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MWCN highlights its impact on the community

The Huntingdon team from the Montérégie West Community Network participated in the first in a series of local “CommuniT Nights” in Saint-Chrysostome on October 25. The event attracted 20 community organizations and over 220 visitors. In honour of “National Autonomous Community Action Week” taking place from October 16 to October 23, participating organizations were asked to highlight their roles in helping citizens transform their lives. The MWCN went right to the source and asked some members if they would be willing to join in and share how the MWCN has impacted their lives.

Diane von Kanel recently moved to the Huntingdon area from the West Island. She was told by a family memaber to check out the MWCN at a CommuniT night last spring, and she immediately became a member. In no time, von Kanel became an active participant in many activities including art classes and the conversation café, and she even volunteers occasionally to help run French conversation classes. She has made new friends while learning more about her new home and its surroundings. “As a person who has recently retired, this is a perfect balance to round off my retirement years,” says von Kanel, who especially enjoys outings such as visits to the Upper Canada Playhouse and old churches.


MWCN members Diane von Kanel and Yves Nadeau participated in the October CommuniT Night event in Saint Chrysostome with MWCN stagier Jessica Bouthillier PHOTO Montérégie West Community Network


Unlike von Kanel, Yves Nadeau has been a local resident all his life. He was married, raised a family, and retired in the Valley. Unfortunately, Nadeau recently lost his wife of many years. Finding himself alone with nothing to do, he caught wind of the MWCN’s pickleball club. He became a member and now plays twice a week. He enjoys the physical activity as well as the opportunity to socialize that comes with it. Nadeau has said he doesn’t know what he would have done if not for pickleball and the other activities offered through the MWCN.

Kim Wilson of the MWCN says the team was especially proud of von Kanel and Nadeau for volunteering to help showcase the organization. “There is no better way than to bring people who have experienced MWCN’s mission and goals for themselves,” she explains, noting the evening was a rewarding experience for all.

The next opportunity to meet the MWCN team will be during the upcoming CommuniT Night at the Recreation Centre in Ormstown from 4 to 7 p.m. on December 7. The evening will include a free spaghetti supper, and local organizations will be offering advice on celebrating a worry-free holiday season.

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