of people living with a mental health issue through personal development, skill-building and enhancement of their quality of life
The philosophy of Alternative Centregens is based on two types of approaches, namely:
of mutual aid for people living with a mental health issue to support them through the decisions they face along the way
On the 19th of September 1987, Alternative Centregens received its accreditation as a charitable organization from the Inspector General, concurrent with the closure of the White Cross. On this date, the founding members instated a team of 5 administrators and Diane Laurent as director from 1987 until 1990. She was replaced by Michèle Sauvé who led the organization until 1997.
Alternative Centregens progressed continually throughout the years, with the number of registered members growing steadily, reaching 355 members in 1997. In the month of May 1997 the Montérégie Health and Social Services Agency broached the possibility of opening up a center in Brossard to cater to an Anglophone clientele.
The new centre was inaugurated on Lapinière street. In early April 2013, the centre moved to St-Hubert, and activities steadily picked up again. The Longueuil centre started to operate part-time in its new location on the Chemin du Tremblay.
In March 2013, with the approval of the Montérégie Health and Social Services Agency and United Way, Alternative Centregens hired a consultant to correct the difficult situation the organization found itself in. In January 2014, Jean Charbonneau took the position of interim director with the objective of stimulating member participation to the level it had been between 1997 and 2011. The first Assembly on Activities programming for members was held in March 2014.
With the participation of the Board of Directors and the help of Nadine Geneviève Desjardins, community organizer at the CISSS Montérégie-Centre, Alternative Centregens has since worked towards assuring a healthy governance and regaining its prestige.
Alternative Centregens is like a second family to me. It’s a place where I feel respected and accepted as I am. I do activities that I wouldn’t be able to do at home.
The User’s Committee is mandated to act as the guardien of users’ rights. The committee ensures that users are treated with respect for their dignity and in recognition of their rights and liberties. It represents the voice of the users to the administration.
The respect of users’ rights, the quality of services and the satisfaction of the members constitute the foundation that guides its actions. The committee is particularly concerned with the most vulnerable members and works to promote the improvement of the quality of life of these people.
The committee is formed of 5 members: 2 from the St-Hubert sector, 2 from the Longueuil sector and 1 member who uses both service points.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact us at (450) 651-0651.