July 2012 E-bulletin

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July 2012

Welcome to this month’s COCo ebulletin!

This month we’re thinking about how community groups in Quebec participate in networks – and whether we could (or should?) be doing it more effectively. As always, we want to hear your thoughts on this, so get in touch with us at info@coco-net.org, join the conversation on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/90518783206/, or find us on twitter – @COCoQC.

The COCo office will be closed during the period of July 13 – August 5, and phone call messages or emails will not be picked up until our return. As always, our August ebulletin will be abridged, with community postings only. We look forward to swinging back into the thick of things come September, so rest up for the summer!

COCo Note

Community Sector Networking and Leadership in Quebec

by Frances & Sandy

With the hectic schedules and overwhelming commitments that shape the reality of many community groups, it can be difficult to find a moment to step back and consider the strategic value – or even the meaning – of networking in our context. Through the course of COCo’s In the Know project, we’ve been reflecting a bit on this question.

In the Know is a COCo community-based action research project that has been identifying the English-speaking, ethno-cultural and bilingual community groups in Quebec to develop a portrait of these groups and, more specifically, their relationship with the Government of Quebec and the broader francophone community sector. The project is funded by SACAIS (Sécretariat à l’action communautaire autonome et aux initiatives socials- the body that coordinates the work with community groups within the Government of Quebec.). The research project is being completed and a detailed report of the findings will be available on COCo’s website soon.

Meanwhile, here are some interesting findings about network affiliations and leadership for you to reflect on during your (hopefully) quieter summer time. It has been pleasantly surprising to find what appear to be high levels of participation in broader (francophone) community networks (local and regional tables, provincial coalitions and regroupements, etc.) Of the 290 groups that completed the full survey, 218 (75%) shared information about their networks. In fact, of the 478 networks affiliations identified by respondents, 140 (almost 30%) are affiliations that date more than 10 years. This shows the involvement of these groups in the broader Quebec community sector. We get the impression that participation in networks has been growing over the past 15 years of those groups involved in our (informal) COCo network because of a push by funders, an increase in the number of networks, and groups benefiting from information and strategy sharing. COCo has certainly taken an active role in encouraging groups to link and connect with others with shared vision for their communities.

It is also interesting to note the relatively high numbers of networks named that are local or regional (225 mentions) compared to Quebec- wide networks (73 mentions). One of the questions this finding is raising for us at COCo is whether there is adequate leadership of groups from our network at Quebec-wide levels of networking and coordination. Generally, stronger links exist with government policy makers at the Quebec-wide coalitions compared to the local or regional ones. (For example: COCo is a member of COCAF – www.lacocaf.org- La Coalition des organismes communautaires autonomes de formation. Strong participation in COCAF gives groups more access to networking with government officials and influencing policy than participating in local networks such as youth or senior community ‘tables’, which are more helpful for understanding and responding to the local context, accessing available funding and knowing other local organizations.)

Last month we received some wonderfully reflective and provocative feedback from you on our COCo note ‘Connecting the dots between people’s movements’. This month we’d love to hear your thoughts on leadership within the broader community sector in Quebec. Do you share our analysis or can you provide another lens for looking at involvement in networks? Have you seen shifts in network participation within English-speaking, bilingual and ethno-cultural community groups? Why do you think those shifts have occurred? Why do you think there is less participation at Quebec-wide networks? Is it worth our collective time and energy to promote our presence at Quebec-wide networks? What strategies could COCo promote?

Happy summer reflecting!


The Big Picture

RQ-AQA: A snapshot of Quebec community networks

Not sure what Quebec networks might be good for your group to connect with? On its member page, the Réseau québécois de l’action communautaire autonome (RQ-ACA) has a panoramic list of community alliances, associations, and coalitions, as well as other types of networks. Well worth a look to get a sense of how to plug in.

http://www.rq-aca.org/page_id=889


Close Up

La Coalition des organismes communautaires autonomes de formation (COCAF)

COCo is a member of La COCAF, a coalition that brings together Quebec community organizations in continuing education who are funded by the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport (MELS).

http://www.lacocaf.org/


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 July 23rd.

  • 1. Workshop: AMII Quebec Summer Schedule
  • 2. Workshop: Greening your roof
  • 3. Conference: CIVICUS World Assembly programme now available
  • 4. New Resource: Website Directory for health and healing
  • 5. Job Offer: Conseiller en developpment, l’Apui
  • 6. Job Offer: Coordonnateur des communications, l’Appui
  • 7. Job Offer: L’Éco-stage de Katimavik
  • 8. Job Offer: Community organizer, one year contract
  • 9. Volunteer Opportunity: Montreal Healing Arts Community
  • 10. Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt-A-Route: Meals-on-Wheels Expansion this Summer!
  • 11. Social Action: July 13th deadline for nominations for 2012 Rights and Freedom Prize
  • 12. Social Action: CIVICUS World Assembly seeks your research
  • 13. Other: Save the Date for TUNE INTO YES6: Annual Fundraising Event & Silent Auction
  • 14. Other: Neighbourhood on the move

1. Workshop: AMII Quebec Summer Schedule

Summer schedule for AMI-Quebec support groups:
Mondays 7:30-9:00pm – Registration not required – Location: 4333 Cote Ste-Catherine Road

Bipolar Disorder: July 9th and August 13th
Depression: July 23rd and August 27th
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: July 23rd and August 27th
Hoarding: July 9th and August 13th
Anxiety: July 9th and August 13th
For Family and friends: July 9th, 23rd and August 13th and 27th
Siblings and Adult children: July 23rd and August 27th
Parents of adult children: June 19th
Kaleidescope (any diagnosis) July 27th and August 27th


2. Workshop: Greening your roof

Santropol Roulant: Discover the various types of green roofs available, their benefits and some installation basics. This not-to-be-missed event will be hosted by two experts who will tell you all you need to know. See you there!

Presenters: Patrice Godin and Antoine Trottier, co-owners of Ligne Verte a green roof installation business.

When: Wednesday July 18th, 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Where: 111 Roy St. East, corner Coloniale
Cost: $5 suggested donation


3. Conference: CIVICUS World Assembly programme now available

The full 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly programme is now available: http://civicusassembly.org/Programme.php . The content is rich, the presenters are bringing a great diversity of expertise, there are a thousand things for you to accomplish… and your own participation is only a click away! The 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly awaits you in beautiful Montréal. Register today: http://civicusassembly.org/how.php.


4. New Resource: Website Directory for health and healing

The Montreal Healing Arts Community / Réseau des arts de la santé Website (www.mtlhealingarts.org) offers free Premium Memberships to Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations. A member can create a directory profile for their organization, post public event listings for events, workshops and trainings and publish informative blog articles, all of which are visible to the public. Our vision is to encourage health, provide networking opportunities and do community outreach in the healing community of Montreal. For more information: design@mtlhealingarts.org.


5. Job Offer: Conseiller en développment, l’Apui

Sous l’autorité de la direction générale, le conseiller au développement des services coordonne les activités
d’allocation de fonds et contribue à l’élaboration et à la mise en œuvre des stratégies de concertation, de
mobilisation et de soutien aux organismes afin de réaliser le plan de développement du soutien aux proches
aidants d’aînés de Montréal. Il identifie des occasions de développement et soutient les acteurs qui souhaitent
les concrétiser.

Profil: • Baccalauréat en gestion ou autre formation pertinente
• 7 à 10 ans d’expérience dont au moins 5 ans dans des fonctions comparables
• Expertise reconnue en concertation et développement sociocommunautaire
• Expertise en gestion de projets et accompagnement d’organisations
• Expertise en analyse financière constitue un atout
• Connaissance des besoins des proches aidants et des enjeux s’y rapportant
• Connaissance du réseau communautaire, public et institutionnel des intervenants auprès des aînés et
des proches aidants
• Capacité d’analyse stratégique de l’environnement et des organisations
• Leadership rassembleur et positif, compétences relationnelles élevées
• Maîtrise des outils informatiques et logiciels pertinents à ses fonctions
• Excellent français et anglais fonctionnel
• Permis de conduire

Envoyez votre CV et une lettre de motivation dans laquelle vous exposerez la valeur stratégique de votre
candidature et la nature de votre intérêt pour le poste à consdev@lappuimontreal.org. Date limite de dépôt
des candidatures : 13 juillet 2012. Les candidats devront être disponibles pour des entrevues à compter du
13 août 2012. Entrée en fonction : Septembre 2012.
Pour plus d’information sur l’Appui Montréal, visitez le www.lappuimontreal.org
L’Appui Montréal adhère aux principes de l’équité en emploi et valorise la diversité.


6. Job Offer: Coordonnateur des communications, l’Appui

Sous l’autorité de la direction générale, le coordonnateur des communications met en éuvre des plans de
communications qui contribuent à l’atteinte des objectifs stratégiques de l’organisation. Il assure la promotion
et la visibilité de l’action de l’organisme. Il veille à disposer d’une information stratégique pertinente à son
action et la rend accessible aux intervenants concernés par la mission de l’organisation. Il crée un
environnement communicationnel propice à la mobilisation et à la concertation.

Profil: Baccalauréat en communication – marketing social ou formation équivalente; 5 à 7 ans d’expérience dont au moins 3 ans dans des fonctions comparables; Expertise démontrée en analyse marketing et planification des communications; Connaissance de l’environnement communautaire et institutionnel des aînés et des proches aidants; Connaissance des outils web de communication, capacité à coordonner les fournisseurs de services; Capacité à coordonner plusieurs projets et à gérer les priorités
§ Compétences relationnelles élevées, capacité à représenter l’organisation en public; Maîtrise des outils informatiques et logiciels pertinents à ses fonctions; Excellent français et anglais fonctionnel

Envoyez votre CV et une lettre de motivation dans laquelle vous exposerez la valeur stratégique de votre
candidature et la nature de votre intérêt pour le poste à coordcom@lappuimontreal.org. Date limite: 13 juillet 2012. Les candidats devront être disponibles pour des entrevues à compter du
13 août 2012. Entrée en fonction : Septembre 2012.
Pour plus d’information sur l’Appui Montréal, visitez le www.lappuimontreal.org
L’Appui Montréal adhère aux principes de l’équité en emploi et valorise la diversité.


7. Job Offer: L’Éco-stage de Katimavik

L’Éco-stage de Katimavik recrute des jeunes de 18 à 35 ans pour sa nouvelle cohorte cet automne. Nous offrons une occasion à ceux qui sont passionnés par l’environnement, d’effectuer des stages d’une durée de 3 mois au sein d’organismes à mission environnementale dispersés dans différentes régions du Québec. Ce programme permet aux éco-stagiaires de développer leur engagement citoyen pour l’environnement.

Chaque éco-stagiaire recevra une allocation de subsistence de 1000$ par mois. Veuillez consulter notre site web pour plus de détails: www.ecostage.qc.ca, ou communiqez par téléphone avec Cédric Jamet à 514-868-0898 ext. 2253.


8. Job Offer: Community organizer, one year contract

Project Genesis seeks a community organizer for a one year contract up, at either 30 or 35 hours/week according to the person’s preference. The starting date is the beginning of this September.
· Work is on social and economic rights, and in particular housing rights, with people on low incomes in the multi-ethnic Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood.
· Position includes organization of campaigns and actions, social policy research, popular education, mobilization, and coalition work.
· Requirements: experience in community organizing, including developing and implementing campaigns; capacity for critical analysis of social issues; familiarity with community movement; bilingualism; strong communication skills; ability to work both autonomously and in a team and to make links with our Storefront individual services.
People of colour are encouraged to apply. Send C.V. with a cover letter by Thursday, August 9, 2012 by email to poste@genese.qc.ca or by fax to 514-738-6385. Site: www.genese.qc.ca We appreciate all applications, yet only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


9. Volunteer Opportunity: Montreal Healing Arts Community

The Montreal Healing Arts Community / Réseau des arts de la santé is a local organization that promotes health, networking for the healing arts and organizes public events. Go to www.mtlhealingarts.org/contributors for more information or contact us at volunteers@mtlhealingarts.org. Come and be part of the healing community!


10. Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt-A-Route: Meals-on-Wheels Expansion this Summer!

Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity? Wanting to explore a new neighbourhood by bicycle? Interested in getting more involved in Santropol Roulant’s meals-on-wheels? Then Adopt-A-Route this summer!

For the next two months, Santropol Roulant’s meals-on-wheels program is expanding to include a 9th route in the Rosemont neighbourhood. L’Entre-Gens Rosemont, a local artisanal meals-on-wheels, is in need of some rest and relaxation in July and August, and we’ve offered to support them and their clients by creating a temporary delivery route for these two months.

How do you come in to all of this? To help make this partnership possible, we’re looking for one or two dedicated volunteers who can commit to delivering meals by bicycle in the Rosemont neighbourhood every Tuesday throughout July and August.

If you’re interested, please phone 514-284-9335 as soon as possible!


11. Social Action: July 13th deadline for nominations for 2012 Rights and Freedom Prize

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse is issuing a reminder that July 13th is the deadline to submit a nomination for the 2012 Rights and Freedom Prize.Since 1988, the Commission has awarded the Rights and Freedoms Prize each year to an organization or an individual as a public recognition for exceptional achievement or commitment to the defence of human rights and freedoms. Over the past five years the Prize has been awarded to the Wapikoni Mobile – an organization which gives young Aboriginals the opportunity to express themselves through video and music –, the Tolerance Foundation, the Regroupement des organismes Espace du Québec, the Honourable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré of the Québec Court and to Laurent McCutcheon, president of Fondation Émergence.

For more information or to download a nomination form, click here: http://www.cdpdj.qc.ca/info/commission/prix-droits-libertes/Pages/defaul….


12. Social Action: CIVICUS World Assembly seeks your research

The CIVICUS World Assembly comes at a pivotal moment. It is time for citizens to redefine the relationships and conditions we want for a sustainable future in a changed and volatile world. But the process of defining a new social contract doesn’t begin in Montreal – it starts now! We want your key pieces of research, analysis, commentary and other essential documents that can help inform our upcoming discussions. We will then make them available to all World Assembly participants to feed into our reflection! Find out more: https://www.civicus.org/en/what-we-do/cross-cutting-projects/world-assem….


13. Other: Save the Date for TUNE INTO YES6: Annual Fundraising Event & Silent Auction

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 18th, as Youth Employment Services (YES) proudly presents its annual fundraiser – TUNE IN TO YES6. Join us at the Olympia Theatre for a fun-filled evening hosted by CTV’s Mose Persico, featuring live entertainment by the Boogie Wonder Band. With an amazing silent auction, complimentary food, wine, beer and live music, the event is always an exciting celebration of YES and our commitment to giving young job-seekers, entrepreneurs and artists the English-language support services they need to launch their careers. YES is a non-profit organization. Tickets $125 (tax receipt $100). 514-878-9788 ext 307, www.tuneintoyes.com, www.yesmontreal.ca


14. Other: Neighbourhood on the move

Neighborhood on the Move is a collaborative project between the Eco-quartier Peter-McGill, the Innovation Youth Centre, the Ville-Marie borough and a few other partners. For three years now, the project has been seeking to create a gathering place for individuals and families who reside in the district of Peter McGill, as well as for organizations that serve this sector. It will take place around a series of events, entertainment, cultural activities, film screenings and workshops in outdoor, all free, which will take place on the Pierce Street. This street will be closed for the days of the event, from the 7th until the 21st of July.

For the schedule and more info, visit the Neighbourhood on the Move site: http://quartierenmouvement.com/


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