August 2012 E-bulletin

August 2012

Welcome to this month’s COCo ebulletin!

As always, our August edition is abridged (community postings only) but rest assured, we’re gearing up for another action-packed fall and looking forward to continuing to build our groups, movements, and critical understandings of community organizing in Quebec with you!

Community Postings

If you have a community posting that you would like to submit to the next e-Bulletin, please email us 100 words or fewer by August 23rd.
  • 1. Coco: COCo launches “Commun-IT” pilot project
  • 2. Workshop: The Good Food Revolution: An Evening with Will Allen
  • 3. Workshop: Free workshops for Seniors on Online Government Services
  • 4. Conference: National Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Youth Action Gathering
  • 5. Conference: Sommet international de l’engagement jeunesse
  • 6. New Resource: Midnight Kitchen is Hiring five positions
  • 7. Job Offer: Office Manager
  • 8. Job Offer: Six job positions now open at The Transplantation Society
  • 9. Job Offer: Intervenant/e Social/e, Association multiethnique pour l’intégration des personnes handicapées
  • 10. Job Offer: Conseiller-ère en aménagement
  • 11. Volunteer Opportunity: Jobra solidarity coop Special AGM and call-out for board members
  • 12. Volunteer Opportunity: Survey on how immigrants adapt to life in Montreal
  • 13. Volunteer Opportunity: Call for board members, Centre for Literacy
  • 14. Other: YES Montreal presents its annual fundraising event: TUNE INTO YES6
  • 15. Other: Symposium: Healthy Aging, Mind & Body
1. Coco: COCo launches “Commun-IT” pilot project

Commun-IT ( is a pilot project by COCo to help community groups take advantage of Information and Communications Technology.

For years at COCo we have seen community groups struggling with websites, servers, social media communication strategies, basic office work stations, etc. – the list goes on and on. Now with Commun-IT we can finally provide some solutions and resources.

But we can’t do it on our own! We need you to spread the word to your networks about Commun-IT, give us feedback on the Beta version of the website, and follow Commun-IT on Facebook: and Twitter: @communITqc

2. Workshop: The Good Food Revolution: An Evening with Will Allen

If you have even the slightest interest in urban agriculture, the following event is for you! Will Allen is a leading figure in the ever growing urban agriculture movement and he’s coming to Montreal. Will Allen is the author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities (
When: Saturday, August 18th, 7-9pm
Where: Frank Dawson Adams Auditorium, McGill University
Cost: $5-15 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Tickets: available for purchase online or at the door
Pre-event: Join us in Santropol Roulant’s Edible Campus Garden for a meet-and-greet with Will Allen starting at 6:30pm…

3. Workshop: Free workshops for Seniors on Online Government Services

Advance Registration Required. With funding from the Government of Quebec, the Atwater Library is offering more free workshops for seniors on Online Government Services. Here are the next two times for the two-hour workshop:

Friday, August 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm – Fully Booked. Friday, September 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm – places left.

Workshop for Seniors on Online Government Services
Topics includes getting information on health services, housing, retirement income and rights.

Free admission but the number of places is limited and advance registration is required. To register, contact Eric Craven at 514-935-7344 ext. 207 or

4. Conference: National Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Youth Action Gathering

The very first National Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Youth Action Gathering will be happening in Montreal from 31 August to 2 September 2012 on the theme of “Engaging Newcomer Youth in Participatory Media for Social Change.”

Hosted by the Maison des jeunes de Côte-des-neiges, the Gathering will bring together about 80 refugee and im(migrant) youth (25 and under), youth workers and allies from across Canada to take part in action-oriented workshops on a variety of newcomer youth issues, including issues faced by LGBTQ youth and young women. It will be an important opportunity to connect with other passionate young people, share struggles and strategies, and increase the momentum that drives us to effect positive change in our communities. The Gathering is free and all meals will be provided! There will also be fun social activities in the evenings with good food, music, dancing and performances.

Due to limited funds, we can only accept about 80 participants, so hurry up! Learn more and APPLY at:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Hope to see you soon!

Cynthia Beaudry

For the YAG Local Organizing Committee


5. Conference: Sommet international de l’engagement jeunesse

Tu as entre 16 et 25 ans ? Tu t’intéresses aux sujets d’actualité et tu t’engages dans de grandes causes sociales ? Tu veux partager tes passions avec d’autres jeunes ? Tu as envie de passer une semaine de plein air et d’engagement ?

Fais partie des 60 jeunes qui participeront au Sommet international de l’engagement jeunesse ( du 30 août au 3 septembre 2012, une activité organisée par des jeunes des YMCA du Québec avides de changements sociaux !

Pendant 5 jours, développe tes habiletés de leadership mobilisateur, ton esprit d’équipe et de coopération, et outille-toi pour mieux t’engager dans ta communauté !

Du mieux-être à l’engagement collectif !

6. New Resource: Midnight Kitchen is Hiring five positions

The Midnight Kitchen is hiring 5 positions!

Deadline for all positions: August 18th, 2012 at midnight
The contracts begin the week of August 27th, 2012
* Late applications will not be accepted
* You do not have to be a student to apply for these positions; they are open to all.
* Only applicants accepted for interview will be contacted.

The Midnight Kitchen is hiring:

(1) Outreach Coordinator (16-18h/week for 55 weeks; total stipend of 14 025$)
(2) Volunteer Coordinator (16-18h/week for 55 weeks; total stipend of 14 025$)
(3) Administrative/Finance Coordinator (16-18h/week for 55 weeks; total stipend of 14 025$)
(4) Kitchen Coordinator (10-12h/week for 32 weeks; total stipend of 5280$)
(5) Pickup Coordinator/Driver (7h/week for 32 weeks; total stipend of 3360$)

Full job description available at:

Description of the Organization:

The Midnight Kitchen is a non-profit, volunteer-run collective dedicated to providing affordable, healthy food to as many people as possible. We aim to empower individuals and communities by providing a working alternative to current market-based systems of food collection and distribution. We oppose privatization, corporatization, and other processes that actively disempower people by obstructing their access to resources and independence. We will provide education on food issues, both inside and outside of the collective, and provide a space for the exchange of ideas within the community. We recognize that much of the politics surrounding food production and distribution are part of a larger system of oppression. We works towards social and environmental justice and we will support others who share these goals. We will organize and act according to principles of anti-oppression.

7. Job Offer: Office Manager

Provide accounting for the organization, within the parameters of our Fiscal Management Policy; Manage office administrative duties; and Support the Executive Director in the performance of tasks as required.

• Orientation of new staff, Accounting, Office administration, Website and technology administration, Assist the Executive Director in coordinating organizational operations.

• Bilingualism in English and French, written and spoken, At least 2 years experience or a CA, CGA, or BAA, familiarity with accounting in the non-profit sector an asset, Strong writing and communication skills, Organized, task and detail-oriented, Computer literate, particularly Microsoft Office, Gmail and Google products, WordPress, and MailChimp

HOURS : 35/ week
SALARY : $19.46 per hour probationary rate

Contact: Valerie Webber

8. Job Offer: Six job positions now open at The Transplantation Society

In response to its ongoing success and continued growth, The Transplantation Society (TTS) is increasing its capacity and currently has 6 open positions at its International Headquarters in downtown Montreal. TTS is a not-for-profit organization providing focus for global leadership in the field of transplantation on the development of the science and clinical practice, scientific communication, continuing education and guidance on the ethical practice.

Please contact TTS at for information on the following positions:

Director of Meetings
Accounting Clerk – Meetings and Sections
Meetings Manager
Sections Coordinator
Registration Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

9. Job Offer: Intervenant/e Social/e, Association multiethnique pour l’intégration des personnes handicapées

Sous la supervision de la Directrice des services, la personne offre des services sociaux,
d’aide et d’accompagnement aux démarches pour obtenir les services aux personnes handicapées
d’origines diverses et à leurs familles qui s’adressent à l’Association.

Tâches :
• Recevoir les personnes en recherche de services, identifier leurs besoins
• Offrir des services de support, d’orientation et de référence, visites, accompagnement, interprétariat,
aide à compléter des formulaires, etc.
• Rechercher des ressources appropriées pour répondre aux besoins exprimés ou identifiés
• Collaborer avec les professionnels des ressources publiques et communautaires pour les suivis
• Compléter les fiches d’information pour fins de statistiques et tenir à jour les dossiers
• Collaborer à l’organisation des activités socioculturelles
• Exécuter toute autre tâche connexe demandée par son superviseur

Conditions de travail :
28 heures/semaine; taux horaire : 17$ l’heure – Contrat de 6 mois avec possibilité de renouvellement. Envoyer votre CV au plus tard le 17 août 2012 à
AMEIPH, a/s directrice générale
6462, Boul. St.-Laurent, Montréal (Québec) H2S 3C4
Télécopieur (fax) : (514)272-8530 ; Courriel :

SVP, pas d’appels; envoyer le CV par la poste, par télécopieur ou par courriel
Seulement les personnes sélectionnées pour une entrevue seront contactées. À expérience et qualifications comparables, la priorité sera accordée aux personnes handicapées et/ou
issues de l’immigration.

Cliquez ici pour lire l’annonce au complet:

10. Job Offer: Conseiller-ère en aménagement

Conseiller-ère en aménagement (Remplacement de congé de maternité)
Date limite pour postuler: Lundi, 27 août, 9h00

Résumé du poste:

Sous la responsabilité de la directrice des opérations et ressources humaines, la ou le conseiller-ère en aménagement sera appelé-e à assumer la gestion de projets à titre de chargé-e de projets et à agir en tant que conseiller-ère spécialisé-e en aménagement. Il ou elle travaillera en étroite collaboration avec les autres membres de l’équipe et participera activement à la réalisation de la mission et à la vie associative du CEUM.

La personne embauchée soutiendra la mise en oeuvre des projets pilotes de QVAS et travaillera au transfert de connaissances ainsi qu’au soutien à des communautés ayant entamé des démarches en faveur des déplacements actifs. Elle travaillera en collaboration avec des élus, des professionnels de l’aménagement, de la santé publique et du milieu communautaire ainsi qu’avec les citoyens à l’élaboration de stratégies favorisant le passage à l’action.

Les personnes intéressées doivent faire parvenir une lettre de motivation et leur curriculum vitae dans un même document en format .PDF avant 9h, le lundi le 27 août 2012 à l’adresse courriel suivante :

Vous pouvez lire la description complète de ce poste dans le fichier disponible ici sur le site Internet du CEUM:

Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal
3516 avenue Du Parc
Montréal, QC H2X 2H7

11. Volunteer Opportunity: Jobra solidarity coop Special AGM and call-out for board members

JOBRA Solidarity Cooperative Special AGM, Monday, August 27th at 6PM
8499, Birnam, Montreal , Quebec ,H3N-2V2 Tel : 514-270-4447

The Jobra solidarity cooperative is a social economy enterprise that provides accessible affordable laundry services to meet the distinct needs of the Parc Extension population since March 2010.
Currently seeking board members to sit in a diverse setting comprised of 7-member board of directors. Experience in community economic development project, knowledge and expertise in accounting, management and business development prospective with a short term or long term commitment of 1 or 2 years to work with ethno-cultural immigrant community.

Special AGM will be held on Monday,August 27th at 6pm
at the Laundry coop, 8499 Birnam (corner Liege ) in Parc Extension. Info coop Tel : 514 270-4447 cel : 514-998-5057 .

Specific Objectives:
Review the business plan to incorporate additional income generating activities and reflects effects on projected cash flow and yearly budgeting. Create an employment opportunity for 1 or 2 members, secure salary subvention position with CLE (Centre local employ Quebec) and recruit more technical and administrative expertise in grand proposal writing and fundraising .

12. Volunteer Opportunity: Survey on how immigrants adapt to life in Montreal

The Culture, Health and Personality Lab at Concordia University is seeking participants for a study on how immigrants adapt to life in Montreal. All participants will enter a monetary raffle where they can win $100 (5 prizes of $100 each). The survey will ask participants about their culture, their personality, relationships and adaptation experiences. All participant information will be kept confidential. The raffle will be held after the data collection is completed.

The website link (where the survey is available):

13. Volunteer Opportunity: Call for board members, Centre for Literacy

The Centre for Literacy invites nominations for two (2) board members for terms beginning in September 2012.
1) One person will fill a seat vacated by a member who was unable to complete a two-year
term. The uncompleted term ends in September 2013. That person will then be eligible
to run for a full two-year term at the end of the first year.
2) The other person will serve a two-year term from September 2012-September 2014.

The two members will be drawn from the Montreal-Ottawa region. Travel and accommodations will be covered for three or four face-to-face meetings per year for the first year. Other meetings and interactions will take place through distance technologies.

Send a one-page letter to with a brief biographical background and a statement that includes what you feel you could bring to the organization and how the position matches your interests or commitments. Please indicate that you have read and agree with the board member roles and responsibilities.

A board committee will select candidates of interest and arrange telephone interviews with nominees in August 2012. For questions:

Deadline for nominations: August 15, 2012.

Full posting:…

14. Other: YES Montreal presents its annual fundraising event: TUNE INTO YES6

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 18, 2012, as YES proudly presents its annual fundraiser – TUNE IN TO YES6. Come join the staff and board of YES for an evening of great music, friends, food and fundraising- all benefiting YES Montreal. The concert and silent auction, to be held at l’Olympia, will be hosted by CTV’s Moses Persico and will feature live entertainment by Boogie Wonder Band. Tickets are $125 (Tax receipt $75) and include complimentary wine and beer as well as food. YES is a non-profit organization. For more information, call 514-878-9788 ext 307,,

15. Other: Symposium: Healthy Aging, Mind & Body

Presented by: the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Please take advantage of these useful and interesting conferences and workshops targeted to seniors that will be presented and animated by bilingual health professionals.

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Douglas Hall Pavilion, 6875 Lasalle Blvd, Verdun, QC

EARLY BIRD Registration Deadline: AUGUST 31, 2012 – FEE $35.00

Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 – Fee : $45.00

(Includes documentation, lunch and health breaks)


For more information and registration, contact Mrs. Silvana Aguzzi at or 514-761-6131 extension 6308

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