KIZMET Campaign Launch

On February 27 2015, the project to build a family centre in Sainte-Geneviève was launched and the initiative entered a new phase.
Many community leaders and politicians joined us to hear of the plans and to applaud this initiative that will not only help those with developmental issues, but also all interested families in the West Island. Programs and resources will be aimed at enhancing the well-being of children under 6 and their parents to encourage healthy development and positive parenting practices - the same approach that has served WIAIH well since 1958.

Site Dedication & BBQ

The future site of the KIZMET Centre, a young-child-parent centre, was dedicated at a barbecue that took place on Friday June 19 2015. As well, the occasion was used to recognize donors who have contributed to the construction of the Centre.
The coals were hot, the guests were mingling, kids were splashing in the pool, all under a bright sun and blue sky. What could make this event even more perfect? The arrival of Mayor Denis Coderre, of course.
The many community leaders who were present, organizers and guests alike were thrilled to have the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre come to the West Island to participate in the official unveiling and to thank the donors. His colleagues, the Mayor of L’Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviéve, Normand Marinacci, and Mayor Jim Beis of Pierrefonds-Roxboro as well as city and borough councillors were also present to show their support for this innovative project. In his brief address, Mayor Coderre underlined that we should offer the best start possible to our children and that the community must work together to start them on the right path in life.
Francis Scarpaleggia, MP for Lac-St-Louis, said "If we're going to have a strong community it's more than words, it means having places for people to come together, to support each other, meet and share ideas.” Borough Councillor for Sainte-Geneviève and newly-minted member of Team Coderre, Éric Dugas, supports the KIZMET Centre because in Sainte-Geneviève, one in four families live under the poverty line. “When politicians and community get together, we can do amazing things,” said Mr. Dugas.

"5 à huîtres" Cocktail

Oysters, martinis, hors d’oeuvres and wine were the excuse - KIZMET was the cause. A special fund-raising event was held at La Maison Verte Restaurant on October 26 2015. One hundred people gathered to enjoy the occasion and show their support for the new KIZMET Centre to be built by WIAIH in 2017.
Marc Bardier, Guinness World Record Holder for oyster shucking served up delicious oysters while Jeremy Lacombe, mixologist, prepared 4 special KIZMET martinis to the gathered guests. Sylvain Vaillancourt and his team presented specially chosen wines to pair with the fabulous food.
A very special thanks also goes to those who came out in support of our project including newly elected MPs Francis Scarpaleggia and Frank Baylis, Martin Coiteux the MNA for Nelligan, representatives of MNA Carlos J. Leitão of Robert-Baldwin, Christian Larocque and Stéphane Coté from Île-Bizard-Sainte Geneviève, Joan Gauthier, Director of the Office of the Mayor of Pierrefonds represented the Mayor Jim Beis, and Éric Dugas, Councillor of Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève read a personal message from the Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre. As always, we were thrilled to see good friends Yolande James, Clifford Lincoln and Bill Tierney.