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Spring 2021 Outdoor Fitness Classes

Join us for some safe outdoors exercise this spring! Starting in May we will be offering three outdoor fitness classes: - Running Group: Tuesdays at 6:15 pm from May 4 until June 8 ($31) - Outdoor Stroller Fit: Thursdays at 10 am from May 6 until June 3 ($25) - Fresh Air Fitness: Fridays at 9 am from May 7 until June 11 ($31) Pre-registration starts on April 20 at 9 am and open registration starts on April 21 at 9 am. Each class will have a maximum of 8 participants. Masks are not currently required by government health directives provided that a 2-metre distance from others is maintained at all times. Please note that wearing a ...

Happy Holidays!

The Centre will be closed from December 18th until January 4th. However, you can access our registration platform during this time to sign up in time for your courses. We wish you and your family a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable holiday.  We really look forward to coming all back together in the new year.

12 Days of Holiday Fun

Each day on Facebook, we will post a new opportunity to discover the wonderful and amazing parts of our lives. For those not on Facebook, we wanted to share with you what we will post each day. Day 1: There are many parks and green spaces around the West Island - send us a photo of your favourite place! Day 2: What's your favourite holiday treat? Send us a photo of what you most enjoy during this season. Day 3: What was your favourite winter activity when you were young? Snow angels, snowmen, discovering holiday lights in your neighbourhood? Share with a photo of you enjoying your favourite childhood winter experience! Day ...

Monday Playgroup

Come join us for our small free mother and child WIWC Playgroup with Iva on Mondays @10:30a.m. Register today to make sure that you get a place for you and your child - maximum 6 children will be in this playgroup.http://bit.ly/IvaPlay Mondays @10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30 (no group on Thanksgiving Monday) Each child will get a free art kit, generously donated to us by our friends at the African Canadian Development and Prevention Network-ACDPN! Each family must follow all Centre health and safety protocols. We will hold this activity outdoors, weather permitting. To learn ...

WIWC Update: October 6th

Dear West Island Women's Centre members, We have received new regulations from the Quebec government regarding in-person gatherings. As of today, all fitness and recreational in-person activities at the Centre will be paused until October 28th. All our online classes will continue as scheduled. A majority of our in-person classes at the Centre were developed with the possibility of potentially going online in the case of a required shutdown. Our team will be contacting all in-person class participants to explain how we will proceed going forward. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we adapt our programming during this period. ...

West Island Women’s Forum: Speakers

PAULA M. TOLEDO, Singer-songwriter, writer, speaker and mental health facilitator Paula M. Toledo is a Social Entrepreneur; singer-songwriter, writer, speaker and mental health facilitator using the power of wonder, play and art to promote mental well-being. She is a Canadian Mental Health Association Advisor for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and appears as a correspondent on GlobalTV News Montreal. She is Founder of The SocialWell Collective, a community that encourages in person ‘net-playing’; a form of truly connecting with each other face-to-face, as a means to support social bonding and well-being. She is a TEDx ...

West Island Women’s Forum: Speakers

VANESSA HERRICK, Communications and international development professional Vanessa is an award-winning journalist, communications and international development expert. Her background is in community engagement and has worked on development projects in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bolivia, Peru, and other countries.  Vanessa's expertise in content creation, story telling and working with vulnerable communities has led to projects that have empowered people to improve their quality of life.

West Island Women’s Forum: Speakers

SONALI KARNICK, CBC Montreal Radio One and TV host Known to the Quebec audience as the host of All in a Weekend on Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBC Radio One, she is also the host of the CBC-TV program Our Montreal. Karnick joined CBC in 2000, working in various roles in radio from researcher and traffic reporter to story producer for federal and provincial elections. In 2005, she took on the role of sports reporter on Daybreak. She built a solid reputation in radio and television sports, reporting both locally and nationally on professional and amateur sports, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Women's World Cup of Soccer in Germany ...

Social Engagement: How to use the power of play for resilience and recovery

3-4 p.m. Session Are you looking for ways to become more present and energized in your life through building personal connections? Is it getting more difficult to find ways to connect with people in your own community? This session will explore the power of in-person and face-to-face connections to build resilience, reduce social isolation, and improve mental well-being. Presenter: Paula M. Toledo Paula M. Toledo is a Social Entrepreneur; singer-songwriter, writer, speaker and mental health facilitator using the power of wonder, play and art to promote mental well-being. She is a Canadian Mental Health Association Advisor for Psychological ...

Supporting women in the West Island: Services that strengthen our community

Are you interested in learning more about services that support women in the West Island? Do you want to learn about how you can be more engaged in our community and further strengthen causes that support women? Discover how West Island organizations are improving the quality of life for women across our community. 2-3 p.m. Session

Finding the strength to continue being strong: Caregivers of children with challenging needs

3-4 p.m. Session Raising a child that has challenging needs can mean drawing upon a lot of personal strength and resources. This session will cover how to take care of yourself so that you can continue to be strong for your own child. Presenter: Lyne Charlebois A McGill University graduate, Lyne Charlebois has been working in early childhood with a disadvantaged population for over 15 years. She began her financial career at Laurentian Bank, where she remained for eight years, before devoting herself to educating her two young sons who were born with Tourette Syndrome. Treasurer and bookkeeper for a nursery school for many years, Lyne ...

Finding the support that you need as a caregiver for a senior

2-3 p.m. Session Are you looking after a senior family member or friend? Is it becoming harder to find ways to get support for yourself in a challenging situation? Whether you are providing emotional or physical support to someone in your life, this session will explore how you can find the support that you need and the resources available for caregivers. Presenter: Anne Mackay Anne Mackay is the medical transport coordinator for the N.D.G. Senior Citizens’ Council. She is also the NDGSCC representative for “One Voice” Community group, a group of ten different community organizations working collectively to share information to improve ...

Navigating the world of social media: How to build an online community

3-4 p.m. Session Whether you are using social media for fun or for your professional life, this session will cover how to become more engaged online with your community. This session is for anyone looking to discover how to promote your ideas, causes close to your heart, or your business online through the experience of a professional blogger and media personality. Presenter: Rhonda Massad It is with dedication, heart and boundless energy that master connector, Rhonda Massad can be seen all over the West Island, camera in tow, meeting new people, covering local events, highlighting people, businesses and charities. Rhonda always brings a ...

Protecting yourself online: Staying safe in a digital world

2-3 p.m. Session Are you curious about staying safe in our digital world and protecting your online security, privacy, and reputation? This interactive and informative workshop will explore these topics and more, helping you navigate your digital life and use technology responsibly. Presenter: Callayna Bajer Callayna Bajer was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and moved to Montreal in 2013 to study at Concordia University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Environment and Urban Studies. During her last year of university Callayna took an internship course which led her to TELUS, and began working at TELUS right away after ...

Going beyond your comfort zone: Tips and tricks to improve your business skills

3-4 p.m. Session What skill professionally would you like to learn or improve? Whether it be negotiating a raise, presenting your ideas, or navigating work relationships, this session will cover how to go outside your comfort zone at work. Presenter: Émilie Nollet Émilie Nollet is completing a Ph.D. in business administration HEC Montréal and a project management certification at Montreal chapter’s of PMI. She specializes in organisational development, corporate social responsibility and social inclusion through entrepreneurship. She’s a founder of ÉAU, a business in social innovation in the field of precision agriculture, which she ...