As a non-profit organization dedicated to independent community action (ACA – action communautaire autonome), we are free to determine our mission, guidelines, approaches, and practices. We have established strong roots in our community and are driven by a community and democratic life meeting the four criteria of independent community action organizations:
In 2005, the Centre de la Santé et des Services Sociaux de Memphrémagog revealed the extent of the single-parent situation and its main implications on the territory.
Two years later, in February 2007, the Villa Pierrot was established as a non-profit organization (NPO) on the social and professional integration of young mothers living below the poverty line in the Memphremagog RCM. The first meeting of the Villa Pierrot foundation was held in April 2007. An investment of $2.1M was made through the participation of public and community partners.
Since its official opening on May 1, 2009, the Villa Pierrot team has developed tangible expertise in assisting and supporting young single mothers in need on the professional, family, and personal levels. Today, more than 93 mothers and their 135 children have benefited from skills acquired during their stay.
Based on a recent survey with our clients, partners, and the local community, our services are obviously making a true difference in these mothers’ lives.
In fact, 100% of former Villa Pierrot residents have confirmed that their living conditions improved and would recommend the organization to any single mother!
Establishment of the charitable organization Villa Pierrot:
Emerging from a public willingness to improve the lot of women in the region.
May 1 – Opening day:
21 mothers and their children welcomed.
Launch of the Rouler à Vélo cycling activity for the Villa Pierrot:
Sports fundraiser for the local public encouraging everyone to participate in raising funds.
The organization was officially recognized by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec as a community living and support environment.
First government (CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS) funds received in the amount of $12 500.
Recipient of the Porteur d’espoir award:
Awarded by Centraide for the creativity and solutions put forward regarding poverty issues in the community.
Celebrating the transition of more than 93 mothers and their 135 children towards a better future.
Every day, Villa Pierrot’s small and wonderful team oversees the smooth running of the organization and cares for mothers and their children.
Accounting Technician, Building Services
819 868-1114, ext. 3
Head of External Services Development and Coordination
819 868-1114, ext. 4
Communications and Events Officer
819-868-1114, ext. 4
Building Maintenance Attendant
Intervention Worker, Life Project and Financial Independence Component
819-868-1114, ext. 1
Coordinator, Living Environment and Psychosocial Component
819-868-1114, ext. 2
Intervention Worker, Living Environment, Community Life, and Parenting Component
819-868-1114, ext. 2
The Board of Directors oversees the proper management of resources and the achievement of the organization’s mission, i.e. reinforcing the independence of single mothers. In keeping with its participatory management approach, it is composed of 8 members, including 3 residents and former residents of the Villa Pierrot and 5 members of the community. The Board of Directors works together with the staff, volunteers, and residents to build a creative, dynamic living environment characterized by mutual aid.