Whether in the field of health, social services or community services, the Montérégie West Community Network (MWCN) offers a wide range of activities for all ages from early childhood to seniors for the entire English-speaking community in the region, whether in Châteauguay for the Roussillon region or in the Châteauguay Valley for the Beauharnois-Salaberry, Haut-Saint-Laurent and Jardins-de-Napierville regions, as well as in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. Three satellite offices are located in Châteauguay, Huntingdon and Pincourt to better serve the community.
For 21 years now, Pauline Wiedow has been setting up this organization, first with a few friends in Châteauguay, then later in the Montérégie Ouest region and for the past two and a half years in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Pauline Wiedow’s vision, generosity and determination have never ceased to attract and mobilize friends, collaborators, volunteers and now a dozen employees who all work in unison to offer services to a population happy to meet and be together in English.
In fact, there are 88,000 English-speaking citizens in the Montérégie West, including 46,000 in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC alone, or nearly one citizen in three.
Numerous partnerships have been established with the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie Ouest (CISSSMO) and the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN), including McGill University, Heritage Canada, the Secrétariat aux relations avec les québécois d’expression anglaise, Éducaloi and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, to name but a few.
This summer four students are employed by the MWCN throughout the territory and every year scholarships from McGill University are sent through the MWCN. Let’s note the organization of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges YOUTH GALA that, in May 2019, brought together 430 people to celebrate 56 graduating elementary and secondary students from the territory’s schools. It is thanks to partnerships with Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the City of Île Perrot and the Lester B. Pearson School Board that this initiative has taken place and will return year after year.
Presence, dynamism, active listening, openness, everything is put in place by Pauline Wiedow and the many collaborators she inspires to enable the English-speaking community of Montérégie Ouest to flourish and blossom. Join us at MWCN, www.mwcn.ca