• Mireille Lemelin

Happening 2016

PHOTO BY STÉPHANIE DUCLOS

The elegantly attired guests at the Happenings Gala include these ‘Magnificent Seven’ (left to right) Chantal Doucet, co-owner of Pharand Autos and Trucks, Terry Girouard of The Jewel 107.7FM in Hawkesbury, VSPRC nurse Lucie Grenier, VSPCR Executive Director Julie-Anne Lambert, occupational therapy student Camille Dubé, St James' Church Choir and Greenwood Singers member Glenna Vipond, and Josée Bruyère, co-owner of Sanivac, Île Perrot.

They did it again! In the sumptuous decor of Pavilion Château Vaudreuil, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Happening 2016 held Saturday, January 30, was a resounding success. Over 400, guests welcomed with champagne cocktails, happily wandered around the silent auction tables filled with fabulous donations.

Among tantalizing offers were prime-location hockey tickets, gorgeous jewel sets, as well as a dinner and overnight stay at a high class retreat. A refined five-course meal was followed by a delightful hour-long performance by the incredible Elvis Presley impersonator, Martin Fontaine, who electrified the audience, giving an irrepressible urge for some diners to crowd the dance floor in droves. The fundraising event again surpassed the projected goal, with an astounding amount of $269,693 raised for this most worthy cause.

Now in its 6th year of excellence, the VSPCR has to date welcomed over 750 patients in its 12 sunny rooms, coming from 23 municipalities in MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the youngest being 27 years old and the oldest 100. The strong and dedicated team, under the director of care, Jackie Cyr, comprises six doctors, 40 full-time and part-time employees, and 250 volunteer contributors, dispensing comfort and attentive care in a beautiful, calm and serene environment to loved ones, allowing their ultimate moment to pass in peace and dignity.

The iconic personalities of Sylvie Crevier and Richard Mainville, who helped build the Palliative Care Residence project from the ground up and brought it to this tremendous success, have taken their farewell to undertake new responsibilities within the local community.

Spearheading the new team is executive director, Julie-Anne Lambert, who together with her new fundraising director, Yannick Gosselin, already has innovative plans for some flagship events such as the Spring Annual Fundraising Walk and their Golf tournament in May.

“I have worked closely with Sylvie and Richard since 2013, and learned from their inspirational journey and experiences,” said Lambert. “Our task now is to establish a well-balanced measure of continuity and some degree of change. We also noticed a substantial increase of young people among our guests this year. It warms our hearts.”

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