A clear and sunny day last Wednesday at the Dollard Des Ormeaux civic center, provided the backdrop to the West Island Community Shares 2013/14 kick off campaign. ”Welcome ladies and gentlemen to our 16th annual campaign! It is a pleasure seeing you all here today. We are fortunate to assist 35 community resources reaching 40 000 people right here in the West Island.” said WICS Executive director, Caroline Tison, in her Welcome speech to the more then 200 people in attendance. This number represented groups which are beneficiaries, who took part in a leisurely 2km walk in the streets of DDO
“The West Island Association of Intellectually handicapped has benefited since the inception of WICS. The main thing which is so appealing is they allow us to use funds as we see fit. The objective of WIAIH is to enhance the lives of people with an intellectual disability or autism, to provide support to their families, and to maintain and develop innovative services and sensitize the community.” Tracy Wrench, Recreation coordinator of WIAIH told the Suburban.
Light a Dream is another example of the support given by WICS. “We were welcomed into the WICS family 4 years ago and are now entering into our 5th year of support. Apart from our fundraising events, WICS is the only guaranteed source of income. Times are tough and you never know how successful a fundraiser will be so just knowing that we have the support from WICS is a Godsend. All of the support we receive from WICS and our fundraisers go directly towards operational cost, rent, utilities, and supplies. Every year it becomes more and more difficult to make ends meet which means the possibility of closing our doors.” said Director Diana Crawford.
VOBOC offers support to the more then 600 young adolescents with ages from 15 years to 39 years, which have been diagnosed with cancer, in the McGill Réseau. “WICS sustains our ability in offering our programs in the nine hospitals which we are present.” said Director/Founder, Doreen Edward.
WICS was created in 1997, by Russell Williams, MNA Nelligan Riding, Robert Vokey of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Alan Bootes, President of Pfizer Canada. The three developed the concept of creating a fundraising organization designed to assist community groups within a small geographic area, would be the first in Canada.
100% of funds raised go directly to the organizations through the help of corporate sponsors. 7.4 million has been distributed since 1998.
WICS fundraising goals for the 2013/14 campaign is to raise $1.1 million while adding two additional beneficiaries. To learn more about
West Island Community Shares:
www.communityshares.ca Tel :( 514) 695-8694
Tel: (514) 694-7090
Light a Dream
Tel: (514) 636-9966