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Notre Dame de l’île Perrot unveils its family-friendly action plan


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NDIP Mayor Danie Deschênes introduces the municipality’s new family action plan during a special family brunch hosted by the town at Carrefour Notre Dame.

The town of Notre Dame de l’île Perrot (NDIP) officially unveiled its family action plan that is geared towards providing families living in the municipality with a slew of educational and recreational resources, and various activities geared towards improving the quality of life for its residents.

The action plan was presented last Saturday morning, May 18, by Mayor Danie Deschênes along with town Councillors Normand Pigeon and Daniel Lauzon standing by her side, during a special family brunch hosted by the town at Carrefour Notre Dame. “The idea for the action plan is to support families in whatever they need,” Deschênes told Your Local Journal.

Families matter

As a married mother and professional with two young children, Deschênes said it’s imperative that the town shows initiative towards families as a way to promote inclusiveness within the community and to ease the burden that many parents face in today’s fast paced world.

The scope of the policy is to make sure youngsters have places where they can meet with friends, to further enhance their development and educational skills, and to participate in a full range of various cultural, leisure and recreational activities.

“The family action plan is about supporting them in whatever they need,” said Deschênes. “As the mother of two active and curious boys, I take advantage of everything that our municipality has available for our children and I hope other families do the same. It’s a municipal initiative that will be supported by our city staff.”

Sunday daycare and tutorials

One specialized service that will be available to busy parents is a Sunday daycare that will be set up at École de la Samare where they will be able to drop off their children while freeing up time for the adults to do different things, said Deschênes.

Tutorial services will also be provided at the library on weekday afternoons after school for children who need additional assistance. “There will be a schedule where people can register or they can just attend if there’s a last-minute thing they need to work on,” said Deschênes.

A slew of other activities are planned throughout the summer at various sites including Parc des Éperviers. “We have a big summer this year. We’re planning to have activities every Thursday night like theatre and movies. We’ll be very busy keeping the kids and adults busy,” said Deschênes.

Water usage rate cap

The town will also cap its metered water usage rates for large families as a way to offset some of the financial burden they face. “Big families have a tendency to consume more water and to pay extra for it,” said Deschênes.

“This didn’t make sense to us because it’s a good thing to have big families in our community and we need to support that. So will be increasing the amount of water they can use so they don’t have to pay an extra bill every year which is currently the case,” said Deschênes.”

The 16-page family plan and list of activities planned for the community is available on the town’s website at www.ndip.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/PLAN_DACTIONS_FAMILLES_vF.pdf

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