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Find out about great ways to share your voice and strengthen community ties too

If this pandemic has shown us anything, it is just how very precious human connections are. Cherished family bonds, helpful, supportive neighbours, caring friends and the strength of community have helped us all stay afloat in these trying times. COVID-19 has provided us with new ways to stay connected and lots …

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WE Volunteer

Updates and announcements for volunteering this Fall

September is already upon us and it’s time to share what’s up for volunteers of the Wellness Centre this fall. Gatherings indoors remain restricted, so our doors at 1270 chemin Sainte-Foy remain closed. But don’t fret! We have plenty of virtual workshops and activities up and running for families with …

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Caregivers' Circle

Unchartered waters ahead …

As summer fades into autumn, we all share reservations about what lies ahead. One thing is certain, however, this pandemic has taught us to value human connections more deeply. We want to nurture those links in the safest ways possible in the coming months. The community Wellness Centre understands these …

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Family Matters

School Readiness: A top parental concern in these unusual times 

School readiness starts long before your child sets foot in kindergarten. Learning begins at birth. Before your child turns three they have already begun laying the foundation for lifelong learning and success. Making the most of early learning moments can be the difference between a shaky beginning and a strong …

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Caregivers' Circle

Processing grief in these unusual times

Many of our readers have lost a loved one during this pandemic period. It is a hard time to be grieving. Funerals and memorial services  had to be delayed. Public health regulations and travel restrictions often prevented family members from grieving together or even being able to see their loved …

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Family Matters

Pop-Up Pages: A community collaboration to help prepare our children for school 

Way back before COVID-19 became a household word, various community partners around the city began working on an application with the Instance Régionale de Concertation de la Capitale-Nationale (IRC-CN) to secure funding for a project to support perseverance and educational success for English-speaking toddlers, preschool and elementary school children in …

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Family Matters

Discover fun parks, pools and splashpads this summer! 

Every summer until this one the community Wellness Centre has overseen a very popular volunteer-powered program called Park Playdates (PPD). Parent volunteers take turns hosting informal get togethers in parks around our beautiful city. This year, due to public health directives, we sadly had to put this program on hold. …

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Caregivers' Circle

Financial Support for Canadian Seniors during the Pandemic

The Government of Canada announced recently that seniors will receive one-time tax-free payments. $300 is provided for Old Age Security An additional $200 will be paid to Guaranteed Income Supplement $500 more will be provided to the recipients of the Spouse’s Allowance or the Allowance for the Survivor. No need …

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Caregivers' Circle

Staying Committed to Stopping the Virus

Dear Caregivers, St-Jean wasn’t celebrated with the usual festivity and I expect Canada Day won’t be either. Despite the new “not-so-normal” that we’re still learning to navigate, we’re finding ways to experience happiness and show we care everyday. Public health authorities are continuing to warn us we still need to …

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Caregivers' Circle

Celebrating family ties that bind hearts together

Dear Caregivers, If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is the deep lasting value of enduring family ties. Not being able to see or hug family members in other households for ten weeks has felt like an eternity to many, especially for those with loved ones in long-term care …

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