The Quebec government has money available to help alleviate problems of the elderly and/or poor. In order that funds may be distributed effectively, meetings are being held to determine the needs of each community.
On March 14, I attended a meeting at the Rupert Hall, which was organized by Catherine Kammer-Mayer, Agente de developpement social et d’economie sociale, CLD des Collines-de l’Outaouais, and Jacqueline Lambert-Madore, our Ward 5 councillor.
Representatives from local organizations, churches and residents brainstormed regarding the problems of the elderly and the poor in our area. The meeting was most productive, and the topics covered all age groups and many scenarios.
Next Friday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the Farm Point Community Centre, a summary of the interviews will be presented. The results will be forwarded to the provincial Government as part of the ‘action plan’ for this region.
I’d like to thank the organizers for their efforts. I really appreciate this proactive and “bottoms-up” management approach. With foresight and participation, perhaps the situations we identify and act on today will be less of a problem in the future. Together, we can work to ensure a good quality of life for ourselves and our neighbours!