While ambulance response times are reportedly too slow, Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services first responders arrive in a flash

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While the headline in today’s Journal de Quebec screams of unacceptable delays in ambulance response time, Cote Saint-Lucers should be mighty proud of their life-saving EMS First Responder Service.

From 2005 to 2015, twenty coroner reports have focused on unacceptable response time, often because of the lack of vehicles, the Journal reports.

By comparison, we are so fortunate to have the incredible dedicated and skilled volunteers at EMS to buffer us from this sad reality in Quebec. They respond in a flash, often averaging just three minutes.

Let’s celebrate CSL EMS and its incredible volunteers, especially during this National EMS Week. When you see the white, red and blue EMS First Responders in CSL, wave, give a thumbs up or blow a kiss! If you’re in line with them at Tim Horton’s, buy them a coffee. Let our volunteers know how much they are appreciated. And please leave a comment on this posting to give encouragement to our local life-savers.

vCOP wants you!

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Looking to make a rewarding and fulfilling contribution to your community? Do you have at least six hours a month to an essential community service? Want to be surrounded by outgoing, friendly CSL residents who are committed to their city, generous with their time and looking forward to helping you succeed as a new recruit? Please join us on April 25. vCOP est un organisme communautaire et bilingue.

For more information search “vCOP” on this blog.

CSL celebrates its amazing volunteers

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Congratulations to all of our extraordinary Cote Saint-Luc volunteers who were recently feted at the Cineplex Odeon in the Cavendish Mall. Hundreds of volunteers were present for a unique video presentation introducing each of the winners from every sphere of life in our city.

Cote Saint-Luc has been blessed with a rich sense of volunteerism for over 50 years. Whether its in sports and recreation, culture and leisure or public safety, Cote Saint-Luc is a wonderful place to live in large part because of the generosity of spirit, time and activity offered by so many hundreds of residents all year long.

As a long time volunteer myself, getting involved in the Emergency Measures Organization back in 1979, I can easily relate to our volunteers, of any age, and understand just how enjoyable and rewarding it is to get involved and to give back to one’s community.

A special shout out to the incredible, outstanding life-savers at EMS and to our dedicated members of vCOP.

A million thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers,

Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers

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Thank you to the volunteers who donate their time, experience and know-how to help make our city run. Whether you coach our sports teams, deliver books to shut-ins, respond to medical emergencies, patrol our streets and parks or volunteer in dozens of other activities large and small, you make a profound difference to the people of Côte Saint-Luc.

Merci.  Thank you.

vCOP mission: To see and be seen

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Free Press. April 4, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Free Press. April 4, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Are you ready for vCOP?

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2010-04-02 First vCOP Scooter Patrol 004The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 8 at 7pm 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 and have logged in close to 40,000 hours.

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More than 75 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.

“I’d like to encourage residents to come to our meeting and find out first-hand what our volunteer patrollers can do for our city on a daily basis,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for vCOP. “Members of vCOP will be in attendance to answer questions and hopefully recruit a few more members. They have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our city and are an invaluable resource to Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Nashen, who created the group eight years ago.

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.

vCOP Supervisors Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz

vCOP Supervisors Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz

CSL EMS volunteers – At the ready

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While Urgences Santé emergency medical technicians are set to go on strike tonight, Christmas Eve , Cote Saint-Luc volunteers will be manning our local Emergency Medical Services station round the clock.  CSL’s first responders will ensure there is no disruption when a 911 medical emergency happens in our town.

Ambulance is an essential service and therefore the strike is largely symbolic. Medics will likely wear army fatigues or jeans rather than their proper uniform and will plaster stickers across their ambulances.  Unprofessional to be sure and largely disrespectful of property paid for by the public. True, the vast majority of “paramedics” are wonderfully dedicated and very talented, but the union has a way of getting their way.

Nonetheless, Cote Saint-Luc volunteers are always ready and able, and look mighty fine at all times.  We’ve asked our volunteers to put in some extra time over the holidays and even to double up so multiple calls will be answered without delay.

You can help too.  If you’re baking or cooking why not prepare a couple more helpings and drop it off at the station with a bottle of coke – 8100 Cote Saint-Luc Road?  Our crews will be thrilled with the attention and the grub as they man the fort during Christmas and right through New Year’s Eve and Day.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity will be warmly appreciated.  Just ring the bell at the front door, and as long as they’re not out on a call you’ll see some pretty big smiles. (If they’re out you can leave it at the door.  It’ll stay cold!)

CSL EMS volunteers are highly skilled life savers.  Fully trained in-house, they are multilingual, young and energetic and  very happy to assist those in need.  So, thank a medic from CSL EMS when you see them next.  They’re on duty for you.

Community pitches in to help clean greenspaces in Côte Saint-Luc

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for volunteers to help tidy-up four green spaces on Sunday, May 15 during Côte Saint-Luc Clean Up Day.

Volunteers can visit Yitzhak Rabin Park, Nathan Shuster Park, Donald Fletcher Park, or Bialik field to assist in the clean up between 10 am and 1 pm. They will receive gloves and garbage bags. Every volunteer will also receive a voucher for a free slice of kosher pizza or falafel.

“We think it’s important to give people a way to take part in a group activity that combines ecological and community aspects,” Councillor Steven Erdelyi said. “I think people who participate in a clean up day are less likely to litter and more likely to say something to their friends who litter.”

The event is sponsored by Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Montreal.

“This is the first time we’ve ever sponsored a program like this in Montreal,” said Ed Rudick, President of JNF of Montreal. “Our regional office is based in Côte Saint-Luc and it was natural to partner with the city on an environmentally-based initiative like this.”

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. Today, the JNF is recognized as the ‘Caretakers of the land of Israel for over a century’ for their environmental work and development of the State of Israel.

For more information about all the Côte Saint-Luc Clean Up Day, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/SpringFair2011.

CSL seeking vCOP volunteers

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2011-03-26 Seeking vCOPs Free Press

Neighbours should help neighbours with their bins

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc is a leader is waste management.  It was the first in the region to begin a curbside organic waste puckup program, and nowadays has three seperate pick ups each week for brown bins, blue bins and garbage.

However, with an important senior population still living in their own homes, some may need a little extra help from neighbours due to mobility problems.  Senior citizen neighbours may need your help with their blue bin or brown bin.

“Some seniors find it difficult to maneuver their bin to the curb so I am asking younger neighbours to lend a helping hand,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “You could help your neighbour roll the bin up the driveway, or even simpler, just let your neighbour put his or her recyclables or organic waste in your bin—if you have room. Seniors living alone may only have a small amount to place in the bins and can benefit from you having already placed your bin at the curb.”  In this way there is no bin for the senior resident to roll back in the cold and dark wintery nights.

Côte Saint-Luc has a long tradition of volunteerism. Councillor Nashen thinks civic-minded residents will be happy to help their neighbours.

“There probably aren’t a lot of people who need help as the new bins have wheels and are easier to move than the old blue boxes, which required that you bend and carry it in your arms,” Councillor Nashen said. “However, some might need a little extra help and I want to remind residents that neighbours helping neighbours is part of what makes Côte Saint-Luc so special.”

Côte Saint-Luc supports seniors through services such as the senior social clubs and the Daily Hello/Bonjour telephone service for seniors living alone. The city also keeps in mind the needs of seniors when designing crosswalks, buying books at the library or planning recreation activities.

Indeed, the Aquatic and Community Centre, now under construction on Parkhaven Avenue, will house most senior activities in the city.

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Happy 100th Birthday to Mollie Udashkin

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On April 18th Mollie Udashkin will be one hundred years old. Born in Austria in 1910, Mollie emigrated to Canada at an early age. Mollie married in Montreal, had four children and with her husband founded a fur coat business that prospered, largely due to her passion and energy. Although not formally educated, in business, Mollie was a force to be reckoned with. After the passing of her husband and with the business closed, Mollie needed to find an outlet for her boundless energy. She recognized that seniors living in apartments in the area where she lived needed a place to socialize, exercise and perhaps to answer cultural appetites. The need was answered when Mollie and Helen Knight found a suitable place and with the help and co-operation from the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Cote SaintLuc, the Creative Social Centre was established in 1980 and still exists today as an important community arts centre.

Ahead of her time, Molly was interested in healthy living, particularly in good nutrition and fitness in seniors. In 1981, she voluntarily began giving an exercise class to willing seniors at Creative Social Centre and lecturing them on healthy eating .

Mollies’ reputation spread within Cote Saint-Luc, when seniors hearing about her, also requested an exercise program. In 1983 she volunteered to give classes three times a week to both men and women, which led to multiple decades of teaching seniors how to exercise safely to experience the physical and psychological benefits. Mollie inspires others by example, her energy and enthusiasm is positive reinforcement for seniors.

Mollie has been involved in various causes and has been an ardent volunteer at the Montreal Childrens’ Hospital for seventy year and received the Tiny Tim award in 1983 for her dedication to the hospital.

She found the time to lecture at various venues and received many letters of thanks.

The City of Cote Saint-Luc has previously honoured her for her dedication to improving the quality of life for both children and seniors alike. And at this time, the City of Cote Saint-Luc is honoured to nominate Mollie Udashkin for the Governor General Award for her years of devoted service to our Community.

Still today, rain or shine, sleet and snow, fifty to seventy-five ardent exercisers, most on foot, sometimes on slushy sidewalks, make their way to take a fitness class at the Senior Centre. Mollie at 100 years of age is still a force to be reckoned with. She is a true inspiration to all Quebecers, demonstrating that age is no barrier in contributing to society.

Happy Birthday Mollie!

Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers log almost 16,000 hours

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Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers log almost 16,000 hours

Côte Saint-Luc, March 31, 2010 – Television’s Jack Bauer would have to spend 667 sleepless 24-hour days to equal the amount of time members of Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) have donated to help keep the city safe.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have logged almost 16,000 hours. The City of Côte Saint-Luc wants new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining vCOP. Prospective volunteers should be age 16 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. There is also a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds.

“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our already safe city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “For instance, when vCOP patrollers spot an open garage door, they notify the resident. This simple act may help prevent a theft. Also, vCOP is a great past time for retirees.”

Almost 70 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vehicles, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

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.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent patrolled 89,706km of city roads, which is the equivalent of the distance between three round-trip flights between Montreal, Canada and Sydney, Australia.

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

Read it in the newspaper: 2010-04-05 vCOP West End Times

Looking for new medics

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 Throughout the year Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services recruits volunteers to sign up for a unique and exciting experience that lasts a lifetime.  Consider joining or forward this post to someone who might be interested in learning how to save a life.  Click play to watch the video below:

Cote Saint-Luc Councillor hopes for re-election, West End Times

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Cote Saint-Luc Councillor hopes for re-election

West End Times, October 24, 2009

By Jenn Hardy

Glenn J. Nashen is a City Councillor in Cote Saint-Luc hoping for a re-election. And he’s feeling very confident.

Nashen was first elected in District 6 in 1990, and re-elected every four years until the 2002 merger with Montreal. As soon as Cote Saint-Luc was free again, Nashen was again elected.

There is no doubt that in his time as councillor Nashen has done more than his fare share to help the community. He has been involved in many projects, but really prides himself on the work he has done for public safety.

In charge of the Public Safety dossier, Nashen leads Cote Saint-Luc’s Emergency Services Committee overseeing EMS, Public Security, and Disaster Preparedness.

Thanks to Nashen, the city became the first in Canada to adopt Bicycle Helmet legislation.

While visiting his parents in Florida a few years ago, he noticed something he had never seen before— citizens on patrol.  He thought this was a great idea and brought the model back to CSL. He wrote a training manual, two vans were donated to the project, and three years ago the city became the first in the province to have a volunteer Citizens on Patrol(vCOP). The program has 75 volunteers, who go out two per vehicle.

“Anything that doesn’t look right, they can call in immediately,” he says. Sometimes they can solve problems on their own.” He says it could be something as simple as a crime prevention method, warning a house owner who forgot to close his garage door at night.

This, he says, is a reason why “CSL boasts the lowest crime rates, and highest crime prevention levels.”

Nashen is also very proud of his involvement with the Cote St Luc EMS, which has been running for 30 years. The unique system is run by volunteers, and CSL is the only city on the island that has one. He says the city-run fire department would only respond to priority 1 emergencies, which might leave, for example, a senior citizen who slipped on ice broke a hip shivering in the cold. His team would respond in two and a half minutes.

Nashen is sure that if it wasn’t for his involvement (along with Mayor Housefather and Councillors Kovac and Brownstein) in the de-merger, “There is no doubt that without this historic effort we would now be residents of Montreal – no longer leading our own city.”

The father of three also has a vested interest in parks recreation,and got the council to more than double the budget to fix up the city’s parks. His friends were driving long distances to bring their children to play at nice parks, and he realized,“It was the same equipment I played on almost 40 years ago, wooden, old and splintery. I want to make our playgrounds and parks the talk of the town.”

He is also hoping to create an intergenerational complex which would include an indoor pool. He said his wife, family doctor Judy Hagshi, agrees that it is important not only for the youth, but the older people in the city to have a place to play.

Nashen has a blog where he keeps his thoughts and decades of CSL-related newspaper archives. Find him at http://www.GlennJ.Nashen.com.

Celebrating National EMS Week

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As we celebrate National EMS Week (May 18-24, 2009) it is a great occasion, once again, to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to all our Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services volunteers, our Public Security Officer-medics and our EMS coordinator, Melaine Selby and director, Stephane Kallos, for making Cote Saint-Luc EMS one of the best first responder services anywhere.

YOU folks each deserve so much credit for doing amazing work throughout the year. From the extraordinary calls such as reviving the cardiac arrest victim and pulling a psychiatric unstable patient from the edge of a balcony, to the routine weak and dizzy and difficulty breathing of the 85 year old, you do your work with care and compassion and ask for nothing in return.

Our residents admire your readiness to answer their call. Our patients are grateful for your skill and rapid response.

On behalf of the civic administration, members of city council and all 30,500 residents of Cote Saint-Luc, many, many thanks to you all. Have a terrific National EMS Week and see you next Sunday (May 24) at Emergency Services Day.

Glenn J. Nashen

City Councillor (Public Safety)

Anthony Housefather

Mayor

Ken Lerner

City Manager

CITY OF COTE SAINT-LUC

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