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Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor dispels negative rumours about new Maison de la Famille centre


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It was standing room only during a public information meeting at Vaudreuil-Dorion City Hall on Monday, September 17 as Mayor Guy Pilon and representatives from the planned Maison de la Famille disputed claims made by a resident about the centre.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon and two representatives of a new Maison de la Famille planned for the city sought to correct misinformation being spread about the centre’s clientele and its purpose in the community after a resident complained he doesn’t want the centre operating in his backyard.

The citizen’s concerns were raised during a public information meeting where details of four new urban development projects where presented before the start of the regular council session at city hall on Monday, September 17.

Negative rumours quashed

More than 30 people crowded into the small council chamber to ask questions about the scope of the projects including one man who was concerned about the possible negative effects the new Maison de la Famille would have within his neighbourhood.

Diane Lyonnais, President of the Maison de la Famille administrative council, Treasurer Patricia Kelly and Mayor Pilon quickly quashed the negative rumours and addressed the misconceptions that were expressed publicly.

The resident said he was concerned the centre, which will be located in a house that is currently unoccupied on 15 Louise-Josephte Street, is one block away from a pub and would attract undesirable people. He’s also worried about the type of clientele the centre would bring in, said Kelly.

False information

Mayor Pilon said other concerns included how a possible increase in traffic could occur because the centre will be zoned as a commercial building. Pilon said this information was also false.

“The Maison de la Famille wants to buy a house to accommodate some young families and children on a very small scale, no more than one family at a time. Even when we told him it’s not zoned commercial, it’s residential he decided to go door-to-door to say false things,” Pilon told The Journal.

“I can’t understand someone who is saying I don’t want it in my backyard. This gentleman and his wife refused to go and talk to the people at Maison de la Famille to understand the project. He is just against it. We’ll see how it goes. We don’t have any intention to stop the project, that’s for sure,” added Pilon.

Promoting wellbeing of families

The new centre will be an offshoot of Maison de la Famille Vaudreuil-Soulanges that has been operating in Saint-Zotique since 1988. It’s a community organization that works to promote the wellbeing of families to ensure the optimal development of children throughout the region.

Because of its location, many nearby residents in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Saint-Lazare and the municipalities on Île-Perrot can’t easily travel the roughly 30 kilometres to Saint-Zotique. The services provided at its current temporary location aren’t enough to address the needs of the more than 100,000 people who live in and around Vaudreuil-Dorion, said Lyonnais.

“This location is ideal. We’re just one block away from the regional museum, next to a little park and close to the library. It’s the best place for us. There are a lot of bus stops and bicycle paths too.”

Fundraising event

The Maison de la Famille has developed a positive reputation as a place where mothers and fathers can bring their children to a neutral location so they can learn about child-rearing and the important role both parents play in their children’s physical, psychological, and emotional development.

Pilon was made honourary president to mark the organization’s 30th anniversary. A special fundraising event will be held Saturday, October 20, to raise money for the new Vaudreuil-Dorion location. For more information, visit the Centre de la Famille website at www.maisondelafamillevs.ca.

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