Frequently Asked Questions

What is the KIZMET Centre?
  • The KIZMET Centre will encourage healthy child development and positive parenting practices to all families with young children in Sainte-Geneviève, Pierrefonds West and the surrounding communities.
  • A place that will offer core programs to all families with young children, eg. Parent-child Drop-in, Family Support, Play-based Early Learning, and Reading Readiness.
  • New facilities will include a gymnasium, play rooms, a multipurpose room, meeting areas, a community kitchen and administrative offices.
  • Its mission will be to enhance child and family well-being by reducing the isolation of parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and will be convenient access point to other community services.
  • Further research and in-depth descriptions about similar Resource Centres and their successes can be found at www.frp.ca (Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs)
Who is behind this project?
  • A non-profit initiative started by WIAIH, a local charity, supported by local authorities in the fields of education and mental health, and encouraged by local community leaders.
What is WIAIH?
  • WIAIH is a community organization and registered charity providing services, support and leadership to those with an intellectual disability or autism and 58 years of working with young children and parents.
  • Responsibility for this project is assumed by WIAIH; the project is being quarterbacked by members of WIAIH’s Executive Committee.
  • The primary spokesperson for the KIZMET Centre is Natalie Chapman, Executive Director at WIAIH. (514) 694-7090 #211, or send an email
Where & when?
  • The KIZMET Centre will be an extension to WIAIH’s preschool in Sainte-Geneviève. The building and property are owned by WIAIH.
  • Construction will begin in March 2017.
  • The KIZMET Centre will begin serving the community in December 2017.
Most importantly: why?
  • Research shows that 70% of all mental health issues begin in early childhood and that outcomes may improve dramatically with early intervention.
  • There are NO community services available to families with young children in the area, yet… Sainte-Geneviève is a vulnerable region of the West Island with 1 in 4 families living under the poverty line.
  • Family resource programming is currently offered in thousands of communities across Canada and engages over 400,000 families every year.
  • Research suggests that $1 invested in children aged 0-6 will save $7 in public health care costs later.

Did You Know...

Did You Know?
  • 70% of all mental health issues begin in early childhood. Targeted intervention before the age of 6 can dramatically improve child outcomes.
  • Helping new parents develop positive parenting skills fosters healthier, happier family relationships.
  • Communities that offer proactive resources for all families with young children are stronger.
  • There are presently NO resources for young children and their parents on the West Island.

    All West Island families would benefit from these programs and services at the KIZMET Centre.

Economic factors in Canada
  • 1 in 4 children under age six live in difficult physical, social or emotional circumstances
  • Canada ranks 27th out of 29 countries in investment in early childhood.
  • In Canada, the lifetime economic cost of mental illness is $200 billion!
    • For every $1 invested in children under age six, $7 is saved in future costs because:
    • 84% less likely to receive social assistance
    • 50% higher graduation rates
    • 4 times more likely to be university graduates
    • 50% fewer teen pregnancies
    • 50% more likely to be fully employed
    • 33% fewer arrests for violent crime

    There is a 10% economic return on investing in early childhood.

Family resource centres (FRCs) in Canada
  • There are 400,000 families using services in thousands of FRCs across Canada.
  • FRCs are proven to enhance childhood development and improve children’s lifelong resilience.
  • FRCs generate vital family-to-family support networks and lasting friendships within the community.

    There are NO such family resource centres in the West Island.

Why build the KIZMET Centre in Sainte-Geneviève?
  • The site is conveniently located next to a bus line making it accessible to all West Island families:
    • 5 minutes from Fairview bus terminal; 45 minutes from Dorval bus terminal.
  • The land has been purchased; building plans are being finalized; construction will begin in 2017.
  • CLSC Pierrefonds has a greater number of vulnerable families on its territory than any other CLSC on the Island of Montreal.
  • The KIZMET Centre is adjacent to Pierrefonds Central/West and Dollard North, where demographics show that its residents are:
    • Over 50% families with young children at home
    • 40% single parent families
    • 15% families that earn less than $15K per year
    • 40% families that earn less than $30K per year
    • 35% children living under the poverty line
    • 30% immigrant families

    In 2015, it is estimated that 800 babies will be born in this area.

    All families need and deserve young child & parent support! The KIZMET Centre will help parents raise happy, productive children, teens and adults and will contribute to a strong, cohesive community.