• John Jantak

Chartwell Le Prescott residents raise money for VSPCR


Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon (left); VSPCR Fund Raising Event Coordinator Barbara Firth; Chartwell Le Prescott Retirement Living Consultant Diane Lachapelle; Chartwell Le Prescott Retirement Living Consultant Carole Ménard; Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols and Chartwell Le Prescott General Manager Stéphane Deslongchamps proudly stand with a cheque in the amount $3,876.85 – money that was collected by residents during a recent fundraising drive for the VSPCR.

A sense of community and a spirit of giving were just two of several factors that inspired the residents of the Chartwell Le Prescott retirement residence in Vaudreuil-Dorion to make a special donation from money raised during a recent fundraising campaign in the amount of $3,876.85 for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) in Hudson.

The cheque from Chartwell Le Prescott was presented to VSPCR Fundraising Event Coordinator Barbara Firth at a special dinner that was also attended by Vaudreuil provincial MNA Marie-Claude Nichols and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon last Thursday, January 30.

Firth was overwhelmed by the amount of money that was raised. “I’m very proud to be here. We’re very happy the residents at the Chartwell considered us in their fundraising drive. I’m very, very surprised. It’s such a great amount. I’m very grateful,” Firth told The Journal.

Honoured to have been invited

Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols said she was honoured to have been invited to the event. She has a long history of involvement with the palliative care residence which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

“It’s a privilege for me to be here especially for this announcement,” said Nichols. “The palliative care centre is a very important part of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges community. When I was mayor of Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot we worked very hard for the palliative care residence. It takes a lot of money to keep the residence operating. It’s very important to help them.”

‘Terrific amount of money’

Mayor Pilon expressed his appreciation for the fundraising efforts made by the residents at Chartwell Le Prescott and for their community support and spirit of giving.

“I’m very happy to be here,” said Pilon. “People want to help but sometimes they don’t know how to help. The people here created this event this year and raised a terrific amount of money. When you speak to the people they say it was just a little thing. But it’s something that will have a major impact.”

For Stéphane Deslongchamps, General Manager of Chartwell Le Prescott, the presence of both Mayor Pilon and Marie-Claude Nichols made the event that much more special. “Having them here for this special occasion is a plus and I’m proud of the money that the residents raised for the palliative care centre,” said Deslongchamps.

A cause that touches residents

Diane Lachapelle, a retirement living consultant at the residence, said this is the first time the residents of Chartwell Le Prescott held a fundraising drive to raise funds for the VSPCR. “Obviously it’s a cause that touches our clientele very deeply. This is the main reason we decided to do the fundraiser,” she said.

Lachapelle said more fund-raising initiatives for the centre will be planned in the future. “We want to do something on a yearly basis, so that whatever special event we do, we’ll try to raise money for the centre,” she added.

Extremely grateful for residents’ contribution

Retirement living consultant Carole Ménard shared her colleague’s sentiments. “We know people who have used the services and received excellent care from the centre. We believe it’s an excellent cause for the community here,” said Ménard.

“We’re extremely grateful to all our residents for giving their time and initiative,” Ménard added. “We want to do something on an ongoing basis throughout the year instead of just having it once a year. We did it more at Christmas time this year but next year I think we’re going to start it off with the cheque today and continue it throughout the year.”

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