Mobilization: A large part of our work is to empower NDG residents to become active participants in building a better community. The Council works together with residents to break down social isolation and improve access to resources. We have a large scope of outreach initiatives aimed at gathering residents and promoting events and services in the neighborhood.

Halloween in NDG
Halloween holds a special place in the heart of the NDG community, as it brings residents of all ages together for a night of creative expression, neighborly camaraderie, and spooky fun. It fosters a sense of unity and belonging as neighbors join forces to transform their streets into enchanting, eerie realms, creating lasting memories for young and old alike.
December Together in NDG
"December Together" aims to break isolation during the end of year holiday period, but also to mobilize residents and partners together to develop a sense of community and solidarity. One objective of this innovative program includes ensuring hundreds of our most vulnerable residents receive the delivery of a holiday meal - a particular need when the closure of most food services and the suspension of food-related activities (group meals, Christmas meals, etc.) are in place. "Together" we strive to support the local economic sector, which has been hard hit by the pandemic. Thus, this project aims to support and build a partnership with local businesses in NDG.
Since 2009, the NDG Intercultural Table, co-coordinated by Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and the NDG Community Council, organises the NDG Intercultural Festival at the end of each summer. The NDG Intercultural Festival brings the entire community together to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of NDG.
 NDG Reads
NDG Reads is a literacy debate designed to highlight social issues through the joy of literature. Our target is residents whose stories are being told.
The Council created a unique program to collect formal gowns, accessories and suits for a ‘prom dress giveaway’, with the global objective of making high-school and college prom season less expensive and wasteful for local youth and their families.
Winter 101 Festival in NDG

Winter 101

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Winter 101 was organised in collaboration with Jeunesse Benny to help NDG families discover fun winter activities. On a gorgeous February day, with the sun shining, 75 families braved the cold and came to enjoy cross-country skiing and skating. Thanks to the support of our MNA Mrs Kathleen Weil, all of the kids in attendance received hats and mittens. An inflatable castle, music and dancing, arts and crafts, and a soup and hot chocolate snack, completed this family activity day.

Lunar New Year

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For the 4th consecutive year, the Community Council was proud to organize the Lunar New Year celebrations in NDG. Central to the success of the event since its inception has been the creative leadership of Jing Bai, the Council’s liaison with NDG’s growing Chinese community, as well as the contributions of a small army of committed resident volunteers from NDG’s Chinese and Korean communities. For 2019, the Year of the Pig, the Council undertook a new approach - moving away from a 1-day festival (like those in 2016-2018) and instead spreading the Lunar New Year activities over a two weeks period across multiple locations throughout the neighbourhood. In total, there were 11 events between January 20th and February 10th, reaching over 500 residents (see list in Annex 3). We were very happy with the results of this approach, as it allowed us to reach new partners and new residents
Neighborhood Parties in NDG

Neighborhood Parties

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Each year, the Council and our partners work together to host neighbourhood festivals in the priority sectors. Residents and community partners come together to organise and enjoy free, socially-inclusive, fun events in sectors that otherwise lack community animation and engagement from residents. These events allow neighbours to meet each other, community bonds to be formed, and the most socially isolated to have a chance to feel included. In 2018, all four priority sectors held their own event: the St Raymond’s Harvest Festival, the Benny Farm Sherbrooke Forest Community BBQ, the Westhaven Neighbourhood Party, and the Fête du Quartier Fielding Walkley. A total of 362 of residents were reached throughout these events.


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Centraide is kicking off its annual campaign on October, when 20,000 people will take to the streets of downtown Montreal for Centraide’s traditional March of 1,000 Umbrellas. Join the crowd to show your commitment to the fight against poverty and social exclusion.
Parking Day in NDG

Park(ing) Day

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Park(ing) Day is an international event designed to celebrate everyday choices for sustainable mobility and to advocate for favorable urban amenities by taking over a parking spot. Saint-Raymond, Benny and Walkley held their own eclectic version of parking day from coffee shops to hot dog stands to art and craft stations to a game of dominos! All gatherings were reflective of what residents wanted to see more of in the neighborhood. All three parking spots received a total of 150 residents in the area.
Jane’s Walks - Promenades de Jane in NDG

Jane’s Walks

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Inspired by the writings of urbanist and social icon Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks are part of an international annual festival of free, citizen -led neighbourhood tours. These tours are done by volunteers, held in early May, and encourage people to explore their local neighbourhoods while sharing stories and uncovering overlooked aspects of city life. This year, the Council worked in partnership with residents and Prevention CDN-NDG to organize Jane’s Walks in St-Raymond and Westhaven, reaching a total of 20 residents from across Montréal. Residents and Council staff also led a tour of Benny Farm-Sherbrooke Forest which ended at the new Hands and Hand space. Walkley had it’s own Jane’s walk which was a huge success with 30 residents participating.
Persian New Year Nowruz in NDG

Persian New Year

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Les nouveaux arrivants de la communauté iranienne de notre-dame-de-grâce vous invitent à découvrir et célébrer le nouvel an perse!

Community Yard Sales in NDG

Community Yard Sales

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Yard sales are an opportunity for residents to make extra revenue as well as meet their NDG neighbors and reinforce social networks. In 2018, we supported resident groups in the planning of the second Benny community yard sale and the first St-Raymond one. A total of 27 families participated in the yard sales.


WINTER School Holidays
Spring Break / Vacances de printemps

Cabane à Sucres NDG
Imagine Monkland
Arts Week goes to the Monkland Village for a 3-day weekend of festivities. Imagine Monkland transforms the Monkland Village with an out-of-this-world experience around monsters and mythical creatures. Local bands, circus acts, activities for kids and a giant street sale with the Imagine Market will welcome participants for a new edition of the Monkland Street Festival in the middle of summer.
Cinema NDG | À la belle étoile
NDG Arts Week Festival

Montreal’s Italian Week Festival in St.Raymond
Halloween in NDG
Community Christmas Dinner / Dîner de Noël communautaire




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