The NDG Community Council supports many residents initiatives with in-kind contributions or financiary when possible. The objectives of this support is to link those participants with existing resources and mobilise them to be an active part of our community.
The Council continues to incubate services and act as a fiduciary for others. This year, we worked on a policy to regulate our work as fiduciary. We acted as fiduciary for more that 10 organisations and initiatives.
An important part of our mandate is support for groups of local residents who want to make a difference in their community. This support can take the form of staff time, or use of the Council's space or other resources. If you are interested in starting your own NDG-based group, or if you belong to a group that you think could benefit from the support of the Council, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the amazing work of our Chinese Community Mobilizer; a Chinese senior group has formed in NDG! They seek new knowledge with different workshops around housing or French language skills. As an ethnic group, they feel heard in the community and often support the council in other activities.
The decorating of the Melrose Tunnel is a Saint-Raymond tradition that gains in popularity every year. Attendance for the resident-led painting and crafting of tunnel reached well over 75 people. This activity demonstrates how mobilized the sector has become over the years! Halloween Decorating of the Melrose Tunnel: A now-annual event bringing kids together to create Halloween decorations from recycled materials and decorate the Melrose Tunnel, transforming it into a haunted space. Partners – EcoQuatier, Cheap Art Collective, St. Raymond residents Association, Etoile-Filante primary school, Arrondissement CDN-NDG
Since September , a devoted volunteer helps seniors from persian community to hold a gathering every friday evening at the Council office. As a group, they were seeking a space where no one would impose their mandate on them; letting be free to do the activities of their choice. Ultimately, the group has grown in membership and it allows them to keep in touch.They are happy to have this space to play music, eat together and play games.
This group was created by a stay at home mom in need of peer support. They now are 7-10 mo-thers who meet weekly with their young children and do school preparation activities as well as educative games. This is an opportunity for both those children and mothers to socialize and share experiences.
The Annual NDG Community Christmas Dinner is in its 40-something-th year. The Diner still goes strong, and is a total volunteer effort entirely supported by hundreds of community citizens.
The 2017 Dinner served 999 meals--we received 65 turkeys by members of the “West End” community --all bought, cooked and delivered to St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church. While we’re at it, we sincerely thank St. Ignatius for its community spirit in allowing us to use their facilities without charge and a huge thank you to all the volunteers and donors.
We’ll be back in 2018 (on December 25, of course) and look forward to seeing everyone from the community.
The NDG Community Christmas Dinner Group
Following its successful debut in 2015, the Council was once again proud to be the fiduciary for the 3rd edition of the Porchfest music festival in May 2017. Held over 2 days with more than 100 musical performances spread across the neighbourhood, the festival brought thousands of people out as spectators, including many who came to NDG from other parts of Montreal, and raised 4500$ in donations for the Westhaven Music program. Porchfest has quickly become a staple of NDG’s cultural scene and the partnership between the Council and the Porchfest team is as strong as ever. We will continue in our supporting role for 2018 and beyond.