ECOL is here to offer the English-speaking community of Lanaudière the following services:
- Information and documentation
- Accompaniment and support;
- Community animation.
Check out the information on our structured programs as well!
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Network and Partnership Initiative (NPI)
NPI is a program that supports the capacity of Quebec’s English-speaking communities to ensure their vitality through cooperation and partnership with the health and social services system. The objective is to support Quebec’s minority English-speaking communities in improving and maintaining access to the full range of Health and Social Services. ECOL is the 20th and the newest NPI in Quebec.
Our participation in the NPI initiative allows us to network with different organizations, establishments and roundtables. Through this networking, we are able to present the needs of the English-speaking community and also become aware of activities and services that may be of value to the community. We help our French-speaking counterparts promote and serve the English-speaking community and may also adapt existing programs for delivery in English.
Health Promotion Project (HPP)
The Health Promotion Project aims to improve access to activities and programs promoting health and disease prevention, by reinforcing the community sector working with the health and social services centres and public health programs. ECOL has used this funding for different measures, such as the translation of home care resource guide and development of a workshop on choosing one’s residence as one ages as well as many of our initiatives geared towards youth.
Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project
The McGill “Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project” contributes to Quebec’s initiatives aimed at ensuring English-speaking Quebecers have access to the full range of health and social services in their own language. Its specific objectives are to provide training and retention initiatives so that health and social services professionals have opportunities to improve their ability to provide services in English and to practice where they can meet the needs of the English-speaking population of Quebec.
A bursary allocation is also available for bilingual students pursuing full-time studies in the area of health and social services in a government recognized educational institution. Students who are awarded bursaries must commit to staying in a selected Quebec region following the successful completion of their studies to work for a minimum of one year in a public health and social services institution or related organization.
ECOL is pleased to announce that we have been approved for funding over the next three years to implement certain activities related to these objectives. Interested in future studies in the health and social services field? Contact us for information on the available bursaries and programs geared to our future professionals. We invite you to click here for more information and resources on the Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project.
ECOL organizes weekly activities targeted to seniors through its “Wellness Centre”, which is open in Rawdon on Tuesday mornings from 9:00-12:00. All are welcome to drop in to consult our documents, chat with our program facilitator, request information or accompaniment, or simply make some new friends. A different structured activity is offered every week and may include: exercise, line-dancing, crafts, conferences, workshops…and more! The activities are generally offered free of charge and without registration. For certain, punctual activities, we may ask you to confirm your presence and/or offer an inexpensive voluntary contribution.
- Training for kindergarten teachers from Rawdon and Joliette Elementary Schools, in the context of the Fun Friends program, which has been developed to reduce anxiety and increase social skills of young children;
- Conference on structure and discipline, delivered to parents and school staff of Rawdon Elementary School;
- Purchase of new books for families participating in the Story-time Evening at Rawdon Elementary School;
- Cooking workshops between seniors and students through the Culinary Traditions program.
Through the Culinary Traditions program, we have published a cookbook that is presently available at $6 a copy, or $5 if you buy more than one. You can order your copy (or copies) here by filling out the Culinary Traditions Cookbook Order Form. Your purchase will be handled through PayPal. An additional $3 will be charged for shipping and handling.