Walk right in: renovations to Family Centre ensure better, safer service

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

This kind of floor is highly resistant to spills as well as being non-slip, heat and water-resistant and very durable. The surface is also resistant to bacteria and germs making it much easier to clean and keep hygienic. 

The new floor at the Maison dramatically brightens up the Clothing Counter.

​Executive Director of the Maison Catherine Beaudet is delighted by the improvement. "The previous floor surfaces were mismatched and old," she explained. "We needed a make-over to not only freshen up the place, but make it more suitable for the people who use the Maison. It's brighter and nicer and much better for families."

The book, video, DVD and housewares section at the Maison.

The Maison is also pleased to announce that the Clothing Counter is now open on Saturday, adding to the regular hours from Monday to Thursday.

"We really wanted the Counter open on a weekend for the people who can't get there on a weekday," said Beaudet. "The people that work, the people with families at school... Plus, when people come and shop with us, they get to know the other services we offer. [There are] a lot of our other programs we could be open to having on a Saturday."

The children's clothes and toy section of the Maison is always well stocked.

Beaudet gives the example of the back-to-school service, which has been difficult for some parents to access in the past due to their work hours. Income tax services are also now offered on more days of the week. Likewise, emergency access to the food bank is now more flexible with the Saturday hours.

"We can better improve many of our services to the community by being open on Saturday," she said.

Executive director Catherine Beaudet (left) with Pontiac community gym project manager Rachelle Dinelle.

Another good news story from the Maison de la Famille Quyon is the imminent creation of a local fitness center, the Pontiac Community Gym Center (Centre de Conditionnement Physique Communautaire de Pontiac). "It's still coming, it's a big project," said Beaudet. "We wanted to secure all of the funding for the equipment before we opened so everything is complete and ready to go."

Project manager Rachelle Dinelle was delighted to receive 15 submissions for the gym logo, which has been finalized by a volunteer graphic designer and can be seen on their Facebook page. Dinelle was hired as project manager to help create the gym and will stay on in the role of coordinator to ensure continuity.

"The Facebook page for the gym gained 100 'likes' within 24 hours of being launched," she said. "This is important for us, to be able to show sponsors of the project that there is community support. The gym committee is planning a fundraiser in the next few months but this goes beyond finding funds. This kind of support also shows people are willing to pitch in and help. There is the feeling this is "our" gym."

"We are interested to see the long-term impact of the gym on the town," Dinelle continued. "We are reaching out to all ages and we are excited at the response. This encourages better community interaction. We already have several people volunteering to help clean and set up the site and also to be helpers and coaches in the gym."

The committee intends to install a large screen TV in the gym so members can play an exercise DVD to help create or support new exercise classes, such as Pilates or yoga. 

"We hope to create a feeling of empowerment, to help people feel they can try something new," said Dinelle. "We want to keep people motivated to keep coming back. It is going to be the same sensation as at the Maison; [knowing that] that people from across the community are involved and friendly and willing to help."

"I get goosebumps just thinking about it," added Beaudet.

The future site of the Pontiac Community Gym Centre, 1099 Clarendon Street, opposite the United Church and the Post Office in Quyon.

The Maison de la Famille/Quyon Family Centre is at 1074 Clarendon Street, Quyon.

Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac

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Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac

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Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :

https://surveys.mcgill.ca/ls/793997

Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel (dalal.hanna@mail.mcgill.ca). Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (elena.bennett@mcgill.ca).

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville

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Thomas Soulière


Pontiac2020.ca reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene
 

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac

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Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour

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Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.

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