Logis des aulniers is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide access to affordable housing for people living with multiple sclerosis and/or with reduced mobility, and their caregivers. The corporation’s head office is in Saint-Lambert and run by a seven-member board of directors
Over the course of his career, Richard Saulnier was known for his communication skills and excellent sense of organization. He has alternately worked as a journalist and a communications manager for recognized organizations, including the APCHQ and the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, among others. In 2002, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis obliged him to gradually, but significantly, reduce his workload. After a brief stint working part-time at the Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation, where he learned about the programs Logis des aulniers is applying for today, Richard now divides his significantly diminished energy between his children and running the corporation. A founding member, he has served as the chair of the board since its inception in 2009. He is a tenant in an apartment, which he has had adapted to meet his needs.
Danielle de Bellefeuille
Danielle de Bellefeuille is a businesswoman in the residential construction industry. Her company, Construction Bel-Art, built the Enfant Soleil house in Beloeil in 2008. Involved in the community, she is committed to the cause of accessible and adapted housing. In 1986, with a group of young adults with disabilities, including one of her close friends who suffered from MS, she founded the Regroupement d'entraide des personnes en perte d'autonomie (REPPA). In 2010, its name changed to Association d’informations en logements et immeubles adaptés (AILIA). Danielle currently serves as the vice-chair of AILIA’s board of directors.
British-born Catherine Gillbert is a community worker who is well known among Saint-Lambert’s English-speaking community. She earned a masters degree in Urban Planning and a PhD in Education from McGill University. She taught Environmental Studies at Concordia University and, in 1999, became the academic dean at John Abbott College. Catherine [KP1] is a founding member of Premiers pas – Home-Start, a Ville LeMoyne organization that helps families with young, at-risk children, and served as its president for five years. She is also a member of the board and the president of Our Harbour / Le Havre, an organization that finds and provides housing for people living with mental illness.
The Montérégie chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MSSOC) has been working throughout the Montérégie region for more than 16 years and now has 1,500 members, 90% of whom are living with the disease. It may delegate one representative to serve on Logis des aulniers’ board of directors. This is a choice that was made by our board members to ensure a successful start to the project and to help recruit some of the future tenants. Corinne Demars, general manager of the Montérégie chapter, currently attends our board meetings and was elected secretary.
After earning a PhD in Political Science, Yves Vaillancourt worked as a professor at UQAM’s School of Social Work from 1976 to 2006. Since then, he has served as an associate professor to be able to continue pursuing his research on social practices and policies, which he began in 1972. In 1992, Yves founded the university’s Laboratoire de recherche sur les pratiques et les politiques sociales (LAREPPS) and was its director until 2006. He maintains close ties with Latin American, European and English Canadian researchers and collaborators interested in the relationships between civil society and the state, namely in the areas of social policy and social housing. Over the last 40 years, he has published some 20 books and collective works, as well as no less than 250 articles and book chapters.
Johanne C. Beaulieu
Johanne Beaulieu recently joined the board of the Logis des aulniers. Her profound motivation is rooted in her view that it is completely absurd for people living with MS to be placed in a CHSLD (long-term care facility) when they find themselves without suitable housing. This is why she fervently wished there were a place for people like her. Her 25 years of experience in the hospital sector, starting out as a housekeeper and moving up to becoming an orderly, is a great asset to our organization. While she was deeply committed to her work as an orderly, she was forced to stop working due to a diagnosis of MS.
Michel Roch :
Michel Roch holds an MBA and was employed by a major financial institution for nearly 35 years. He served as a regional director for the last 10 years of his career. He retired in November 2012 and now acts as a consultant for executives, allowing them to benefit from his years of experience as a manager, coach and leader. He founded his own coaching and mentoring company and also gives lectures on leadership and networking. He has served on a dozen different boards, and his goal is now to support organizations that will make a difference in our society and in people’s lives.
Michèle Ouimet is a community organizer with the Centre de santé et des services sociaux (CSSS) Champlain–Charles-Le Moyne. Our non-profit organization has benefited from her expertise since 2013, when she joined our board of directors. Her experience in providing guidance to the clientele of the CSSS has convinced her of the value of Logis des aulniers being part of the continuum of services offered by the CSSS in partnership with local groups. Michèle [KP3] is a non-voting member, but acts as a resource person for board members.
Last update, 2019, august 15th.