Her after-school activity? Volunteering

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Hats off to Cote Saint-Lucer  and Jewish General volunteer extraordinaire Paula Brauer Shuster. In this week’s profile by Gazette feature writer Susan Schwartz, this amazing and active woman redefines what it is to be very busy, and uber happy, into ones retirement years.

So, Happy Retirement Paula! Thank you for all you do for the community. I hope your story inspires more to give a little of themselves to benefit those around them.

Read the full story here.

Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol information session on April 7

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session onTuesday, April 7 at 7 pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).
Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 and volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month.
“Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Côte Saint-Luc’s substantial safety initiatives,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for vCOP.  “The patrollers have logged more than 46,625 hours and 254,166 kilometres, which is more than six times around the Earth.”
More than 80 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, check smoke detectors in homes in partnership with the fire department and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.
Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.
For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruiting sessions this Thursday and Sunday

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Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is looking for new members to join its team of volunteer medics.

 

A Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruiting sessions take place at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre on Thursday, August 7 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Sunday, August 10 at 9am to 10:30 am, and again at 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

 

“Members must be active, eager to get involved, ready to learn and enjoy taking on challenges and making a difference in the community,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for Public Safety services. “No previous first-aid training is required.”

 

EMS courses are offered twice during the year. Students complete in-class sessions and an on the-road apprenticeship, where they respond to real calls and put into practice the skills they learned in class. Members are encouraged to perform at least one shift per week.

Côte Saint-Luc looking for more volunteer patrollers

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The Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are recruiting new members for the largest municipally based public safety program in Quebec.

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at http://www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

“Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

CSL launches eco-friendly COP Scooter Patrol

“Members work in teams patrolling city streets, parks, playgrounds and buildings at any hour of day and night,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for Public Safety. “They are also present at community events and available to assist at major emergencies.”

Since the program was launched in July 2006, volunteers have patrolled 170,000 kilometres—which is half the distance between Earth and the moon, and logged more than 30,000 hours. The volunteer force now number 83 people. Volunteers are given training to spot potential problems and to notify Côte Saint-Luc Public Security or the police.

Supervisor Susie Schwartz with husband/patroller Harvey

The vCOP fleet includes four minivans, four electric scooters, two electric bicycles, and two regular bicycles.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month although many patrol much more. While vCOP members are 18 years of age and over there is a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories. Training in patrol techniques, radio communications, first-aid, CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator are provided.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit http://www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

National Volunteer Week

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CITY OF CÔTE SAINT-LUC – PROCLAMATION DECLARING APRIL 10 TO APRIL 16, 2011 AS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

WHEREAS, 12.5 million Canadian volunteers devote their time to help others, contributing over two billion volunteer hours per year;

WHEREAS, volunteers in the City of Côte Saint-Luc (‘’the City’’) perform tasks such as: mentor children, comfort the lonely, beautify green spaces, and fundraise for charitable organizations;

WHEREAS, the volunteers in the City are highly diverse being both young and old, composed of individuals and entire families, in the work force and retirees, men and women all of which come from various backgrounds;

WHEREAS, the collective result of the work done by our City’s volunteers is that the City is a more desirable place to live;

WHEREAS, volunteers in the City play such diverse roles including assisting with the organization of special events, coaching many youth related sports teams, providing much needed support in various social agencies such as: senior residences and local hospitals;

WHEREAS, the City relies on fundamental organizations throughout its territory such as the City’s: Emergency Medical Services, the volunteer Citizens on Patrol, the Senior Social Club, the Senior Men’s Club, the Senior’s Garden Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, Brigadier Frederick Kisch, Branch 97, the Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey and Figure Skating Associations, the Côte Saint-Luc Adult Sports Associations and the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club;

WHEREAS, volunteers play a critical role in impacting the decision making process on important issues for the City of Côte Saint-Luc by serving on various Committees such as: Library and Culture, Sponsorship, and Audit;

IT WAS PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR GLENN J. NASHEN

SECOND BY COUNCILLOR RUTH KOVAC

AND RESOLVED

THAT, the Côte Saint-Luc City Council hereby proclaims April 10 to April 16, 2011, as National Volunteer Week in the City of Côte Saint-Luc, and urges the residents of Côte Saint-Luc to recognize the crucial role played by City of Côte Saint-Luc volunteers;

AND FURTHER, that this proclamation be forwarded to National, Provincial and local Volunteer Bureaus and appropriate media to inform all of Côte Saint-Luc’s recognition of it’s volunteers.