It took five years of planning and a fundraising campaign to realize a most important project in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges and surrounding areas: the services of a Palliative Care Residence. Numerous volunteers, their partners, donors and the full support and enthusiasm of the population have been involved to make this dream become a reality. A dream that could be realized, not in the least thanks to the help of our colleagues from Marine & Protective Coatings in Dorval. When they heard about the project, they joined hands with their colleagues from Decorative Paints in the Montreal area and helped apply the final coat of paint to the walls and of the hallways. With support from the Community Program 260 gallons of paint was supplied free of charge for the residence.
When the construction of the Palliative Care Residence was completed and all the interior decorations were ready, an official ceremony was organized where the main contractor handed the keys of the residence to the President of the Foundation. On this occasion, the hosts praised the involvement of the AkzoNobel volunteers as well as the supply of paint. A few months later the doors of the residence could officially be opened.
The new Palliative Care Residence has 12 bedrooms and will be dedicated to the care of patients during the final days of a terminal illness. The staff and volunteers at the residence will provide specialized palliative care for these patients and their families free of charge. This is done by responding to their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs during the course of the illness and the bereavement period. The residence is mainly run by volunteers, as well as professional nurses and doctors.
A worthy cause could be realized, thanks to the cross-BU collaboration of our volunteering employees in Canada.