by Rhonda Massad
Founded by Monique Richer in 1966, the West Island Assistance Fund (WIAF) celebrated 50 years at a cocktail party at the Pierrefonds Cultural Center this past Monday evening. WIAF distributes more than $1,000,000 worth of goods and services annually with a strong focus on food supply.
On hand to recognize the contribution to the community were Nelligan MNA and Minister of Municipal Affairs Minister Martin Coiteux and Finance Minister Carlos Leitão along with Pierrefonds City Councillor Yves Gignac acting as pro-mayor. All three gave speeches that congratulated the team of dedicated volunteers who make a difference in the community each year.
“I am certain when I speak for the 800 families that we serve,” Executive Director Claudine Campeau explained,”that when you look around the room tonight, it is thanks to you that we have had success in serving our community in the past 50 years. Without the dedicated volunteers and staff, we simply could not accomplish all that we do.”
According to Campeau, the priority is to assure food security for the less fortunate on the West Island.
“Many organizations have opened their doors in recent years to help children with alcoholism, drug addiction, and learning issues. But every parent knows that children who leave home with full belly have a better chance at succeeding in the world around them,” Campeau said.
WIAF President Julie Magnan reached out to the community in her speech.
“Fifty years of service does not mean it is time to sit on our laurels. We look forward to fifty more years of giving to our community but again look to all of you to meet our goal of $100,000 needed for the next year.”