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Minister visits youth service centre in Huntingdon

The provincial minister responsible for Social Services, Lionel Carmant, was in Huntingdon on July 27, where he visited the Aire Ouverte installation located at the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi as part of a regional tour.

The Aire Ouverte service aims to help area youth between the ages of 12 and 25 to cope with challenging issues in their lives. A first service centre was opened in Valleyfield over a year ago, while the location in Huntingdon was launched last November. Since then, at least 248 young people have benefitted from services which include, for example, support during challenges such as school adjustment difficulties, questions about sexuality and sexual health, or suicidal thoughts.


Members of the Aire Ouverte team met with the minister responsible for Social Services Lionel Carmant at the service centre located at the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi in Huntingdon PHOTO Courtesy of the Office of Carole Mallette


Carmant, who is also the MNA for Taillon, was joined on his visit by Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette, as well as Philippe Gribeauval, the executive director of CISSSMO; Fimba Tankoano, the director general of Concertation Horizon; Sylvain Rémillard, the director of the Maison des Jeunes in Saint-Rémi; and Huntingdon’s mayor, André Brunette.

During his tour of the region, Carmant also visited several organizations in the Beauharnois riding, accompanied by local MNA Claude Reid, including Défi-Logis Suroît and Camp Bosco. (SR)

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