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Provincial health network lauds regional program

The work of Les Aidants Naturels du Haut-Saint-Laurent was recognized at the provincial level by the Health and Social Services Network (HSSN) with an honourary mention in the Services dedicated to caregiver’s category of the 37th edition of the annual Awards of Excellence. The awards highlight the exceptional commitment and collaboration of those working within the HSSN and their partner community-based organizations.

A regional awards ceremony took place before the holidays, where the Montérégie-West Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSSMO) presented the awards to Les Aidants Naturals as well as to another regional recipient, Céline Lefebvre. Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle and Beauharnois MNA Claude Reid participated in the ceremony.

Aiding home palliative caregivers

The Aidants Naturels du Haut-Saint-Laurent was recognized for its caregiver respite program in palliative home care, which operates in partnership with the CISSSMO. The program provides approximately 4,000 hours of respite each year to those caring for individuals at the end of their lives at home in the Haut-Saint-Laurent. This helps caregivers avoid exhaustion and allows them to keep their loved ones at home for as long as possible.


Céline Lefebvre, with representatives from Les Aidants Naturels du Haut-Saint-Laurent and the CISSSMO, took part in a regional awards ceremony where they were presented with HSSN Awards of Excellence. PHOTO CISSSMO


“After having lovingly cared for Mom and Dad, along with my sisters, brothers and grandchildren for over 10 years at home, I can confirm that the task, although rewarding, requires time and a lot of compassion,” said Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle in recognition of the work done by Les Aidants Naturels. “This program is an invaluable support for families who wish to keep their parents, brothers and sisters at home,” she added, while thanking the organization for its important work.

A career in addiction prevention

The Persillier-Lachapelle Career Recognition Award was presented to Lefebvre, who is retiring after more than thirty years in the field of addiction prevention. She is the co-founder of Liberté de Choisir, an addiction prevention program for youth from grade six to the end of high school who live in municipalities served by the Haut-Saint-Laurent, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and the Jardins-Roussillon Local Health Networks.

“I am pleased to highlight the extraordinary work done by Ms. Lefebvre in the Beauharnois riding. Her commitment to improving health care and social services is remarkable,” said MNA Claude Reid, who then presented Lefebvre with the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec in recognition of her outstanding work. SR

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