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Vaudreuil-Dorion seeks $100,000 in donations for Maison de la Famille


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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon spoke about the positive impact the Maison de la Famille has had on the lives of parents and children over the past 30 years during an interview at his city hall office Friday, June 22.

Mayor Guy Pilon is calling on citizens throughout the region to consider making donations to help the Maison de la Famille Vaudreuil-Soulanges find a location in Vaudreuil-Dorion so that it can offer a new point-of-service in the area.

Named as honourary president to mark the organization’s 30th anniversary, Pilon said the aim of the fundraising campaign is to have a new location to provide easier accessibility to residents who live in Vaudreuil-Dorion, St. Lazare, and Île-Perrot which have a combined population of about 100,000 residents.

Pilon spoke about the positive impact the Maison de la Famille has had on the lives of parents and children during an informal meeting at his city hall office last Friday, June 22.

Helping families with children

“I call on businesses and people in our region to financially support the Maison de la Famille. It is important for this organization to have a place in Vaudreuil-Dorion. I would like to acknowledge the determination and dedication of the board of directors. For 30 years, this organization has helped our families and our children so that they can grow up within a serene family environment,” said Pilon.

Founded in 1988, the Maison de la Famille is a community organization which works to promote the wellbeing of families to ensure the optimal development of children throughout the region. It is currently located in St. Zotique.

It’s a place where mothers and fathers can bring their children to a kind of neutral location so they can learn about child rearing and the important role both parents play in the children’s physical, psychological and emotional development.

Shared responsibility

The Maison de la Famille also deals with couples who may be separated because of a court order and are trying to find a common ground where both parents can assume their shared responsibility for their children, said Pilon.

“If a parent has a court order to stay away from their house or family for a while and before they can officially go back to the home, they will have to go to the Maison de la Famille or a similar place where they will be assessed while they are with their children to show they can take care of their kids,” said Pilon.

Emotional support

Another resource available for parents who may feel isolated and overwhelmed with their child rearing responsibilities are group sessions where they can meet with other parents and discusses any difficulties they may have.

“They may feel alone and didn’t know how to react. It’s a place to give opportunities to young mothers and fathers where they can sit, talk and have some resources. They have equipped fathers and mothers with the necessary tools so that they can flourish in their role of parent,” said Pilon.

Providing assistance

As a region with a lot of young families, the Maison de la Famille has helped provide the necessary assistance to people in need since it first opened its doors 30 years ago.

“Our municipal council supports this approach. We will also soon announce a substantial contribution,” said Pilon. “I invite our merchants, entrepreneurs and citizens to be generous. It's a gesture that will have a positive impact for the next 30 years.”

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