • In June and July, musical performances will take place on the grounds of accommodation centers, low-rental housing for seniors and private residences in the territory. Everything will be done in accordance with health regulations. You will also be able to see on the sites the kind messages signs installed on the grounds of the two accommodation centers and private residences.

All this concerted mobilization of the Haut-Saint-Laurent community intends to support seniors in order to break the isolation for seniors aged 50 and over, to comfort and watch over them, through active partnerships. The Comité de concertation des aînés du Haut-Saint-Laurent (CCAHSL) is the initiator of the challenge, and its implementation was funded by Québec Amis des Aînés (QADA) – as part of projects aimed at improving living conditions for seniors. The Federal Member of Parliament for Salaberry-Suroît, Mrs. Claude DeBellefeuille and the Member for the riding of Huntingdon, Mrs. Claire IsaBelle are contributing to the financing of this 5th  edition.

Mélanie Calvé


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