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Local organizations celebrate National Caregivers Week

National Caregivers Week, which takes place this year from November 7 to 13, highlights the significance of caregivers in our communities while advocating for more recognition and support for those who find themselves filling this important role.

During normal times, the South-West Committee, which includes representatives from the Centre d’action bénévole du grand Châteauguay, Centre d’action bénévole de Valleyfield, Les Aidants Naturels du Haut-Saint-Laurent, and the Société Alzheimer du Suroît, would have organized a special event to celebrate area caregivers. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this event has been cancelled for a second straight year. In preparing for this year’s National Caregivers Week, the South-West Committee met virtually to discuss the importance of recognizing the contribution of caregivers during the pandemic.

“A strong culture of recognition is instilled in us from an early age,” says Audrey Desbiens, a development agent with the Société Alzheimer du Suroît, in a press release issued on behalf of the committee. “We are accustomed to encouraging our scientists, our artists, and our athletes by rewarding their achievements, while traditionally, others in our society are less recognized. After these two difficult years, we believe that it is essential to emphasize the importance of our caregivers and to recognize them for their true value,” she says.

It is important to acknowledge those who contribute to the well-being of our communities by caring for the vulnerable. The committee is encouraging all to reach out to the caregivers in their lives, to show them some appreciation and offer support. (SR)

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