• Nick Zacharias

A delicious way to support local families


Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon (front row) is flanked by Caisse Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges President Pauline Thauvette-Leroux (left) and Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols to announce the third annual Brunch en Famille at restaurant Olivia in aid of children in the region.

This past Monday, January 29, political figures Marie-Claude Nichols, MNA for Vaudreuil, and Guy Pilon, mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion, joined with local business leaders and dedicated organizers from La Maison de la Famille Vaudreuil-Soulanges to announce the arrival of the 3rd annual ‘Brunch en Famille,’ an event to raise funds to improve the lives of children and families in the region.

The brunch will take place at popular restaurant Olivia (980 Avenue St-Charles, Vaudreuil-Dorion) on Sunday, February 11. A highlight for kids (aged 5 and up) will be the chance to gear up in hairnets and venture beyond the kitchen door to make their own pizzas under the guidance of the chef and staff.

“It’s going to be an interactive and fun experience for the kids,” said Olivia’s proprietor Jonathan Auger, “I’m so happy to be partnering with Maison de la Famille for this event, because of all the important work they do.”

That work includes a large umbrella of services and activities for the betterment of local families, a mission to which they have been dedicated now for 30 years. Working closely with the CLSC, school commissions, the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC), Centraide and others, services they provide include free workshops for parents, free workshops and activities for young children to stimulate language, learning and development, homework help, day camps (for a fee), facilitating supervised visitations and more. Details can be found on their website: www.maisondelafamillevs.ca or you can check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maisondelafamillevs/.

“I’m proud to be associated with Maison de la Famille,” said Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon. He explained how the town in particular is focused on children and noted that with the changing faces of families (such as working and single parents, re-constituted families and busy lives in general) the services provided by Maison de la Famille are needed now more than ever. “I know what a difference they make in the lives of children and families,” he said, “and I am proud of their accomplishments.”

The upcoming brunch is to raise money to help them continue in their work for years to come. To that end, Pauline Thauvette-Leroux, president of Caisse Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, was happy to announce that Desjardins would donate $1,000 to the cause, and further that they would contribute an additional $5 in the name of every Desjardins member who purchases a ticket for the event.

Not to be outdone, Mayor Pilon piped up and committed that the municipality of Vaudreuil-Dorion would match (and thereby double) the contributions from Desjardins for up to $2,500. “Wait, what did I just say?” he joked.

For those who would like to attend, the brunch will have seatings at Olivia at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 11. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids aged 3-12 and $5 for toddlers aged 2 and under. To buy tickets contact info@mfvs.ca, or just call (450) 217-2177 ext. 1 or (450) 218-0561 ext. 1.

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