December 2013/January 2014



December 2013/January 2014
Volume 14 Issue 6
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Deux-Montagnes Autrement Team Denis Martin elected by a
majority, p. 3.
December/January 2014
Team Madeleine Leduc Elected in
Rosemere, p. 24.
Lions Book Fair a Giant Success,
p. 16
Rosemere Teacher wins
Moonbeam Award for children's
literature, p. 12
New councillors Micheline Groulx Stabile - Michel Mendes - Katine
Gauthier with Mayor Denis Martin, absent Robert Montplaisir
Photo by Paul Goyetche
16th edition D.M. Relax
Pee Wee Tournament,
Dec 14 to 22, p. 27
15th Annual D.M.
Ringuette Tournament,
Jan. 5 to 12, 2014, p. 25
Deux-Montagnes Santa Claus
Parade, Dec. 1 at 1:00 p.m., p. 3.
Community Connections
Dog Park Named for Animal
The Deux-Montagnes Municipal
Council on September 12 adopted a
resolution to name the municipal
dog park after the late Hervé
While Mr. Doucet, a resident of
Deux-Montagnes and a popular
artistic figure from the fantastic duo
Charlotte and Hervé, was wellknown as a multi-disciplinary artist
in comedy, singing, visual arts and
theatre, he was equally notable as a
protector of abandoned animals.
This naming underlines Mr.
Doucet’s accomplishments
involving abandoned animals,
sheltering them and rescuing them
from certain death. It permits the
council also to recognize his
generosity and kindness toward
these animals, which are cherished
and appreciated companions for
thousands of people.
It is estimated that in the course
of his life, Mr. Doucet sheltered and
helped to have adopted nearly
35,000 cats and dogs. For all these
rescued animals, particularly the
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cats, the Municipal Council is happy
to honour his work with the naming
of the dog park after Hervé Doucet.
In Mr. Doucet’s own words about
the cause that he defended: “It is not
the abandoned animals that I love; it
is the misery that I detest.”
your presence in our city, both as
volunteers and as citizens. Your
involvement has led to excellent
community relations and
achievements, which are
successfully maintained in mutual
partnership with the City. Your
loyalty and dedication are entirely
to your credit.
The City of Deux-Montagnes,
along with its associations and
organizations, will always hold a
special place in my heart.
Office of the Mayor
October 29, 2013
Dear volunteers,
To mark the end of my term as
Mayor, I would like to personally
offer you my most sincere thanks.
Through my work with the City of Marc Lauzon
Deux-Montagnes, I have had the FC
opportunity to work alongside
people such as yourselves generous, The Salon des Métiers d'Art De
dedicated people with genuine St Eustache.
human values. You have, through
The 12th edition of the Salon des
your dedication to the mission of
Métiers d'Art, runs from Friday
your organizations, shown
December 13, through Sunday,
involvement and commitment of
Dec.14 at the Knights of Columbus
the highest caliber, and this, I
Hall, 109 rue St-Nicholas Saintbelieve, is what gives the DeuxEustache. With the theme, "I shop in
Montagnes volunteer community its
my living room," it opens from
unwavering strength.
1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, and
I have truly enjoyed my work
then from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
here and I feel privileged to have
Saturday and Sunday.
served all these years at the heart of
our great community of which
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you are the social pillars.
I am extremely grateful for
Message from the former Mayor
all that you do so generously,
McCaig School Citizenship Ceremony
for our citizens, and I thank you
School Matters
for having invited me to a
number of your activities that Church Mouse
served to bring people together. Sue Chef
I will cherish my memories of Local Entrepreneur
these rewarding events and I Ron’s Corner
hope that my Council and I PANDA
have contributed to your 4Korners
Sports Rap
Finally, I would like to A Look at Rosemère
express my sincere gratitude for Birthdays, etc.
Community Connections
By Heather M. Brown
On November 3, a new phase of our
political existence started in DeuxMontagnes with the election of a new
team headed by Denis Martin. They
worked hard over the period of the
campaign, putting up signs together
and going door-to-door to visit the
people of the city. They want to listen
to the needs of the citizens and to try to
bring a greater fiscal responsibility from
the council for the citizens.
The 44th Annual Santa Claus
By Denis Naud
Do you know the secret of Santa’s
longevity? Surely, it is sports and
exercise all year? Skiing, skating and
golf in the summer permits him to keep
his figure by moving vigorously. He
has made a resolution to do a bit more
during the coming year, since according
to him his gourmet cooking has the
tendency to ruin it. Frankly, Santa is a
bit overweight.
Sonia Senecal of IGA Senecal et Filles, Mayor
elect Denis Martin and Yves Lasalle 0f
Nettoyers Daoust et Forget.
Santa has decreed that 2014 will be the
international year of fitness. He hopes
that the December 1 parade in DeuxMontagnes will serve as an example
and inspiration to the City of Sochi in
Russia, where according him, an event
nearly as important as the parade is
being prepared for February, it is the
2014 Winter Olympics.
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As the election results came in they
were placed on a screen at city hall.
They came slowly at first and it was
very quiet, with members of Eddy
Johnson’s family, Denis Joannette’s son
Denis, and a representative for Denis
Martin calling back the results to their
respective candidates. Paul Goyetche
put the results on to his site so that
members of the community could see
the results from their homes. You can
see them there at
In the end there were four councillors
elected for the Martin team, and two
members from Team Joannette. Elected
were: (1)
District Grand-Moulin –
Manon Robitaille, (2) District du Lac
Karine Gauthier, (3) District de
l’Olympia – Micheline Groulx-Stabile,
(4) District de la Gare-Frederic
Berthiaume, (5) District du Coteau Michel Mendes and (6) District du Golf
- Robert Montplaisir.
Mayor - elect Denis Martin and most of
his team arrived about 11:00 p.m. He
then made a short speech and the team
headed over to the Legion to celebrate
their victory.
In speaking with him by telephone
today, Santa confided to me that he
counts on the support of the
community to give back to the entire
world the idea of joining in winter
sports. “I always wait impatiently for
the call to meet with the children of
Deux-Montagnes,” he confided. “I get
my red suit cleaned at the Nettoyers
Daoust et Forget who know how to take
care of it. And yet, I never
miss buying carrots for my
reindeer for after the parade
at IGA Senecal et filles. They
are really the best!
"I would like it if your
parade will send the world
off on a year of sports. As
your parade brings out
thousands of people, I am
certain that the whole world
will take this step on snowshoe paths and down-hill ski slopes. I
will have prizes for the best groups of
marchers, to the best float and to the
best animation in the parade. I hope to
see you in great numbers the first of
December, and will be active from here
to there.”
The parade will start at 1:00 pm at the
corner of 20th Avenue and Oka Road
and will follow the usual route to city
hall. Nearly 800 participants will take
part as well as a record number of
spectators. People are advised to dress
The collection of toys will take place at
the beginning of the parade. People are
invited to bring new and used toys.
The Optimist Club will work on the
collection of toys for the Christmas
baskets at A gape o r to help
intellectually deficient young people at
Jeu-Jeu Recup’r.
The 2013 S anta Claus Parade
Committee includes: President John
Alexander Green, Vice President Denis
Naud, Vice President Martin Hensen,
Treasurer Dave Byers, Secretary Diane
Fortier, and Directors Michel Barbusci,
Arthur Glover, Victor Henri, Diane
Malouin and Michel Rochon.
To see photos go to:
or for information please contact Denis
Naud at 450-472-7066.
Community Connections
Social Solidarity
This autumn I had the pleasure, in the name
of the Quebec Government, to financially
help many of Deux-Montagnes’ community
organizations. Their collective work is
important and merits being supported in a
concrete way.
Therefore, these subsidies have been given
to the Deux-Montagnes Cultural
Association, the 4 Korners Family Resource
Center, the Deux-Montagnes Lions’ Club,
the Santa Claus Parade Committee,
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Depannage Saint Agapit and the DeuxMontagnes Maison de Jeunes. (Lions’ Club
missing from the photo).
Seasons Greetings
In this holiday period, I invite you to
encourage your local merchants.
economic health of the city depends on your
support of local business people, merchants
and professionals who in their turn
contribute to the economic dynamism of the
city through the taxes they pay. Local
shopping is vital to Deux-Montagnes.
I wish you love, joy and peace in the
sharing of all that Christmas brings. And
that the year 2014 brings you and your
loved ones the realization of your dearest
Your deputy
Daniel Goyer
Already a little more than a year with you.
Since September 2012, I have had the
privilege to represent you in the National
We have a responsible
go ver nment, with fo r examp le,
improvements in health care for seniors, a
greater accessibility to daycare facilities for
families in need and a real control of road
costs, etc. I remind you that my staff and I
are there for you at 15 Grand Cote, Office
105 Saint-Eustache, 450-623-4963 or Fax
Christmas Collection
From year to year, the
needs increase and the
pressure is always great
on numerous families.
Be generous at the
collection of nonperishable goods and
cash. This is a social
mission that concerns us
Give from your
Community Connections
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Busy Time for Unique Quilt
She said that a quilt may be appraised for
 insurance purposes in case of
damage by fire or water,
 donation (a receipt for income tax)
 market value : for when you want
to know the amount to charge for a
“A quilt is part of our heritage and needs to
be taken care of.”
On October 11, a group of 24 quilters
from Great Britain concluded their visit to
Québec in Deux-Montagnes. Courtepointe
Québec Quilt arranged a workshop and a
luncheon for them at la Petite École Jaune
on their last day. Ms. Ménard coordinated
the event for the CQQ. She also gave a
lecture on “What Gives Value to a Quilt”
for quilters at the Heritage Club this
Suffolk and author of nine books on
quilting. She said a few of the 24 knew
each other before but “most of us just met at
Heathrow airport” and quickly bonded.
Most were from England but Northern
Ireland was represented, and there was even
a quilter from Malaysia.
They had been hosted by quilting
organizations in Hudson and Lennoxville,
spent some time sightseeing around Quebec
City, and would end with a visit with the
Montreal Modern Quilt Guild in Fabreville,
Courtepointe Quebec Quilt sponsored
the luncheon and workshop, hosted and
organized by Nicole Menard, one of only
three quilt appraisers in Canada and a
member of the Association Culturelle de
Deux-Montagnes. A lecture and workshop
was given by Pierra Vernex, who also
displayed her Sacred Threads quilt, a prize
winner at the prestigious International Quilt
Festival in Houston. The lunch came from
Pasta Deliziosa of St-Eustache.
Calling all kids – If you want to make
some of those special,
hand-made Christmas
decorations, sign up
embroidery activity
with Ms. Nicole
Menard at the Little
Yellow School House this December.
You can join by calling the Association
Culturelle de Deux-Montagnes at 450-491
-6735 or Ms. Menard at 450-473-2585.
By Gordon Wetmore
Photographs by Nicole Menard
Nicole Ménard of Deux-Montagnes is
North America’s only French language
certified quilt appraiser, and she has had a
busy autumn.
On September 7 she gave a lecture about
Quebec's quilting history at La Pulperie in
Chicoutimi as part of the 175th Anniversary
of Saguenay – Lac Saint-Jean. About 70
people attended the two-hour lecture.
The story of quilting in Quebec, she
summar ized for the Community
Connections, began with the French coming
to Quebec in the 1600s, continued after the
conquest by Great Britain, the creation of
Upper and Lower Canada, and the
establishment of the British Empire
Loyalists in the Eastern Townships by the
governor general of the time. It carried on
throughout the 1900s with les Fermières
and others who created history. A dozen
antique quilts were displayed, and about 80
slides and papers and magazines from the
20th Century illustrated the lecture.
Ms. Ménard said that she learned to quilt
when she was 11 years old. Her
grandmother was a good quilter and sold
some of her creations. In 2004, Ms. Menard
with 10 other quilters founded the DeuxMontagnes Quilt Guild and served as its
president from 2004 – 2010. She is also a
member of the Cultural Association of
Deux-Montagnes and was its vice-president
from 2011-2013. She is member of the
Canadian Quilters Association (CQA) and
Courtepointe Quebec Quilt (CQQ).
Both new and antique quilts can be quite
valuable, she said. To become certified as
an appraiser by the American Quilters
Society, she studied for five years in the
United States, mainly in Vermont,
Kentucky, and New Hampshire. She had to
pass verbal and written exams to be
certified and has to recertify every three
There are only three certified
appraisers in Canada, she said, and she is
the only French-speaking certifier in all of
North America.
UK Quilters Love Quebec
By Gordon Wetmore
They came from across the Atlantic
Ocean in October to learn about quilting in
Nicole Menard, quilt appraiser. Fellow
appraiser Diane M. Shink of Montreal.
They are two of the three
appraisers in all of Canada.
Quebec, and fell in love with the autumn
colours, the crisp, clear air, and the warm
“Absolutely mind blowing!” said Janet
Mansfield of Leicester, England, of the
multihued scenery. Her friends and lunch
mates Pam Holmes from Norfolk, and
Renata Romer from Bushey (by way of
Dusseldorf, Germany), said that they would
be buying material to create quilts that
would reflect the colours of Quebec in
The occasion was a luncheon and
workshop October 11 at the Little Yellow
School House in Deux-Montagnes for the
two dozen quilters from the United
The organizer of the themed tour by
Arena Travel was Karin Hellaby, herself a
quilter, owner of the Quilters Haven store in
Community Connections
By Gordon Wetmore
[email protected]
The Parti Quebecois government’s
proposed Charter of Values is a bad
idea generally and, if adopted into law,
will hurt education at all levels.
Since 1997, the year school boards
ceased being denominational and
became language based, our public
schools have been secular schools. In
secular schools, people of all religious
faiths, of no faith, and unsure whether
to have a faith are mixed together. That
includes both staff and students.
Having taught under both systems, I
believe that secularism is better – but
not the way the proposed charter
would enforce it.
Half a year ago, I learned about a
time when secularism showed its value.
My enlightenment occurred at Lake of
Two Mountains High in DeuxMontagnes during a multicultural day.
One guest speaker was a white-haired,
bearded man in a turban, Manjit Singh.
A Sikh, Mr. Singh’s religion forbade
him to shave or cut his hair. He
recounted for the students how, in the
early 1960s and in Canada from India
on a student visa, he applied for
temporary work with the Gillette razor
company. He was turned down with a
laugh because Gillette, he was told, was
in the business of selling shavers.
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Nevertheless, sometime later the
company did hire him for an office job.
After a few months, he had to quit
because of visa restrictions, but the
company was so impressed with his
work they assisted him in obtaining
Canadian citizenship and took him on
permanently. The lesson, he told the
students, was that it was how you
performed, not how you looked, that
mattered. That was secularism working
as it should.
Sadly, that is exactly the kind of
success that the Parti Quebecois’
proposed charter would stifle.
daycares, schools, CEGEPs, hospitals
and the civil service, the wearing of
turbans and other religious head
coverings as well as Stars of David,
crucifixes and other religious symbols
large enough to be noticeable would be
According to the Oxford Concise
Dictionary, secularism means being
“concerned with the affairs of the
world, not sacred or monastic or
ecclesiastical.” However, if passed this
charter would force all government
workers to appear as if they did not
belong to any faith. It shows that the
PQ is very, very concerned with
religion, the opposite of secularism
The cost to all society here will be an
exodus of doctors, nurses, educators
and skilled workers, and already
happening harassment of those who
display religious affiliation. The charter
will favour only radical secularists,
those afraid of diversity in our culture,
at the expense of freedom of expression
and religion. It comes disguised as a
means of ensuring
instance protecting
wearing of hijabs
daycare teachers. How valued they
must feel!
I have taught many Muslim girls,
some of whom wore hijabs. I did not
notice that any were particularly
subservient. I got to know one girl’s
family fairly well. This girl did not
wear a hijab, nor did her mother, but
her older sister, a brain surgeon, did.
Somehow the hijab did not inhibit this
doctor’s learning, her skill, or her
independence of character.
The proposal aims to freeze our
social order and the values that guide it,
but change cannot be stopped nor
slowed down significantly.
education has to do is prepare its
learners to cope with a rapidly evolving
world that includes cultural diversity.
If this ill-conceived charter becomes
law, that preparation will be more
difficult to achieve than it already is.
Frankly, I cannot see any charter of
common values adding anything
positive to our democracy. Canada and
Quebec already have bills and charters
that codify our human and political
rights. Within our rights to freedom of
expression, assembly and religion
comes the right to choose how we
exercise those rights responsibly, and
we will do so based on our own sets of
values. Values change, rights do not.
Codifying values that limit the right to
appear native, Jewish, Sikh, Catholic or
secular while working for the public is
just plain undemocratic.
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Community Connections
What a
shaken by the Senate expense scandal
and the revelation that the Prime
Minister’s office may have tried to
organize a massive cover-up. The
Official Opposition, and its leader
Thomas Mulcair, has denounced these
abuses of power on a daily basis in the
House of Commons.
But besides holding Stephen Harper to
account on his role in the Wright-Duffy
affair, my NDP colleagues and I will be
focusing on how the Conservatives’
cuts to services are hurting our most
disadvantaged citizens.
Disability Tax Credit
In mid-October, I organized an
information session in Two Mountains
on the Disability Tax Credit. The
Disability Tax Credit is a non-refundable
tax credit that helps to offset the
additional expenses associated with
having a severe and prolonged
impairment in physical or mental
functions, which markedly restrict a
person’s ability to perform at least one
basic activity of daily living. However,
many individuals who are entitled to this
tax credit—which can add up to $1,380
a year—are not claiming it.
Unfortunately, the Conservative
government has eliminated a number of
government positions responsible for
disseminating information on
government services. As a result, I have
redoubled my efforts to reach people
who may be eligible. If you know of
anybody who might be eligible for this
tax credit, please tell him or her to
contact my office.
Earlier this year, we learnt of the
closure of nine regional Veterans Affairs
Canada offices. This is evidence that
the federal government is shirking its
responsibilities to our veterans. For
now, none of the regional offices in
Quebec have been affected, but I will
continue to follow the issue closely.
December/January 2014
NDP leader Tom Mulcair has been
working hard with New Democrat MPs
to make life more affordable—by
exposing and ending consumer rip-offs.
We’ll start by banning “pay-to-pay” fees
that punish people who simply want to
see a printed copy of their bill.
Other consumer protection measures
that I’ll be fighting for include:
I am ashamed at the fact that the
Conservative government no longer
acknowledges that it has a "sacred
duty" to veterans since the adoption of
the new Veterans’ Charter. Those who
have been following the issue of the
transfer of Sainte Anne’s Hospital from
the federal to the provincial government
have seen firsthand that the
Conservative government is shirking its
responsibilities. For months, the NDP
spoke out against the change in
vocation of this unique facility offering
care and services to veterans. The men
and women who serve our country
should be given the care and services
that they need for the rest of their lives.
Any decrease in services to veterans is
unacceptable, and I will continue to fight
so that veterans at Saint Anne’s
continue to receive the same care that
they have had in the past.
Pay to Pay
I’ve been hearing from families who
have noticed another extra charge on
their utility bills: over the last couple of
years, many companies started
charging Canadians up to $2 each
month to keep receiving their own bills
by mail. And those fees add up fast.
Phone, cable, utilities, banks—
they’re all doing it now, even to those
who have been loyal customers for
years. Essentially, they’re making
customers pay to pay their bill. This is a
multi-million-dollar rip-off. Yet Stephen
Harper refuses to stand up for
vulnerable seniors and anyone else
who chooses not to bank online.
banning extra fees that push
effective lending rates beyond
the 60 percent that qualifies as
the crime of “usury” in this
capping ATM fees so they’re
never more than 50 cents per
withdrawal (still nearly double
the banks’ costs per
and giving Canadians
reasonable access to a no-frills
credit card with a fair interest
rate—no more than 5 percent
over the prime rate.
Year of the Korean War Veteran
Finally, to mark 2013 as the Year of
the Korean War Veteran, I would like to
recognize the service of three veterans
from our riding: R.N.G. (Gerry)
Boudreau, Calvin Atkin, and Neil
MacDonald. Let’s be grateful for the
sacrifices of our men and women in
uniform, not only on Remembrance
Day, but on every day of the year.
I would love to hear from you.
Please contact me at:
Ottawa: Rm 784, Confederation
Building, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A
Tel.: 613-992-7330
Constituency: 172 St. Louis Street,
St. Eustache, Quebec J7R 1Y7
Tel.: 450-473-4864 Fax: 450-4739043 Email: [email protected]
The opinions expressed by Ms. Liu, Member of Parliament for Riviere-des-Mille-Iles, do not necessarily reflect those of the Community Connections
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Citizenship Ceremony at
McCaig: Emotional, Inspiring
members Adela Pirillo and Samuel
Pickford presented flowers to the new
Court officials were led onto the
Brissette and Naty Dacosta.
Dacosta and Laurie Cruise guided the
By Gordon Wetmore
Witnessed by nearly 300 elementary
students, thirty-five people from 25
countries became Canadian citizens in
an emotional, inspiring ceremony at
McCaig Elementary school in Rosemere
October 24.
Single adults, couples and entire
families, including babes in arms, swore
allegiance to Canada and then proudly,
some tearfully, came onto the stage to
receive their citizenship papers.
Citizenship Judge Andrea Paine
conducted the ceremony with warmth
and dignity. She was accompanied by
Neeta Bucktowsin, Clerk of the Court,
and RCMP Constable Martina Pillarova.
Ms. Bucktowsin’s country of origin is
Mauritius and Constable Pillarova’s is
Principal Serge-Edouard Jeanniton
and former Vice Principal Sonia
Busnardo were the masters of
ceremony, and McCaig student council
stage by piper Matthew Corriale, who
also conducted them from the stage.
Special guests included Rosemere
M ayo r M adel ei ne Leduc, who
welcomed the new Canadians in a brief
speech, and representatives from the Sir
Wilfrid Laurier School Board and the
Community Connections.
The regional manager for
Citizenship and Immigration, Carole
Jacques, added that this was National
Citizenship Week and ceremonies such
as this were taking place across the
At the conclusion of the ceremony,
the court officials joined the guests,
witnesses and students in the audience
as a large chorus of McCaig students
beautifully performed a song, poem
and power point presentation especially
created for the ceremony.
Afterwards, the new Canadians,
guests, the McCaig student council and
some staff enjoyed a special lunch
together in the school’s cafeteria. There,
in a conversation, a couple from Syria
expressed their joy and relief in joining
the citizenry of Canada, “a safe
The extent to which the ceremony
was an entire school commitment was
made clear by staff member Joanne
Donato-Thomas in an email to the
Community Connections:
“The committee to organize the day
consisted of Sonia Busnardo, Joanne
Donato-Thomas, Barbara Cohen, Kelly
student council. Joanne Donato taught
the music classes the song ‘What Makes
You Special, Canadian Child’ and took
students from each class to present the
poem ‘A Canada That’s Home for You
and Me.’ The power point presentation
that went along with the poem was
done by students under the direction of
Kelly Brissette. All teachers talked with
their classes about a citizenship
ceremony and (the students) made the
flags and posters displayed around the
school and the display in the front
Ms. Bernardo had just been
appointed as principal of Franklin
Elementary in Repentigny but returned
for the ceremony that she described as
“very emotional, such a joyous
McCaig Elementary’s principal SergeEdouard Jeanniton is flanked by the
Rosemere school’s outgoing vice principal,
Sonia Busnardo, and the incoming one, Ian
Cavanaugh. Mr. Cavanaugh is an
experienced vice principal at the secondary
Community Connections
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McCaig Students Proud and
ceremony. The Student Council
members were also ushers and great
The new citizens were really excited.
Everyone was dressed nicely and it was
nice to see some of the people become
new citizens together as a family.
When we spoke to Judge Paine after the
ceremony, she mentioned that this was
the first time that she participated in a
ceremony like this at an elementary
school. She thought it was a great idea
to have us learn about the ceremony by
attending it in person. She was
particularly moved by our singing and
the poem we performed.
Following the ceremony, Student
Council members escorted the new
Canadian citizens downstairs to our
cafeteria for a special buffet lunch.
Judge Paine really liked Julia
Scuccimarri’s mom’s homemade apple
cake! It seemed as though everyone
really enjoyed their lunch and the
opportunity to celebrate. Some were
just happy to now be Canadians, but for
some, it was so much more. For them,
this was an opportunity to be free in a
new country.
studies, we are still far from
consuming enough of them. Only
about 10% of Canadians
programs, maybe even cooking
If we don’t change our attitude now
to the way we eat in our society, we
can easily fall into eating even less
fruits and vegetables than what we
are managing now. Obesity,
diabetes and all other diseases will
increase. Your health is in your
hands. Don’t be fooled, wrong
choices will catch up with you one
Written by: Simona Ruscio, Samuel
Pickford, and Julia Scuccimarri
We couldn’t believe how quiet all of
us students were actually able to be. We
think it is because everyone was so
interested and knew that this day was
important for all of us, but especially
the new Canadians. For most of us, this
was the first time we got to experience
this kind of ceremony. Weeks before it,
each class prepared a beautiful poster
from each country that the new citizens
had come from and learned about what
it takes to become a Canadian citizen.
Mrs. DaCosta and Mrs. Cruise
worked with their Student Council team
to welcome all of the new citizens. The
Student Council members helped to
prepare some of the food for the buffet
lunch that was offered after the
Let’s Eat Our
Fruits and
By Glenda Esguerra
Are you at risk for heart disease and
stroke? How about high blood
pressure? How about lowering your
risk for these ailments? Fruits and
vegetables can do just that!
Potassium will lower blood
pressure. Vitamins help smooth the
digestive system. And if you eat a
lot of fruits and vegetables, they are
low in calories, so you can consume
more and have no room for junk
In the 80s until mid 90s, Health
Canada had pushed for up to nine
daily servings of fruits and
vegetables. We were told that half of
our plate at mealtime should
contain vegetables. And yet
according to nutritionists and health
actually eating their recommended
daily servings.
Isn’t it time for action? We need to
ask our government to put money
and effort into campaigns that
p r o m o t e
consumption of
There should be
incentives if we
healthier choices.
We can educate
t h r o u g h
We are all very lucky that McCaig
was chosen to hold this incredible
event. We hope that other McCaig
students will get to experience what we
did in the future.
Paravie- Personal Fitness Specialist, 514-512-5600,
[email protected]
Community Connections
Synthetic is the New
By Chelsea Chisholm, RHS
Keeping the verdigris in the grass when
the temperature drops was an unthinkable
task until Rosemere High School took a
different approach to prevent browning.
This year, the school welcomes a new
synthetic turf in its backyard.
In an interview with the Community
Connections, Mr. Scott Traylen, seven year
principal of RHS, revealed that the new
accommodation, with a life of what they are
hoping to be 25 years, was the fruit of the
Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du
Sport, the city of Rosemere, and a very
supportive school board. He said that the
importance of the role of physical activity
pushed the government and the Sir Wilfred
Laurier School Board to fund the expensive
project, while the strong bond with the high
school convinced the city to help, too. Mr.
Traylen said that the synthetic field will be
the source of good fortune and promotion in
years to come for both the school and city.
Over the past seven years, RHS has seen
many renovations and changes in
academics, arts and sports. The field was
By Ron Kesseler
Well, every city in Québec has just gone
through another municipal election. Wow,
are we glad that’s over, or WHAT! For
months we saw posters on telephone poles,
trees, buildings, flyers, all claiming that
they have found the “cure” to municipal
misfortune. We have received telephone
calls, knocks on our doors (at supper time)
and handshakes in public places from
people we did not know.
Results finally in, in some areas, the
names remained the same and in others
changes occurred. Deux-Montagnes was
one that saw changes. I believe that change
can be good for an area, so as the saying
goes, out with the old, and in with the new!
In past years, we have seen corruption
exposed at levels we may have never
believed possible in our “suburban” cities.
Taxpayers’ money being stolen and used by
overzealous, greed fueled pompous
manipulators, or in other words, our elected
officials. We now have the Charbonneau
Commission to thank for some of the recent
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but one undertaking regarding physical
activity to launch in the past few years, a
new gymnasium flooring and scoreboard
also having been installed. When asked
why the school chooses to immerse itself in
projects regarding the arts and physical
education, Mr. Traylen responded that they
have “tried to give students something that
will make them feel good about themselves,
improve their self-image, to give them
confidence, and to help them grow as young
Originally scheduled to open by the end
of October, the permanent field’s grand
opening was pushed back. Hopefully the
field will be in use before the first flakes
fall, said Mr. Traylen. All this waiting,
however, is not fruitless as the turf’s carpet,
the only part needing replacement after a
generation, accelerates the speed of both the
melting and absorbing of snow. It’s open
season will therefore be longer than of the
lumpy grass – and less muddy too.
Mr. Traylen is hoping that the new turf
will accommodate not only the football and
soccer teams but also the lacrosse team,
new since last year, and lead to a revival of
rugby and field hockey. Although the field
will not be accessible during lunch due to
maintenance standards and the gravel track
no longer existing, Mr. Traylen is certain
exposures we have seen in the media, but
this is only the tip of the iceberg. These
methods of municipal governing have been
going on for decades. The commission is
going back in history approximately five
years during their present investigation, but
with what they have been discovering, it
appears that the investigation will
eventually go back even further in time. I
can hardly wait!
Because of these revelations, I think only
a fool would run for office if he had
anything to hide from in his/her past.
We have seen councilors whose main
objectives were to veto every proposal from
the mayor because that leader was not who
they supported in their campaign. We have
allegedly seen mayors fill their pockets with
large amounts of cash (referring of course to
the news).
We have seen town hall
meetings that appear more like a TV movie
from the deep South in the 60s. We have
seen corrupt police officials. We have seen
streets being built where there is no need.
We have seen dezoning and rezoning for
personal gain. We have seen unexplainable
expenditures for infrastructures that no one
Workers laying the new synthetic turf for
Rosemere High’s outdoor sports teams.
the project will inspire and encourage people
to get moving in gym class and sports teams.
All the progress being made is in the name of
advocating participation in the school. Even
though participation is always recommended,
success, socially or academically, is also vital to
a healthy learning environment and eventual
integration in society. Mr. Traylen stated firmly
that he believes the school’s motto, “Respect,
Honesty, and Service,” to be crucial to one’s
success in all stretches of life.
Many people have worked furiously to
complete the synthetic field. Thanks to a caring
community, a wonderful staff, and dedicated
principals, tweaks have been made over many
years at Rosemere High School. Mr. Traylen
hopes that changes and advancements of
programs will continue there in the future.
knew existed. The list goes on and on …
Now we watch through a magnifying glass
what the newcomers will do.
It must not be an easy task to walk into
an office, be the new people on the block
and attempt to identify what and where
errors were made to force tax increases,
some unexplainable pay hikes, dealings
with neighboring cities for exchanges of
services or selling our souls.
The newly elected officials come from all
walks of life. We hope that their devotion
to a city, desire and experience, will drive
common sense to the forefront and with
some luck and hard work, cities in the
province will see positive changes.
Wouldn’t that be different?
To those who served – thank you. To
those who begin - good luck!
Please don’t let history repeat itself. We all
want a safe, clean, peaceful, place to raise our
families without fear of major change, with
politicians consulting the taxpayers through all
available methods provided by law. Bring back
a word we have been missing lately - TRUST!
These are my thoughts, what are yours?
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December/January 2014
Industrial Boulevard in St. Eustache
(telephone 450-491-1991 or their
There are a variety of activities that you
can do as a member of this organization
that will help you to find potential
clients. One caveat though: discussions
are currently proceeding with another
chamber that might result in a slight
name change, or not.
First are the monthly breakfasts held in
local restaurants at a nominal fee ($10
approx.) that allow you to meet fellow
entrepreneurs in a relaxed setting where
you have the opportunity to give a brief
(emphasis on brief) pitch about your
business. You can also hand out your
company’s business cards or pamphlets
of your company if available, and they
should always be available. Don’t leave
home without them. They are the best
way for others to remember who you
are and how to contact you.
Membership is relatively cheap; less
than $200 annually for individuals and
it exposes you to a huge variety of
events and training. There are also 5 to
7s monthly where you can meet a larger
group of members that will give you
greater exposure. No public
presentations are required -j ust relax
and enjoy them.
Further benefits come in the form of
training sessions and more formal
lunches or suppers where local
politicians and dignitaries update the
community on their plans for
development in the region. These come
with a small charge in most cases, but
are worth it. They are optional of
course. Other benefits include a
reduction in prices with other
businesses that are members of the
chamber. Regular mailings are sent out
by the chamber to members in the
region to make everyone aware of the
active providers of services or products
in the community.
There are also other networking
organizations in the region that meet
regularly-BNI (Business Network
International) to name just one. Each
networking organization has its strong
points depending on how much time
you have to devote to marketing. It will
become more natural for you to network
however, the more that you do it.
Marketing through networking is
probably the best way to get to know
your clientele and more importantly, for
them to get to know you. Time
permitting, never miss a networking
opportunity especially during your startup period. That is the first couple of
years: yes years! That’s it for now.
More to come in the next issue on other
critical requirements that you will have
like financing and possibly how a
(Continued from August/September 2013 issue)
By Jim Colmer
This article is a follow up to the article
that I wrote in the August/September
issue of Community Connections by the
same title. These articles will continue
to appear in future issues of our
newspaper as guidelines to those in our
milieu who have decided to become
Once you have made the decision to be
an entrepreneur, there is a logical series
of steps to follow that will help to
immerse you in the world of
entrepreneurship. You will find yourself
facing activities that you never
considered would be part of your daily
life as a business person. Now that you
are an entrepreneur, what activities and
organizations will be important to you
as aids in your new endeavour? In the
last issue, I mentioned three activities
that would be necessary or helpful in
your new role. They were networking,
financing your business and mentoring
for you personally.
The first item most entrepreneurs want
to address is how do they find
customers for their product or service.
The answer is: everywhere, potentially.
But you will not find them, in most
cases, in your living room. Which
means what? It means that you have to
get out of your house and go look for
them, if you want to be able to make
a personal pitch to them. Marketing
your products or services is probably
one of the most challenging activities
that a new entrepreneur will do. If
you are a bit naturally introverted, as
many of us are, it can be a daunting
exercise, second only to the fear of
public speaking.
There are several organizations that
can help with this responsibility that
you now have as an entrepreneur.
The first choice of most newbies in
business is your local Chamber of
Commerce. Locally it is the
Chambre de commerce et
D’Industrie Saint-Eustache, DeuxMontagnes, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le–
Lac located conveniently at 67A
mentor can give you a big hand during
this important period of your business.
To be continued
next issue...
Community Connections
Page 12
In verse and dramatic illustrations,
Dear Bully of Mine Wins
Moonbeam Award
By Gordon Wetmore
Vicki Fraser, a teacher at Rosemere’s
McCaig Elementary and a mother of
two, has won a prestigious gold medal
Moonbeam Award for children’s
literature for her first book, Dear Bully of
Author Vicki Fraser with young admirer.
The award, announced October 10,
was for the First Book – Picture Book
category. Her prize is shared with the
book’s illustrators, twin brothers Cody
and Sean McGrath, and Domnizelle’s
Publications, Inc. of Laval.
Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
have been given for print and email
publications that “inspire children to
explore, learn and cooperate” by the
American Jenki ns Group book
marketing firm since 2007. According
to the Independent Publisher website,
more than 1200 entries from the United
States, Canada and overseas were
considered for the 2013 awards. Judges
included librarians, teachers, students
and book reviewers.
Vicki Fraser reads Dear Bully to rapt
Dear Bully of Mine tells the story of
three older elementary students whose
lives are made miserable by social,
emotional and physical bullying.
The two boys and one girl, bullied
separately and feeling very much alone,
face mocking, betrayals, beatings,
intimidation, and constantly eroding
cyber-insults. As one says, “I wake up
every morning, clinging to my bed,
wishing that I’d want to get up, but
dreading it instead.”
Yet the three persevere.
salvations come from inside, the
turning point for one coming through
an introspection revealing that “I am
worthy, deserving, strong.”
victories do not come from physical
battles but insights that show empathy
and maturing perspectives that we
adults can learn from.
The illustrations match the narrative
progression and character growth.
Subtly shaded, they reflect the darkness
of the characters’ early sufferings and
progressively lighten as the three
protagonists’ situations evolve for the
Ms. Fraser revised her narrative 12
times, field testing some versions with
her grade six students and listening to
their advice. The effectiveness of the
final product was evident at a reading
at the Rosemere public library
September 17, when the French version
was introduced.
Translator Mme Catherine de Merlis,
a French second language teacher at
December/January 2014
McCaig, read Mon Cher Intimidateur to
one rapt gathering of students.
Following that, Ms. Fraser was to read
her original. A boy who had already
heard Dear Bully at school and now had
sat through and enjoyed the French
version, asked shyly if he would be
allowed to hear Ms. Fraser read the
book once more. Of course, he was
The book is beautifully published,
showing the respect and care of
Dear Bully writer Vicki Fraser, publisher
Genevieve Rossignol, and French translator
Catherine de Merlis
Domnizelles Publishing. Both versions
are available at Indigo stores in Laval
and Pointe Claire, the Babar bookstores,
and on line through Indigo,
A m a z o n . c o m ,
a n d
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December/January 2014
New Series of Novels from
Cynthia Owens
their families fled the Great Irish
Famine of the mid-1800s.
They arrive in the New World
together, but in hardship, some having
lost almost every member of their
families. At the signing and in her
press release, Ms. Owens recounted
how the boys grew to manhood as a
fiercely loyal band of brothers. They
fought together in the streets of New
York City and in the American Civil
War. After the war, they were ready to
settle down.
Deceptive Hearts tells the story of
Shane MacDermott, a hero of the Irish
Brigade who becomes a policeman, and
Lydia Daniels, a young woman of
wealth. Shane returns to New York to
find his family decimated and his life
shattered; Lydia shelters women in her
mansion and fears discovery. Both
harbour secrets that put their lives in
jeopardy and can destroy them. The
challenge of their circumstances and
their guarded – and deceptive – hearts
form the nucleus of their love story.
Ms. Owens read a short excerpt that
was well received by the gathering of
friends and supporters, and
autographed copies for her fans.
A diligent researcher and lover of all
things Irish, she has more books in
development and a supportive
publisher in Highland Press Publishing,
a Florida-based company.
The second book in the series, Keeper
of the Light, is due out in December in
time for Christmas. Set on an island in
the Bay of Fundy, Owens said that it
allowed her to combine some of her
favourite things: Irish history and
mythology, “and a very important but
little-known piece of Canadian history.
“You might say I’m showing my
Canadian pride with this book, and I’m
really pleased with the way it turned
Ms. Owens books are available
through Chapters Indigo stores
w w w . a m a z o n . c a ,
a n d, and from the
writer herself.
A new business has brightened the
store frontage on Oka Road, and as it
celebrated its tenth week in business
November 1, all indications are that it
had begun well.
flexible according to the student’s needs
and are planned a week or even a
month ahead.
By Gordon Wetmore
Deceptive Hearts is not just the fourth
novel by prolific Deux-Montagnes
writer Cynthia Owens, it is the first in
her entirely new Wild Geese series.
At a book signing at the DeuxMontagnes Municipal Library
September 29, Ms. Owens said that her
new set of historical romances will be
centered in North America but her
characters will still be Irish at heart.
They feature five close friends brought
together as children on a coffin ship as
New Business for Oka Road:
Horizons Language Centre
By Gordon Wetmore
Holding the flowers is Dana Vlahova,
owner and managing director of the
Horizons centre de langues in DeuxMontagnes, and to her right is office
manager Murielle Trudeau. Flanking them
are friends Pavlinka Boyadjiva (left) and
Milan Boyadjiv (right) of Ecole de musique
Lilianne, who brought the bouquet to the
language training centre’s successful first 10
Horizons centre de langues is an
English-as-a-second-language (ESL)
training centre.
Its owner and
Managing Director is Dana Vlahova, an
energetic and passionate entrepreneur
who holds two Masters degrees, one in
ESL and a second, from Sofia
University in her native Bulgaria, in
Pedagogy, Social Science and School
At the clean and well set-up
premises (612 Oka Road), there are
private, semi-private and small groups
(4-8 people) that meet mornings and
evenings twice a week, plus Saturdays.
Scheduling for private courses is
“With our location within walking
distance from the train, evening
students are mainly people working
regular hours,” Ms. Vlahova said. She
added that the Horizons has quite a
few retired clients. Retirees, students
and referred clients get a 10 percent
discount, she stated.
There is a Kids Club for children,
with a dynamic and creative teacher
specialized in that age group, Ms.
Vlahova said. The Kids Club started
with four students in October then
doubled to eight by November.
There are four experienced
teachers altogether and “all of us are
qualified – it’s a pre-requisite,” she said.
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December/January 2014
The Church Mouse
By Eric Painter
Message from the
Church Snoop
Jesus is the reason for the season. It
is not merry Santa Claus, nor happy
holidays. It is Christ’s Mass. Do wish
everyone a “Merry Christmas”.
Now is the time to thank every one of
the wonderful “contacts” who do such
a marvelous job all year of gathering
the news of the lovely services and activities of the church. We should be
very proud of them. We owe them a
great deal. Here they are in alphabetical
order:Lillian Bonneville
St. James
Beverly Cordell
All Saints
Lynne Fougere
Holy Family
Pastor Fred Greenwood
Carol Kirkpatrick
Rosemere United
Diane Pratt
Christ Church
Anne-Marie Regimbald
Pastor John Thévenot
Holy Cross
Church of God
I am very proud of this special group
of people and I know that all the congregations join me as they see the
names of these busy people who keep
us so well informed. I’m sure that all
the parishes must join me in this pride.
As we keep in our minds and hearts,
that through all these wondrous days,
the real reason for all of it is the everlasting love God has for us, as he sent
the gift of his son, our Lord and Sav-
J7R 1L9
Tel: 450-473-2163/ Fax: 450-4727258
E-mail: [email protected]
PARISH PRIEST: Father Cyril MacNeil
Weekday Masses: Monday – Friday 9:00
Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5:00 p.m. &
Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
MASS OF RECONCILIATION: Sunday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. (First Sunday of Advent)
TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 6:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 10:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 25, 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 29, 10:00 a.m. Followed by Wine &
TUESDAY, Dec. 31. 5:00 p.m.
2014 at 10:00 A.M.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 4:15 p.m.
and Sundays at 9:15 a.m. during advent
CWL Progressive Whist, Sat. Jan. 25,
12:00 noon.
iour, the baby Jesus Christ, to be with
us forever, This, is Christmas! Along
with our thanks, comes every good
wish and prayer that you and your
loved ones will have a truly wonderful
Christmas, a most happy and peaceful
New Year, and as always, “May God
bless us everyone!"
Eric, the “Church Snoop”
Christmas blessing:
When the Word became man, earth was
joined to heaven. May He give you His
peace and good will, and fellowship with all
the heavenly host. May almighty God bless
you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy
Spirit. Amen!
All Saints Church
248-18th Ave. Deux
Priest: Reverend
David Hart
Sunday services with Sunday school and
nursery at 11:00 am
1st Sunday – Morning Prayer
2nd / 4th Sunday – Holy Communion
3rd Sunday – Family service (Morning
10:30 – 11:00am: Time to connect (coffee,
tea, juice, snacks and friends)
Youth Group: Friday nights, for all high
school-aged youth in the church hall from
7:30 - 9:30.
Jan 4
“Food for Body and Soul”
monthly breakfast 9:30 a.m. – church hall
Dec. 16 Ecumenical Service of Lessons
and Carols to benefit Agape Deux Montagnes, 7:00p.m.
Dec 19/Jan 30 Holy Communion service at
Les Cascades 10:30 a m.
Dec. 24 7:00 pm: Christmas Eve Family
Service – worship, music and fun for young
and not so young
11:00 p.m:
Traditional Candlelight
In Bethlehem, there is a church for the
Palestinian refugees. These are the people
who live on the margins of life, excluded
from society. A window in the church
shows Joseph taking Mary and the Christ
child down to Egypt. They too were refugees. Not far away is the Shepherd’s Fields
where in the Nativity story, the good news
of the birth of a saviour was announced to
others who also lived on the margins of life.
For all who feel excluded, the good news
is that we are invited into a world which
does not exclude anyone. Here in God’s
world, we are all welcomed and received,
accepted and loved eternally. God’s love
breaks down every barrier, heals every division and fills our hearts with joy. Such love
is unconditional.
Do join us for any of our services this
Christmas and find out more about God’s
unconditional love. You will receive a
warm welcome.
Every blessing for a Joyful Christmas
Reverend David
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The Church Mouse
Cont’d from p.14
Dec. 17 Christmas dinner at “Out to
By Eric Painter
December/January 2014
Lunch” Tuesday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Eve200 Grande Cote, Rosemere
ryone is welcome, children must be ac.CHURCH
companied by adults.
Volunteers are
appreciated. Please contact Stella Cox
been a most blessed one
450-623-5192. There will be no “Out to
for us at the Deux-
lunch” Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Reopening
Kanesatake United
January 7.
209 rue des Anges, Oka.
honoured to have Sister Minnie Deshô-
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Service
tels from the state of Louisiana with us
We are sorry to see Cathy Hamilton
for Thanksgiving week-end. Sister De-
leave us, and wish her well in her other
shôtels produces a monthly newsletter
duties,. At the same time, warmly wel-
for prisoners, which reaches about 4000
come the interim student minister Miss
people. Her newsletter is sometimes
Linda Buchanan.
the only mail that some prisoners receive and we are privileged to be able to
share in this wonderful ministry. The
328 Pine St. ROSEMERE
Priest: Reverend David Hart
last week-end of October, we were ministered to by Rev. and Mrs. Andrew
DeRier of Faith School of Theology in
Maine. Ministering alongside were
Seth Dee and Bethany McKracken, students at the Bible College who were a
great blessing to us all. We look forward to the Christmas season now, remembering that Christmas is none
other than the celebration of the Incarnation, “the Word was made flesh and
dwelt among us.” Please visit our services each Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.
at 815, rue Rockland in DeuxMontagnes. A cordial welcome awaits
you there. Pastor John Thévenot (450)
Christ Church
214-14th Avenue, Deux
Sunday services are
now at 11:45 a.m. Please join this lively
community of faith for song, prayer,
Come and explore your
[email protected]
Sunday services at 9:30 am
The Sunday school continues every
first and third Sundays of each month,
at 9:30 am.
The Weekly Drop in Centre, every
Wednesday from 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m,
will close for the Christmas Holiday
Season, December, 18 and re-open
Wednesday, the 8th of January 2014.
Information for both
churches – 450-437-5560
Our two churches have embarked on
a new and innovative plan, simplifying
our schedule considerably.
churches now have Skype equipment in
their sanctuaries. Rosemere Memorial
and Kanesatake services will be conducted by Rev. Kurdyla at 11:00 a.m.
each Sunday. The minister will alternate between churches, but the service
will be for both congregations. This system allows participation by any of the
congregations. Members from either
congregation can read a scripture,
Kanesatake can enjoy Rosemere's choir.
Rosemere folks can sing hymns in Mohawk.
The regular Advent services will be
held....all at 11:00 a.m.
The Rosemere choir will present their
Cantata on December 15.
A Christmas Eve service will be held
for both congregations at 7:30 p.m.
The Christmas Bazaar at Kanesatake
will be held on Saturday, December 7
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Travel on
route 344 as if to take the ferry to Hudson, turn right on rue des Onges.
A Candlelight Service of Carols and
Lessons will take place tentatively on
December 15 at 7:00 p.m. Fellowship
and festive refreshments after the ser-
Located at Ste. Francoise
vice. A donation of perishable goods for
Cabrini Church,
210 Rue de L’Eglise, (Corner
the underprivileged in the area would
of Grande Cote)
be appreciated. Please call 450-621-6466
450 621 2150
for more details.
Parish Centre: 555 Lefrancois
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry
faith in a welcoming, dynamic atmos-
Christmas and a happy, healthy
and blessed New Year.
rial United Church
The fall season has
Montagnes Church of God. We were
and praise.
Face book: Rosemere Memo-
Fax 450 621 9080
Sunday services 9:30 a.m. at Ste.
Francoise Cabrini
Faith Ed Program of Studies:
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Lions’ Giant Book Fair Giant
By Martin Hensen
Photos By Gord Wetmore and Linda Hogue
The Deux-Montagnes Lions club's
10th annual giant book fair held on
Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th
of October was again a great success.
All day for two days readers came to the biggest
used book sale in Quebec.
December/January 2014
by Lions Casey Rose, Lorraine
McKenna, Betty and Martin Hensen.
Don Snell provided a lot of the muscle
moving the boxes of books throughout
the year.
Gigi O’Brien once again ran the arts
and collectibles section, and the Lions
members were on hand throughout the
weekend to stock the tables, count and
there to place the books on the tables.
Every year we are so grateful for the
assistance of the community. It shows
that the Lions' work in the community
is appreciated.
The boutique run by volunteers
Monique Therrien and Thérèse Olivier
contributed very much to the end result
The day before the Lions Used Book Fair tons of
Gigi O'Brien and Lucy Belair volunteering
at the Arts and Collectibles section
books had to be carried into Veterans' Hall and
distributed in their boxes by volunteers from the
Lions Club, Lake of Two Mountains High School,
former Mayor Marc Lauzon and the general
Approximately 33 000 books were
available and the comments of the
people attending the fair, both French
and English, were very complimentary.
The books were transferred by the City
on Friday from the sorting place to the
Veterans Hall, and the City also assured
that the event was very well publicized
in the media. Our thanks go to Valerie
Sauvé for a great media job making
sure that the Francophone community
was well informed about the sale.
Readers obviously take their books seriously,
searching with great concentration.
Candy stores? Hah! Nothing beats a good
book sale – and this was a great one.
Veterans Hall after set up was completed
Ten students from Lake of Two
Mountains High School volunteered for
the day to help us out. They did a great
job and their work is very much
appreciated. About 30 volunteers were
generated by the
book fair.
two ladies did all the
French books all
year, and we could
certainly not have
done without their
books were sorted
move books, help out in the café, which
was capably managed by Lion Pat
We would like to thank all the
citizens who supported us by donating
books and by attending the book fair,
and who make this annual book fair a
success. The book fair, which started 10
years ago with 1200 books, has now
become one of the biggest classified and
categorized used book fairs in Quebec.
All the funds generated by the
annual book fair are used by the DeuxMontagnes Lions Club to provide aid to
service associations and individuals in
our area who are in need of our help.
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for a silent auction. Among those
donating were Energie Cardio,
Universcité, and Jun’eau of DeuxMontagnes; Pronature, Acces Pharma
(situated in Walmart), Le Shack à bon
bons, and Le Regard des mains & Emu
Dundee of St.Eustache, Tarterie du
verger des musiques of St-Joseph-dulac, and Les Vignes de Laval in Laval
While the shelves were piled high
and more merchandise was reserved in
boxes, the boutique was nearly sold out
by the end of the first day, all to help
finance the charitable work of the Lions'
Community Connections
Christmas Boutique Adds to
Used Book Fair
By Gordon Wetmore
Thérèse Olivier and Monique
Therrien were involved for months
with the Lions Club used book sale held
October 19 and 20, but they had their
own project that brought in further
funds while warming gift givers’ hearts.
Shoppers finding treasures at the Christmas
Monique Therrien and Therese Olivier,
creators of the Christmas Boutique at the
Lions Club Used Book Fair.
That charming little Christmas
boutique at the entrance to Veterans
Hall in Deux-Montagnes, the one with
the cuddly toys and wrapped book-toycandy packages (and some for adults,
too), that was the result of nearly a
year’s work of scouring garage sales,
searching out manufacturers’ and
outlets’ surplus stock, and sorting and
packaging only the most pristine
items. All were being sold at amazingly
low prices.
Also, they persuaded stores and
other businesses to contribute packages
Community Connections
by: Lisa Agombar
HUGS from the
HUGS from the heart are
real. HUGS from the heart feel
good giving and receiving. HUGS
from the heart can convey in
seconds what a thousand words can
never say.
HUGS can make you feel grounded,
refreshed, nurtured or energized to
move forward. Big HUGS are deep
HUGS where each person’s heart is
touching, you feel safe and secure,
and everything around you stands
Recently we started our Reading
Detectives literacy skills program at
PANDA and welcomed a new
group of children. On the first day,
one of the children said, “I know I’ll
be ok here,“ and he went on to
explain that one of our leaders in
the program frequently hug him in
the playground and he found that
reassuring. Being new to a group
can be challenging, not knowing
where you fit in and the uncertainty
of what’s to come is overwhelming,
a big HUG can go a long way.
Days later I was in a meeting where
some serious brainstorming was
taking place.
Objectives were
achieved, connections were made,
and even a HUG or two was
exchanged. Though not everyone
was open to HUGS, those who were
left with smiles and energy between
them that weren’t there before.
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It’s been said that
HUGS reduce illness,
l o n e l i n e s s ,
anxiety to name a few. Imagine if
we took this theory and used HUGS
as a preventative measure to these
appreciate the HUG! Being grateful
for the everyday gifts of life may
just improve your health too!
Looking for a HUG? Don’t be shy
to ask for one from someone you
care about.
Looking for inspiration on living
with ADHD?
Join the next conference or any of
the upcoming ones!
· “Raising Optimistic
Where have all the HUGS
We live in a society that fosters the
use of HUGS in infants and young
children recognizing that if a child is
picked up and hugged when they
are crying it soothes them. We also
teach children the dangers in
hugging strangers while forgetting
to mention the benefits of good
HUGS from someone we know that
is safe.
Healthy development in both
children and adults is important.
We need to promote healthy HUGS
when a child enters pre-pubescence
and begins to question their sexual
identity because HUGS at that time
often become minimal or nonexistent. Keeping children safe is
important. Teaching the right to
personal space, respecting one
another and learning when it’s ok to
let someone in is essential for
According to Virginia Satir, a family
therapist whose work has been
backed by research and continues to
be sought out today, we need a
minimum of four HUGS a day for
survival, eight for maintenance and
12 to grow. With plenty of HUGS
our emotional well being is
impacted and there is development
in the brain of positive emotions.
HUGS are free and the benefits are
numerous. Be in the moment and
Children” on January 30 by
Peter Gantous M.A., Clinical
evening” on February 13 by
A go mbar ,
So cial
“Physi cal
A cti vi t y
ADHD” on February 27 by
Dr. William Harvey, Ph.D.
All our conferences start at
7:00 p.m. and are held at
1906 ch. Oka, Deux-Montagnes
(4 Korners Family Resource Center).
The cost is $5.00 per individual and
$7.00 for a family membership that
is open to anyone interested in
For more information on any of our
services or inquiries please contact
Lisa Agombar at 514-713-5353 or at
[email protected]
As with any learning curve it
takes time to reach
your objective, here’s
to hoping your days
are soon filled with 12
HUGS or more!
Community Connections
Morphed into
Possibilities at
High School
By Gordon Wetmore
A second Deux-Montagnes English
school has used entrepreneurial
creativity to solve educational and
financial problems and create ongoing
Things looked bad at Lake of Two
Mountains High, its school population
down, three classrooms closed, finances
low and the main computer lab
obsolete, until new principal Alan
Simoneau negotiated the renting out of
a self-contained section of the school to
a day care company.
The resulting influx of funds
allowed Mr. Simoneau with solid
support from the teachers' council, the
governing board and the Sir Wilfrid
Laurier School Board to compose a fiveyear plan to update and upgrade
student services, access to technology,
and teachers’ professional
The Centre de la Petite Enfance, Les
Petits Patriots, a day care center for
children up to age 5, moved into the
building September 30, with minimal
physical changes, mostly keypad
entries and new door locks.
Simoneau said that having the new
tenants and their tiny charges there has
been very pleasant, bringing the
community closer to the school. As an
added bonus, the custodial staff has
additional hours of work, he said.
The five-year plan involves putting
Google Chrome enabled laptops in the
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hands of every student in the school
and all the teaching and support staff as
The lightweight, small-sized
laptops are made by Samsung. They
contain all the word processing,
calculating, and Internet capability that
a high school student needs yet are
relatively inexpensive.
Mr. Simoneau said that teachers and
support staff should have their laptops
by early December and next year’s level
1 students will be equipped at the
beginning of the school year. Every
year after, the incoming grades will be
issued their Google Chromebooks until
all students are equipped.
More and more wireless connectivity
will be introduced over time, Mr.
Simoneau said.
“Everything here depends on teacher
interest,” he said.
Evidence that
interest is high is that two-thirds of the
staff have indicated a desire to attend a
Google Chrome workshop in Montreal
December 7 and 8, “a Saturday and
Sunday after they have already put in
five full days of work.”
The staff will become a professional
learning community with the most
computer savvy teachers guiding the
rest to develop their skills, “and we will
replace the lab that was not working to
our standards.”
The rental and the five-year plan
were the subjects of “intense and
intelligent discussions” in meetings of
the teacher council and the board of
governors. The area was for decades
the home of the Work Study Program,
once called ACE and now POWER. It
had three classrooms, a store with
kitchen facilities, a large staff room and
an office for its technician – and its own
“The POWER staff was instrumental
in making this move happen. They
thought beyond their own program to
the good of the school,” Mr. Simoneau
said. That, he added, was an indication
of the commitment of the entire staff.
The three principals preceding him
were transferred after only two years at
LTM, but Mr. Simoneau said that he
intends to see the plan completed. “I
cannot wait to see what the teachers
will do with their technology.”
Meantime, the daycare staff is
equally pleased with their new
premises. “It’s functioning very well
for us,” Diane Morin, assistant director,
said. Their high school neighbours are
friendly, and the classroom facilities,
the outdoor spaces and the accessibility
to the community are wonderful. They
are planning to add a new back door
and a fence to enclose an outdoor play
area, she said.
To learn more about LTMHS’ soonto - be i mpl emented Techno l o gy
Immersion Program, the school is
holding an open house Wednesday,
December 11, at 7:00 pm.
Let us know if you find this sign?
Send answer to [email protected]
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Presented by
Review by Cookie Smith, Photos by Gord
Song, dance, glitter, energy … now
that’s entertainment! The Forever
Young Theatre Group exceeded our
expectations once again on October
18/19 at Holy Family Parish Hall. The
Creative Seniors literally knocked our
‘bobby socks’ off with their musical
presentation of “Rock the Jukebox.”
Dishing up the food ‘50s style.
The evening started with a ‘50s dinerstyle supper, consisting of burgers, hot
dogs, chips, pop and sundaes with a
cherry on top. Then our mistress of
ceremonies, the always hilarious and
animated Anita Van der Ven, got the
ball rolling with introductions and kept
the audience chuckling all evening.
There were three acts with about a
dozen songs and dances in each act,
accompanied by various skits. A few
minor microphone issues did not
dampen the mood as there were plenty
o f si ng - a- lo ngs wi th audi ence
participation to fill in the gaps. The next
day, I met someone who was at the
show, and her comment was: “I really
enjoyed it and the best part of the show
was that it was not perfect”. Well said!
After all, this is amateur theatre for
seniors who want to be creatively
involved in the community while
having fun. That’s what it’s all about.
A great line up of energetic, fun performers
The cast got on stage and kicked off Act
One with “Rock the Jukebox” which got
us right “In the Mood”! Act Two was
full of fun and frolic. Sandi Scott
performed a heart-warming solo of
Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. Act three opened
up with “Stop in the Name of Love” by
Diana Ross. The Supremes looked
fabulous in their little black dresses and
black wigs. Bill Dore, the suave crooner,
delivered a great finger-snapping
version of Bobby Darin’s “Mack the
Knife”. Sandi sang another beautiful
solo of Connie Frances’ “Who’s Sorry
Now”. Jean-Marie Cote belted out
Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”
with finesse and flair. The showgirls
accompanied him with dazzling black
pants and top hats. Great
choreography, Val, for all the numbers!
The show closed with “Goodnight
Sweetheart.” However, the cast came
back with an encore of “Do Ya Love
Me” in response to their well-deserved
standing ovation.
When the show ended, we danced
the night away to D.J. “Earl the Pearl’s”
fabulous fifties, sixties, and seventies
music. Co-Directors, Valerie GloverDrolet and Heather Tremblay did a
fabulous job once more. Many thanks
go to so many volunteers and behindthe-scenes people, i.e. music coach,
stage manager, music compilation,
research, lyrics, assistant to the
directors, dance captains, production
team, carpentry, costumes, props, hall
décor, printing, design, video,
photography, technical crew for sound,
lighting and operation, kitchen staff, all
of whom make a presentation like this
Mistress of Ceremonies Anita Van der
Ven and co-directors Valerie GloverDrolet and Heather Tremblay
What an evening of entertainment, fun
and great memories! Thank you for this
wonderful performance of song and
dance which brought us back in time to
the lively jukebox and jive days of our
youth. We’re all eagerly awaiting the
next show with curiosity and
anticipation. The Forever Young
Theatre Group will be performing
Frank Capra’s Christmas classic “It’s a
Wonderful Life,” as a live dinner
theatre radio broadcast at the Heritage
Social Club on Dec. 13 at 6:00 pm. There
will also be a matinee on Dec. 14 at 2:00
pm. Don’t wait to buy your tickets, as
they always sell out fast. Break a leg …
not literally … as the show must go on!
The Forever Young
Theatre Company presents
A Live Radio Broadcast of The Frank
Capra Holiday Film Classic
It's a Wonderful Life - scripted for radio by
Tony Palermo
Two shows only December 13 - 6:00 p.m - FUNDRAISER for
Forever Young Theatre
Show includes Hors d'oeuvres - for 6-7 pm
cocktail hour - bar is available
And after show dance and
munchies with "DJ Earl J. Flint "
Tickets: $20.00
December 14 - 2 :00 pm matinee for families
and seniors (no bar) With a dessert buffet
after the show Tickets $15.00
WHERE: Heritage Social Club -
503 Cedar Ave. Deux Montagnes.
For tickets please contact Diane - 450-413-0912
Community Connections
Laughing All the Way
By Gordon Wetmore
There’s an expression, “Laughing all
the way to the bank.” That was the
thought behind the 4K Family Resource
Center’s comedy night fund raiser October 26 with three stand-up comics
providing the laughs, and there were
laughs a plenty.
The funds were to come from the 140
tickets sold, a silent auction and a busy
bar. How well the 4K did remained to
be calculated by press time, but there
was no doubt that the evening was an
artistic success. The audience at Veterans Hall in Deux-Montagnes were
chuckling from the beginning, choking
and gasping by the middle and on their
feet applauding at the end.
Identities as provided by Mike Paterson:
"Eman (woman), Mike Paterson (bald fat
guy), Andrew Searles (black dude).”
The mood was set before the show
actually started. Headliner Iron Mike
Paterson mixed convivially with the
arriving crowd. Despite a haircut that
looked like a clown’s fringe glued to a
bald wig, he came across as friendly
and gregarious if just a bit flakily energetic.
First up was Andrew Searles, the
master of ceremonies for the evening.
A slim twenty-something, he referred to
himself as “light chocolate.” A woman
near our table was heard to comment,
“I like chocolate.”
Searles recounted a charter flight to
Aruba via Toronto. When the plane’s
doors opened, they were hit by terrible
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humidity and odours. The people were
bad tempered, narrow minded and disagreeable, he said. “Then the plane finally took off from Toronto.” He interacted with some members of the audience until he asked one couple how
they met. They did not want to say.
That led to certain speculations from
the man with the microphone – and a
running gag that each of the other comics picked up on.
Eman was next. Palestinian born but
Montreal raised, hers was observational
comedy that reflected how people react
to Muslims in general and Arabs in particular. For instance, on meeting some
Arabs for the first time, Canadians give
each other a look that means, “Say
something nice before they explode.”
But, that does not mean that Canadians
reject everything Arabic. Hummus, for
instance, “hummus is the new mayonnaise.” As with most comics, the delivery of the lines carried the humour, so
her observations about comments from
construction workers and the attitude
of her Palestinian-born father to his mature but unmarried daughters had to be
heard. The audience loved her.
Coming on to introduce Mike Paterson, Searles strayed into male and female dating and mating behaviours.
His closing depictions of ultimate ecstatic expressions by each gender used
no words but plenty of sounds and actions, left the audience wordless,
breathless, yet roaring.
Then came Iron Mike, and all semblance of sanity left. The flaky energy
of earlier was replaced by a manic hurricane.
mainly about himself and his relationships – but not
forgetting the couple whose meeting
nor the politicians
in the room -- he
(“People can’t be-
lieve I’m a vegetarian. I remind them
that beer isn’t meat.”), sex, commitment, travel, the Kama Sutra (everyone
will remember position 294, The Starfish), and petting comfortable cats.
Anglo-French relations, he said, are
actually pretty good, except for the politics. For instance, whenever he attempts to speak to francophones in
French, they switch to English. He will
greet his neighbour with a hearty
“Bonjour!’ and his neighbour will reply,
“Why did you have to move in next to
The 4K’s board of governors and
volunteers were everywhere, tending
bar, minding to the silent auction, and
making sure all the tables had snacks.
President Peter Andreozzi reminded
everyone about the silent auction and
the 4K’s membership drive.
Executive director Rola Helou said
October 27 that the silent auction raised
about $1300, and the 4K was very grateful to the donors: Paravie (Total Body
Strengthener), Linda Supinski (set of
etched wine glasses), Bronzage le
Lounge (gift certificates), Pyrogenesis
(two sets of two hockey tickets), Peter
Andreozzi (Jean Beliveau framed
hockey cards, Mario Lemieux framed
hockey cards, and Johnnie Walker
Green Label scotch), Moccasin Joe Coffee Roasters (coffee and tea gift basket),
L’Oeufrier (gift certificates), Spa Scandinave (gift certificates), Deux-Montagnes
Autrement (gift certificates for Les Petits Fils d’Alice), and Elizabeth Sacca
(original, beautifully crafted quilt).
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sign-up tables. There was even a corn
boil for those feeling peckish and a
white-coated presenter from Mad Scientists taught kids how to make slime.
4 Korners Open House
By Gordon Wetmore
Interested visitors got warm welcomes
from volunteers
Scrap bookers bonding
The 4K Board of Directors: Julie Piette,
Gertrude Dore (Volunteer Coordinator),
Peter Andreozzi (President), Elizabeth
Sacca (Vice-president), Linda Supinski,
and Tom Whitton – Absent, Linda
The 4 Korners Family Resource Center kicked off the fall season with an
Open House at its Deux-Montagnes’
headquarters during the afternoon and
evening of September 12, a Thursday.
Visitors could sign up for various
4 Korners Financing Never Easy to
By Peter Andreozzi
President of the Board of Directors
4 Korners Family Resource Center
4 Korners Funding and how it is
This past quarter the 4 Korners has
seen a lot of changes, and many
members have asked about funding
and the future of 4 Korners. In my
discussions with them, they were
surprised when they learned about how
the 4 Korners receives funding and the
obligations that come with the funding.
I would like to take a few
moments to explain how the 4 Korners
receives funding, how we spent such
money and what is the difference
between program and project funding.
Funding is received in the form of
grants; the 4 Korners needs to apply for
Tai Chi meets ParaVie
activities sponsored directly by the 4K
or by organizations affiliated with it.
Staff and the board of directors were
there to meet visitors and a number of
the 4K’s many volunteers manned the
each and every grant and this is how
we receive money. Each grant is for a
certain program or project and the
money must be spent in that area and
only that area. The grant can be for one
year or multiple years with the money
being sent to us over the length of the
contract. As you can imagine, trying to
operate this way is extremely
challenging and for the most part we
have done a great job over the years.
When grants are received they are
either for projects or programs and the
difference between these two is huge.
Project funding is for a very specific
activity and you must do and spend the
money as specified for the grant. This
money does not help with the day to
day operations of or the overhead costs
of the 4 Korners. This type of funding
represents over 83% of our budget.
Mad scientist finding out who likes
Grants are very tricky and we need
to spend the money received for each
grant as per the budget for each grant.
Failing to do so can result in the funders
demanding the money back, plus
interest. We are carefully watched and
must submit regular audits to show that
we are spending the money correctly.
Program funding is money that is
given to us which we can spend on
things that are essential to the day to
day operations of the 4 Korners such as
rent and hydro. The majority of
program funding comes from la
Programme de soutien aux organismes
communautaires (SOC) and Centraide.
Municipal funding from DeuxMontagnes, currently the only
municipality in the Deux-Montagnes
MRC that is giving us funding, has been
cut by over 66% in the past three years
to what we
Cont'd on p. 31
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Community Connections
Sue Chef
By Susan Sanders
December/January 2014
Pour over salad, toss well and serve
perature for 30 minutes before frying.
right away.
Using a grilling pan, grill filet mignon
over medium high heat for about 5 min-
Hi again! This is one of
Alaskan King Crab Legs
utes per side for medium rare steaks.
Au Gratin potatoes
my favorite columns to
write. As many fami-
½ cup
lies have a set traditional dinner for Christmas day and
¼ cup
New Years’ day, New Years’ Eve is my
Garlic cloves, large
very thinly sliced
Lemon, for garnish
chance to try some new, and sometimes, adventurous dishes.
Alaskan King Crab Legs
Idaho Potatoes, peeled and
Some of
these are a little on the pricey side, but
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
what better time to splurge than the
Break crab legs at the joints, then cut
moment before the resolutions!!
with a clever, ending up with pieces
Garlic cloves, minced
that fill it in the pot of boiling water.
Gruyere cheese, grated
Cream, 35%
Eggs, large
Salt and pepper
Place crab in boiling water and boil gently for 5 minutes. Remove and drain.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut each piece so that it
is about 3
Butter a 10 inch casserole or au gratin
Cut each leg piece
dish. Arrange 1/3 of potato slices on the
Gratin Potatoes
lengthwise to expose the meat. Mince
bottom of the dish. Add 1/2 of the but-
Sauteed Peppers, Mushrooms and On-
the garlic, chop the parsley finely and
ter here and there over potatoes. Dot
add both to the butter. Mix well. Place
with 1/2 minced garlic. Add a little salt
Brandy Snaps
a little garlic butter in each crab leg
and pepper. Add another third of the
opening. Lay each piece, cut side up,
potatoes, ½ minced garlic, 1/2 butter
on a foil lined tray. Place the tray under
and 1/2 of the cheese.
the broiler and broil, checking con-
third of potatoes.
stantly, until butter has melted. Serve
and cream and pour over the potato
right away, with melted garlic butter
dish, making sure just to cover the pota-
and torn into bite sized pieces
and lemon slices on the side, if you’d
toes. Sprinkle the remaining cheese
over top. Place au gratin dish on a foil
Orange and Almond Salad
Alaskan King Crab Legs
inches in length.
Filet Mignon
(Serves 4)
Orange and Almond Salad
Iceberg lettuce, washed, dried
Oranges, medium size
¼ cup
Top with last
Combine the eggs
lined tray. Place in the middle of the
Almonds, slices
Filet Mignon
Shallots, chopped
Orange Juice
Lemon Juice
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
oven and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, the
Filet Mignon, 1½ inches thick
Place lettuce pieces in a large bowl.
top is golden brown and the cheese is
Lemon, juice of
bubbly. Let rest 5 minutes before serv-
Olive Oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
Sautéed Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions
Peel oranges and remove white pith.
Section oranges, then cut each sectioned
Mix together lemon juice, oil, vinegar,
piece in rows of three crosswise. Place
salt and pepper. Place the filet mignon
Red Pepper
on top of lettuce, then scatter almonds
in a shallow dish and pour the mari-
Vidalia Onion
over all.
nade on top. Let the filets marinate for
Mushrooms, button
Mix together the juices, oil,
shallots, salt and pepper.
Mix well.
at least 2 hours in the fridge, turning
frequently. Let filets rest at room tem-
Cont'd on p. 27
Community Connections
A Look at Rosemere
By Marge McCord
Team Leduc
in Rosemere
Our Mayor, Madeleine Leduc and her
councillors, Daniel Simoneau, Normand
Corriveau, Guylaine Richer, Eric
Westram, Marie-Andree Bonneau and
Kateri Lesage were the winners of the
municipal election in Rosemere. They
will be working with us for the next
four years.
In October, the Rosemere Volunteer
services held their Annual General
Meeting. In October on a separate day,
they presented cheques to the Rosemere
Foundation and Entraide.
At the
Rosemere High School graduation in
September, the President of R.V.S.
Marge Costello, attended and presented
two scholarships – one to a girl, the
other to a boy who have made the most
progress during their final year. The
R.V.S. Boutique is open with lovely new
merchandise, crafts on consignment.
You can also relax and have a good cup
of coffee or tea. Being a non-profit
organization, there is no tax. Their next
General Meeting will be held in
February 2014.
In 2014, the 22nd Winter Olympics will
open on February 7, and will be the
most expensive games ever, summer or
winter. So far costs are estimated at
more than 50 billion dollars U.S. They
will be held in Sochi, Russia nestled on
the Black Sea and against the towering
Caucasus Mountains. Many Canadian
athletes will attend. Rosemere is proud
to say that gold medalist Alex Bilodeau
will be taking part again in the Moguls.
In Vancouver, B.C. at the 2010
Olympics, he was the first Canadian to
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win gold on home soil. “We always say
winning Olympic gold is hard,” Mr.
Bilodeau said. “Winning it again is
harder. But I see it differently. I’ve
tasted it. I loved it. And I want it
again.” Our very best Alex – we will be
rooting for you and all of the other
Canadian athletes who will be
competing at the Sochi Olympics.
This summer and fall some parts of
Rosemere have experienced many
power outages. If there is a bad storm
or high winds, it is understandable.
But should it happen on a still day, too?
From what I was told, the town is in
contact with Hydro Quebec and
hopefully the situation will improve.
Where I live, we were hit every time!
Community Centre – rear of the
building. The date was changed due to
the election on November 3rd.
I was very happy to
attend a party given by
the Blachford CrossCountry ski group and
others to say farewell,
not goodbye to Hap
and Tex Dawson who
have moved to Pointe
Claire. I am sure they
will be popping by to
see old friends and
friends here will be
going to visit them.
Christmas Bazaar – The
Catho l ic
Wo men’s
League of Holy Cross
Parish will hold its
Bazaar on
Sunday, Dec. 8, from
10:00 am to 2:00 pm at
the Rosemere Memorial
December is a very busy festive month
with the celebration of Christmas, tree
decorating, buying gifts, planning a
special family dinner, etc. I used to love
when carollers would come to our
house and sing one of our favourites,
but those days are gone.
A very Merry Christmas to all of you, a
Happy Hanukkah and a Happy,
healthy New Year.
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Entrance fee: $4, 16 years+/day or $10
for a tournament pass!
The tournament committee invites
you to join us during our week of festivities to enjoy one of the fastest games
on ice!
their calls in split seconds from a
pitcher who throws fastballs at 95 mph,
with a small strike zone and a catcher
who sometimes screens their view.
Pitchers also throw curves, change ups
and, the hardest pitch to call, knuckle
balls. So get off the ump, and if you
have two strikes on you, swing the bat
and stop depending on the ump to call
a ball. In basketball and hockey, two
very fast sports, the referee also has just
split seconds to make the calls. He has
to establish what player had the correct
position and who initiated contact in
order to call an infraction. Players
make numerous mistakes that affect the
outcome of any given game in every
sport. So relax, players. Concentrate.
Focus on your performance for positive
results. Your team will benefit in a
most rewarding and successful way.
Officials are trained to be in a position
to make calls and call only what THEY
see, NOT what players or coaches see.
By Andréa David
Tournament Organizer 2014
Established in 1982, the Two Mountains Ringuette Association provides an
opportunity for girls aged four and
older to thrive in an on-ice team sport.
The association serves the cities of Deux
-Montagnes, Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, StJoseph-du-Lac, Pointe-Calumet and
Oka. Through ringuette, girls improve
their physical fitness and form friendships among the 100 girls registered
within our association. Moreover, the
association is committed to developing
athletes from recreation, competitive
and even elite levels of competition.
This year, the association is hosting
its 15th anniversary tournament from
Sunday, January 5, 2014 to Sunday,
January 12, 2014, at Danièle Sauvageau
arena. The opening ceremonies, on
Sunday, January 5, will honour some of
the founding members of the association and other important members
throughout the years.
The tournament committee is pleased
to welcome teams from all over Québec
and Ontario. We provide a minimum
of three games/team, fresh fruit platters
after each game, participation gifts to all
players and coaching staff, medals to
finalist teams and banners to champion
teams. There are many additional activities during the tournament such as a
goalie competition, ring toss, face paint
your team logo, a photographer, a prize
table, popcorn, cotton candy and much
For this edition of our tournament, we
will be hosting a National Ringuette
League game between Lac St-Louis
A d re n a l i n e a n d L e R o y al d e
Bourassa on Saturday, January 11, at
11:00 a.m. involving two players who
began playing ringuette in TwoMountains! Following the game, NRL
players will be available for pictures
and autographs.
My Opinion
Many coaches in communities such
as Deux-Montagnes must take required
courses to qualify them to give coaching
instruction and enable them to coach
athletes at the inter-city elite level.
What they learn at these clinics is how
to co-ordinate a practice and teach the
basics of a sport. What they do NOT
learn is how to coach.
Coaching is dedication, teaching,
managing time, matchups, reading your
players, how to play without the ball/
puck, adjustments, practicality, and
handling adversity. The certificate you
receive does none of the above. It simply is for each association/committee to
justify your right to coach. Also, it is a
money maker for the instructors.
Good coaches and/or the best
coaches use their playing experience,
common sense and competitiveness to
succeed. I am writing this article NOT
to discourage courses but to state that
the best and most successful coaches do
not require a certificate. That’s my
What’s yours? [email protected]
Second Opinion:
Let the Ref Make the Calls
By Bobby Fordham
Referees and umpires are a very important part of any
sport and/or game,
but they are not the
deciding factor. For
example, in Major
League Baseball, the
home plate umps
have a very difficult
task when calling
balls and strikes.
They must make
Shamrocks Soccer
Deux-Montagnes New
President Jamshid Ghavami;
Director of house league Benoit Fauteux:
Director of 7 aside soccer Steve
Goodyn; Director of 11 aside soccer
Martin Mercier; Treasurer Eric Maurice ; Secretary Lyne Poirier; Equipment Managers Russell Hughes/
Roberto Alvarez; Director of events
Gail Jackson; Web Manager Patricia
Potvin; Registraire Christian Blais;
Tournament President Sasha Ghavami
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Count your
By Colleen Baxter
It’s that wonderful time of year
again! Come sit with me by the fire and
let’s have a nice chat while sipping our
favourite cuppa.
To say that this has been an
eve n tf ul mo n th wo u l d be an
understatement. In my last column I
focused on seniors. My input on the
subject is taken from a very personal
view point. My mother has gone from
being somewhat independent to
depending on complete strangers for
her daily care. Life just happened and
we were caught off guard!
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impossible task. She needed, and still
needs round the clock nursing care.
Talk about guilt! Now what was I to
asked for help and have received it.
Help me with the guilt. Thankfully I
have the best family and such good
friends. And, what I have realized from
all of this is that the guilt never
completely goes away. It just eases up a
Prior to all this Mom, had the
usual signs of dementia that comes with
old age. Forgetting short term, but
remembering in detail things that
happened fifty years ago. The blood
disorder caused an advanced dementia
and her mental state has deteriorated
tremendously. I, immediately, resented
this imposter taking over my mother’s
body. Who is she? She looks like Mom
but the mother that I knew is long gone.
Our family is overwhelmed with this
new turn of events.
To make a long story short …
this past August, we treated Mom and
took her to Kingston, Ontario.
Although, needing help walking with a
walker and being pushed around in a
wheelchair, she was capable of being
sufficiently autonomous. We laughed as
she enjoyed her rum and coke while
sitting in the hotel. We ate at her
favourite restaurant, Red Lobster. She
had a great time and it was fun to see
her enjoying herself to such an extent. If
I had known that this would be our last
outing; I would have totally savoured it
to the fullest. But, no one ever knows!
The hospital released her
because her condition was stable. There
was nothing else they could do for her.
Now this was the hard part! Where
would she go? She was like a vegetable,
couldn’t walk or look after herself, nor
could her family attend to her. But, we
were the lucky ones! We had enough
money to provide private nursing in a
wonderful care facility. Without that
kind of funding she would have been
thrown into the public system, being
transported from one home to another.
To meet her preferences, the list was
never ending, and the wait could take
years. By the time her name would have
topped the waiting list, her life would
probably have been long over.
We came home on the Thursday
and by Monday Mom got really sick. At
that age, one does not take chances, so
we called an ambulance and this is
where it gets sad. She was diagnosed
with sepsis which is an infection
relating to the blood. We almost lost
her, but thankfully she overcame it.
She’s a tough 91 year old. Then there
were complications due to different
blood thinners, and unfortunately her
leg was paralysed. I always promised
my mother that I would look after her
until the very end, but now this was an
If you have never had to deal
with this, you don’t know what is out
there. There are so many seniors
waiting to go into homes and there are
just not enough rooms available. Most
hospitals have designated a floor for the
ones that are waiting to go to one. It is a
long and sad process. My mother was
on that floor and we, like I said, were
fortunate enough to decide as to where
she would go. Not everyone is!
It has taken us quite some time
to come to terms with all of this. My
brothers and I have felt the pain. I have
I have also scolded myself for
being so selfish. How many daughters
can say that they still have their mother
at the ripe old age of 91? I am truly the
lucky one. I am sure many of you,
especially the ones that have lost their
mothers would trade places with me in
a heartbeat. I’m sorry if I have offended
anyone with my whining. I will never
take life for granted again.
This is the season to be
grateful, and I am truly grateful for all
that I have. When I go to the home and
visit my mother and hold her hand, I
feel blessed. No, she is not the same, but
she is still there. Every once in a while I
get a glimpse of my mother and
although the times are few and far
between; it is well worth the wait. She is
still with us.
There are many seniors out
there that have no one to visit them.
Please, especially at this time of the
year, volunteer or organize an outing to
these centers. When I go in to visit my
mother there is a common room where
the seniors sit. As the door opens and I
enter, they look up, perhaps in
anticipation of a visit. The sadness in
their eyes causes me to tear up as they
look down with disappointment.
It is never too late to reach out.
Maybe, there is someone in your very
own family that might need a visit. Life
is short but the memories that you
make are everlasting.
Happy Holidays and perk you later,
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SUE CHEF cont'd from p. 23
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. Melt
butter, sugar and molasses in a saucepan
over low heat until butter has melted and
sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly. Sift in
flour with the salt and ginger. Mix well.
Add the lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well
again. Scoop mixture using a teaspoon and
drop onto a well-greased baking sheet, at
least 4 inches apart. Bake about 7 minutes
or until light brown. Remove from oven.
Remove “cookies” from pan using a sharp
knife, or large cake buttering knife, and
quickly roll each cookie around the handle
of a wooden spoon. The trick is to roll them
before they have time to cool. When they
are cool they won’t want to bend. In that
case, return them to the oven just long
enough for them to warm, and then try
again. It does take some practice, but is
well worth it in the end! Store rolls in a
container at room temperature until ready to
fill with whip cream. Just before serving
dessert, pipe whipped cream into each
cookie roll. If you don’t have a piping bag
with tips you can always use a plastic
freezer bag. Just fill the bag, and cut a criss
cross opening at one bottom tip. Then
simply squeeze whip cream to fill each
cookie roll.
Serve your favorite wine with dinner and,
of course, champagne at midnight!!
open her own business.
showed her there is a demand for ESL
in the suburbs but outside Montreal
“it’s virtually impossible” to find
adequate physical locations for
language instruction.
“We are extremely flexible when it
c o m e s t o a c co m m o d a t i n g o u r
customers. Whatever it takes, we will
make the effort to help them on their
way to learning a new language – and
enjoy the process,” she said.
The Horizons centre de langues can
be reached at 514-448-4208 and at
[email protected]
There is a
website at for
more information.
its members meant to provide aid to
local individuals and families.
People in need can now call a single
number (450)473-7450 and be easily
directed toward the most
appropriate resource. The AGM for
Agapé will be held on Jan. 15, 2014 11:00 a.m. at Maison des citoyens
202 Henri-Dunant,Deux-Montagnes.
Lemon, juice of
Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
Quarter the pepper. Remove core and
seeds. Slice each quarter lengthwise into 6
pieces. Peel onion and slice crosswise into
1/4 inch rounds. Separate rings. Clean
mushrooms and slice each top to bottom 3
times. Place all in a large bowl. Add the
lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Let
marinate at room temperature for at least 1
hour. Place butter in a large frying pan and
sauté veggies over medium high heat until
tender and onions are on the golden side.
Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm
until ready to serve.
Brandy Snaps
Molasses, dark
Ginger, ground
Lemon juice
New Business for Oka Road:
Cont'd from p. 13
About 80 percent of the classes are
dialogue and conversation, and
textbooks and materials are available on
site. At all levels there are games,
puzzles and videos to make the
learning fun and progressive. “We
learn better when we are relaxed and
stimulated … There is more to learning
a language than a book and a
A single mother of two girls in
elementary school, Ms. Vlahova created
her first successful Horizons Centre in
Europe, which she sold after five years
to come to Canada. She also has 12
years of marketing experience, but
teaching ESL is her passion.
In Canada, she worked for other
companies for a year before deciding to
The mission
established in an
effort to better
coordinate the outreach services of
As always, I hope you enjoy!
Happy New Year! - Sue Sanders
Relax Provincial PeeWee
Tournament Dec. 14 to 22.
This year the PeeWee tournament
"Relax" is celebrating its 16th year. We
will be welcoming a total of 36 teams
from across the province in the
following classes: B, A, CC and BB.
To highlight this year's tournament
the Organising Committee has included
a skills contest ensuring all youth
hockey players and coaches registered
will have an enjoyable time and leave
with a memorable experience.
For more information on this
upcoming tournament, visit our website
at A.H.M.L.D.M under the section
(tournament) or contact Karyne Dubé,
president of the tournament at
[email protected]
Royal Canadian Legion
Campaign is now in full
swing! Have you renewed your
considered joining us?
Season’s Greetings to all! Wishing
everyone a Healthy and Happy
New Year!
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The Effects of
Exercise on the
Brain, Alzheimer’s
and Mild Cognitive
Your risk of having a
condition called mild cognitive impairment
(MCI) which involves memory and
language increases with age. It can involve
problems with memory, language, thinking
and judgment that are greater than normal
age-related changes.
This does not
interfere with everyday functioning, but it
may be a precursor to dementia. MCI is an
intermediate stage between the expected
cognitive decline of normal aging and the
more serious decline of dementia.
There are two types of MCI, one that affects
memory is known as amnestic MCI where a
person may forget important information
which previously they would remember
such as appointments, conversations or
events that took place recently. The second
type affects thinking skills other than
memory and is called nonamnestic MCI.
These skills involve the ability to make
sound decisions, to judge the timing and
sequence of events and to complete a task,
or visual perception.
There are several studies which have been
done recently which provide interesting data
on how physical activity can be a strategy to
prevent the onset of cognitive impairment
and dementia.
The current guidelines from Canada's public
agency recommend 150 minutes per week
of moderate to vigorous activity. Statistics
Canada measured results of Canadian adults
who exercise and found 85% were not
meeting the recommendation.
In one study performed at the University of
British Columbia by EXCEL (exercise for
cognitive everyday living) the study
compared the effects of twice weekly
resistance training or weight training, versus
aerobic training twice weekly and balance
and tone on cognitive function in women 70
to 80 with probable MCI in a 6 month
randomized controlled study. Compared
with the balance and tone group, the
resistance training group significantly
improved their performance on the stroop
test (which measures selective attention,
conflict resolution and memory task). It
also showed functional changes in three
brain regions involved in memory. In
contrast, the aerobic group did not show
similar improvements. The study results
show that there is a critical window to
intervene against dementia. The twice
weekly resistance training group showed the
most promising strategy to alter the
trajectory of cognitive decline in older
The study did reveal however that aerobic
training improved performance on a
different memory task called the Ray
Auditory Visual Learning test.
research will be needed in both areas. This
will come more into play especially with
aging baby boomers. The author of the
study Liu-Ambrose PHD PT said the study
also revealed that higher functioning older
adults were more likely to show cognitive
benefits from resistance training. These
results were based on another 12 month
study in Vancouver of 155 community
based women ageing 65 to 75 years old who
were randomly assigned to either resistance
training or balance and tone group.
Teresa Liu Ambrose, the study’s senior
author and an assistant professor of physical
therapy at the Vancouver Coastal Health
Research Institute and the University of
British Columbia, said strength training,
which may be easier than aerobic activity
such as walking, for some older adults,
requires people to think and learn new
exercises, which may be why it worked
better than walking did in this study.
Another study done by the Ontario Brain
Institute found that older adults who
exercise just 30 minutes a day are nearly
40% less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s
than those who did not exercise. This can
be accomplished with a few 10 minutes
segments a day. The study also found that
regular physical activity can help older
adults who have Alzheimer’s or other
dementias better manage their disease. The
study showed seniors with dementia who
exercised also had less depression and were
better able to take care of themselves in
daily living activities.
In a CTV interview given on March 8,
2013, David Harvey of the Alzheimer’s
Society of Ontario said studies found that
one in seven Alzheimer’s cases could be
prevented with more exercise. The study is
significant in that it proves for the first time
there are definitive results showing exercise
can improve and prevent Alzeheimer’s.
Even 30 minutes of moderate walking per
day can make a difference.
The researchers at the Ontario Brain
Institute pooled data of 871 research articles
on exercise and dementia conducted over
the past 50 years and narrowed it down to
the 45 best studies. The results were as
follows. Older adults who were physically
active had a 38 percent lower risk of
developing Alzheimer’s than those who
were the least physically active.
In 2011, around 747,000 Canadians over the
age of 65, or about 15% of the population
were living with some form of dementia.
This number is expected to triple in the next
40 years. The Alzheimer’s Society of
Canada says this could mean there will be
2.8 million dementia cases by 2050.
Current Alzheimer’s drugs offer only
temporary improvement in symptoms of the
Studies show even moderate amounts of
exercise might benefit the brain and may
offer a simple tool to stave off mental
decline in older adults as well as improve
physical functioning. It is the true antiaging regime that works.
For more information call: Dale Hammond
Older Adult Fitness Specialist: Personal
Trainer Specialist
Group Fitness Instructor: Classes given at
the Heritage Social Club every Tuesday and
Thursday morning
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Belated Birthdays:
Monique Lauzé Nov 19
former Olympic Skier (1969).
comt'd from p. 15
December 7 – meeting for parents of
children registered in 1st Communion
Happy Birthday to:
Brandon Green, Dec. 1
Janet Turner, Dec. 2
Cathy Rickert, Dec 10
Elaine V. Brown, Dec. 14
Carol Ratcliffe, Dec. 16
David R.A. Brown, Dec. 16
Doreen Draycott, Dec. 20
Orane Green, Dec. 22
Father Cyril MacNeil, Dec. 22
Zackary Green, Dec 14
Cheryl Smith, Dec. 25
Tess Moscato, Dec. 29
Frank Glover, Dec. 31
Rebecca Glover-Therrien, Dec. 31
Betty Hensen, Jan. 2
Machaela Mason, Jan. 4
Angelo Kennedy Marricco, Jan. 4
Wayne Davis, Jan. 4
Amory Benk, Jan. 5
Jean-Guy Levesque, Jan. 10
James Kennedy, Jan. 11
Geoff Bliss, Jan. 11
Pierrette (Pat) Rauzon, Jan. 14
Nancy Tibbins, Jan. 22
Mathias Benk, Jan. 24
Memorials :
Anne Maye
Jacques “Bo" Legault
Gladys Sundborg,
Cathy McCann
Sonny Gleeson,
Ellen Ray McAllister
George Clarkson
John Defosses,
Donald B. Cooper
Eddy Ewenson
Norma Painter
December 14 - meeting for parents of
children registered in Confirmation
January 12 - meeting for parents and
children in level 1 (10:45 to 12:15)
January 18 - meeting for parents of
children registered in 1st Communion
January 19 – meeting for parents and
children in level 2 (10:45 to 12:15)
January 25 - meeting for parents of
children registered in Confirmation
January 26 – meeting for parents and
children in level 4 (10:45 to 12:15)
Confirmation studies begin the week
of January 6 for classes D, E and F
First Communion studies begin the
week of January 13 for classes A and B
(For specific dates and times please refer to our website calendar)
Parish Bazaar We are holding our
annual parish bazaar December 8 at the
Rosemere Community Center, 202
Grande Cote 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us
for a bowl of soup, cup of tea/coffee or
a hotdog lunch! Children are invited to
shop for Christmas presents and have
them wrapped at our new gift-wrapping
booth (dads can have their shopping
wrapped here too!) Moms- have your
nails done, while the family shops, at
our new nail booth.
Christmas Mass Schedule:
December 24 – 5 p.m. Family Mass
with Youth Choir and Trio
8 pm Late Mass with Adult Choir (Ste
Francoise Cabrini Church)
December/January 2014
December 25 – 10 a.m. Christmas
Morning Mass. (Parish Centre hall)
January 1 – 10 a.m. New Year’s Day
Mass (Parish Centre hall)
370 5th Ave, Deux Montagnes.
J0N 1P0
450 472 4105
Sunday service’s and Sunday school 11 am
The best gift based on the greatest need:
Alas, it is that time of year again when we
consider what we should give and to whom.
Christmas shopping is one of those necessary "evils", (I can't believe I just wrote
that). I guess in my case, I'm not getting
better with age, just crankier (c'est la
vie). One lesson on Christmas giving I've
learned over the years as it relates to gifts is
get them what they need, not what they
want, unless of course what they want is
what they need. Believe me, when I say I
have been on the receiving end of this gift
giving principle, when on one snowy
Christmas morn I received five pairs of
socks, one pair from each member of the
When I think about the gift of God and the
best gift based on the greatest need I am
reminded of this story (author unknown).
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator;
If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist;
If our greatest need had been money, God
would have sent us an economist;
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God
would have sent us an entertainer;
But our greatest need was forgiveness, so
God sent us a saviour.
"And she shall bring forth a Son, and you
are to give him the name Jesus, because He
will save his people from their
sins." (Matthew 1:21)
Enjoy a blessed Christmas.
This publication (Community Connections) is made possible by a grant from: Fonds Régional de
Promotion de l’accessibilité aux Services de Santé et Aux Services Sociaux en la Langue Anglaise (CRASLA)
and our proud sponsors.
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4 Korners financing
Cont'd from p 22
were originally receiving. Only 16% of
our budget comes from program funding.
Our budget is never the same as it is
never guaranteed. This year’s budget
was reduced by over $75,000 but we
still have the same expectations from
our funders to deliver on the grants we
have been successful on receiving.
Therefore, we were placed in a position
that forced us to change our business
model to better address the needs of the
4 Korners as a whole. I am confident
that these changes will enable us to ensure the strength and viability of the 4
Korners for years to come.
The other way we receive money is
through fundraising activities such as
golf tournaments and comedy nights,
but the greatest way we could ensure
the 4 Korners continues to flourish is by
increasing our membership. Membership is $25 and your annual membership fee allows 4 Korners to continue to
offer essential services to improve the
mental and physical health of people
throughout the Laurentians and ensure
that other programs and services are
made available in English.
As we are working to fulfill our mandate throughout the Laurentians, other
municipalities are also starting to commit to program funding. It gives me
great pleasure to let
you all know that
the MRC of Argentieul and City of
equally contributed
to the expansion of
the 4 Korners and
have expressed the
need to open satellite offices in their
area. This is great news for the 4
Korners as it strengthens our mandate
and solidifies our position as the true
voice and go to organization in assisting
with access to mental and health services for the entire English speaking
community in our mandated area.
AGM will take place on Jan. 21, 2014,
7:30 p.m. at Horizon Center (Lions
Den) 111- 13th Ave. Deux-Montagnes.
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