Our 30 Years of History – Highlights
In 1985, the CLSC Samuel-de-Champlain mandated Ms. Paule Jetté, the community organizer, to set up resources to help families who had a loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease.
It was the beginning of a great story. Here are some of its highlights
From 1986 to 1991: Three Women at WorkIn 1986, Ms. Gilberte Dubé, nurse and family support group host at the Alzheimer's Society of Montreal, joins Paule Jetté. Ms. Dubé will become the founder of the Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud.
Ms. Margo Zéron, nurse, joins the team and will raise funds with the Lionesses of Saint-Lambert to obtain a charter. The Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud uses premises located in Saint-Lambert offered by the Volunteer Center Rive-Sud.
1993: Difficult Beginnings
In 1993, the organization's balance sheet showed a cash flow of $5,059 and all the workers were volunteers. Mr. Jean Sannajut, a great volunteer and donor, purchases a photocopier, pays postage, stationery, advertising and even rent for 3 years. He will work as a volunteer with the Society until 2009, the year of his passing.
1999: From Saint-Lambert to Longueuil
In 1999, the Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud moves into the monastery of the Congrégation des Servantes de Jésus-Marie, at 1160 Nobert boulevard in Longueuil and acquires it the same year.
2000: The Very First Annual Ball
To this day, if the Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud's annual ball enjoys such notoriety, it is in large part thanks to Mr. Mario Boivin who was involved from the start as our patron of honour. Mr. Boivin, passionate and dedicated, has a rallying effect. He will have contributed to collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars to better accomplish our mission.
2003: The Maison au Campanile
Construction of the Maison au Campanile began in 2003 thanks to the financial participation of several partners including the Société d'habitation du Québec, the Ministry of Public Affairs, Sports and Recreation, the City of Longueuil, the Longueuil Local Development Center, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Lajemmerais Development Center and the Agency for the Development of Local Health and Social Services Networks.
2004: Opening of the Blue and Yellow Homes
2005: Official inauguration of the Maison au Campanile
2006: New Spokesperson
Actor Michel Dumont becomes spokesperson. He will assume this role until 2016.
2007: The first Walk for Alzheimer's
2009: Opening of the Green Home
2010: Opening of the Day Center
2011: Opening of the Brossard service point
2012: Opening of the Sorel-Tracy service point
2013: Recognition of the Training Program
The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services recognizes the training program developed by the Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud.
The training program is offered in the 20 Alzheimer’s Societies across Quebec.
2017: New Spokesperson
Actress Myriam LeBlanc becomes spokesperson.
2018: New President of the Board of Directors
Luc Pinard gives way to Marie Boucher who becomes president of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Luc Pinard, president of the Board of Directors (1998 to 2018) and Ms. Marie Boucher, current president
2020: An Historical Year
- The Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud's annual ball celebrates its 20 years.
- Messrs. Luc Pinard and William Kovalchuk are welcomed into the Circle of Grand Ambassadors for their exceptional contribution and commitment to the Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud.
Marie Boucher (president of the Board of Directors), Luc Pinard, William Kovalchuk and Myriam LeBlanc (spokesperson)
- The Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud copes with the global COVID-19 pandemic and the Maison au Campanile spares the health and lives of its 22 residents. The Society adapts and maintains its services for its vulnerable residents while applying strict health measures.
- Thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Grace Dart Foundation, the At Home Respite Program acquires a games library to better equip the caregivers in their cognitive stimulation approach.
2021: The Alzheimer's Society Rive-Sud's 30th anniversary