• John Jantak

Annual fundraising gala for VSPCRF


Another great turnout at the annual Happenings Gala fundraiser for the VSPCRF will help to ensure continued operations at its facility located in Hudson that serves the entire Vaudreuil-Soulanges region.

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) collected $468,525 in donations for its foundation at the 2019 Happening fundraising gala that was held at the Château-Vaudreuil last Saturday evening, January 26.

Several local political dignitaries were among the 400 guests at the gala including Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke, Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, Soulanges CAQ MNA Marilyne Picard, Saint-Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo, Vaudreuil-Dorion Councillors Paul Normand and Céline Chartier and Pincourt Councillor Claudine Girouard-Morel.

An honour and a privilege

Jocelyn Dame, President of Sanuvox Technologies, said he was proud to have been chosen as this year’s Honourary Gala President.

“The event should be record-setting” said Dame at the start of the evening. “We will have enough money to support the foundation. I’ve been participating in this event as a guest for the past five years. It’s an honour to be standing here tonight and a privilege to be Honourary President for the evening.”

The gala is one of several events held throughout the year by the foundation to raise much needed funds for palliative care services for patients and their families. For VSPCR Executive Director Jean François Thibert, his 13-month tenure to date has given him a greater appreciation for the care and compassion the residence extends to those who use their services.

‘Compassion and empathy’

“It’s really great. I learned a lot of things at the palliative care residence about life – compassion and empathy. It’s a pleasure and it’s a great honour to work here. Before this, I worked at a residence for seniors and that was great as well,” Thibert told The Journal.

“I like my work environment because every day we see beautiful moments and remarkable people. It’s true that the people who are living at the residence at the end of their life are happy. They are really comfortable in our house,” said Thibert.

“The first thing I noticed is that the staff and volunteers are really wonderful with the patients and their families. We don’t only take care of our patients – we also take care of families too. It’s really nice to see them together in our setting,” Thibert added.

Personal tribute

For Madeleine Langlois, Director of Marketing and Community Events for the VSPCR, working at the residence took on a special meaning when her father was recently admitted into the facility. Pierre Langlois was there from early December into Christmas and the New Year before he passed away about two weeks ago, she said.

“This is why we work so hard to do our events in order for the residence to be there for our loved ones and families who need it. The experience I’ve had with my father being there just amplifies my mission to the residence. I’m still very touched by it. The staff is incredible. They’re angels. The doctors, the nurses, everybody is with you every step of the way,” said Langlois.

‘My mission is amplified’

“I know he’s with us tonight. I feel such peace that I was able to share this last part of his life and journey with him when he took his last breath. He went so peacefully and that was his wish,” said Langlois.

“I fell in love with the residence when I went to the opening in 2010. They asked me to work freelance and then asked me to join the team to do marketing. I’ve been so passionate for its mission for so long, and having my father go through it, it makes what I’ve been doing worthwhile and now my mission is amplified,” Langlois added.

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