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November 2023 Newsletter


Dear members

We invite you to contact us if necessary, 


Elena :
Carolyne :
RenĂ©e :
France :
Marie-Pier :
Annie :


A festive event marking the 40th anniversary of Solidarité de parents was held on September 30 at the Montreal Planetarium and brought together 114 people.

Make-up artist, photobooth, superheroes and princesses were part of the party. We had the privilege of welcoming Jean-Paul Eid, parent and member of Solidarité, cartoonist, author who presented his approach and brought us into the world of the Little Astronaut.

We highlighted the commitment and dedication of Ms. Diane Dorion, Ms. Marie-Claire Guérin and Ms. Sara Tremblay, who have succeeded each other as Chair of the Board of Directors over the years. A very special tribute was also paid to Mrs. Renée Turcotte, Executive Director of Solidarité for almost three decades.

A presentation of Solidarite’s timeline and a testimonial video highlighted the main actions carried out since the creation of the organization and the partnership ties forged over the years.

In short, a magical, festive and unifying event!

Here we share with you the timeline (in French), the video (in French) and some images of this memorable day.

Watch the Video


After 30 years at the helm of Solidarité de parents de personnes handicapées, Ms. Renée Turcotte is passing the torch to Ms. Rim El Khouja, Executive Director of Solidarité de parents de personnes handicapées, since October 23. Renée Turcotte, outgoing Executive Director, will ensure a smooth transition until December 22, 2023.

Ms. El Khouja was selected after a rigorous recruitment process. We are confident that his expertise, experience and commitment will bring invaluable value to our organization.


Our next parent meeting will be on Wednesday, November 22nd, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Come and have a coffee at La BoĂźte Gourmande, 445 Laurier Avenue, H2J 1E5 (at the north exit of the Laurier metro station).

Since you will be offered a drink, registration is required with Elena Seco by email at

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Participants in the last Jasette parent talk.


SolidaritĂ© de parents is proud to announce the return of the Hohoho and 60+ programs for the holiday season between December 18, 2023 and January 8, 2024. These programs offer member parents the chance to get respite (32 hours) through their own chaperone during the holiday season. 

The Hohoho is available exclusively to parents who are away from home for work during the period indicated, and the 60+ is only determined by the age of the member parent (60 years of age and older).  Both programs are available to member families whose membership is up to date and whose child or young adult is still living in the family home.

Forms were sent to families selected based on these criteria on October 16, 2023, and were to be returned to by October 25. As space is limited, applications are evaluated as a team and a response will be sent to participants no later than November 15 so that families can send their companion’s registration no later than November 20.


“I’m a mono-parental mother who raises a special need son of 9 years, struggling with autism spectrum disorder /Intellectual Disability /Trouble of Hyper -activity and Attention Deficit.

An African living here in Canada with no family members that could help, my son and I came here in Canada by 2019. It is not an easy journey raising him, the needs are enormous, and it is always exhausting since I’m an employee who works full time.

Being a member of Solidarité has been of great help, my fellow parents in the same frame know that we always need a respite, to at least take a deep breath outside the 24H/7 days parental duties.

During the vacation, journĂ©e pedagogique, semaine de relache, we don’t always get activities for our children, like any other parent we try to find services for our children but sometimes it turns other way round whereby we find ourselves with a child at home because of lack of services.

The summer specifically during the children’s holidays, it is always not challenging, for example, my child has been expelled from a summer camp, the camp was not specialized enough to accommodate his needs, the cancellation at the last minute from some organizations and so on …

In a such situation I always run to the SolidaritĂ© des parents des personnes handicapĂ©es, it is so encouraging that they always find a solution for me, my heart is joyful that I’m a member and take advantage of the resources.

Thank you to the administrators who work hard with heart and mind to respond to our needs, thank you to the fellow members who came together in order to form the Solidarité des parents des personnes handicappées

Together we stand.”

– Violette Kabanyana


Soon it’s Halloween and when you think of costumes, think of candy! 

Did you know that cavities are the most common infectious disease in young children? 

Here are 5 Key Tips to Reduce the Risk of Cavities on Halloween

  • Give your child a reasonably sized container for trick-or-treating. They may receive bags of potato chips that will reduce the available space and, at the same time, reduce the amount of candy collected.’
  • Establish a time a day to eat the treats. For example, your child should not always have access to their treats, as sugar helps reduce the protective effect of saliva. A tip? Reduce temptations by not leaving candy in plain sight.
  • Sweets should preferably be consumed at home. Avoid putting treats in your child’s lunch box or backpack.” Schools and daycares don’t always dedicate time to oral hygiene.  
  • Pay attention to the types of treats. For example, gummies, licorice, taffy and caramels stick a lot to the teeth. To reduce the risk of cavities, encourage your child to rinse their mouth or brush their teeth after consumption. By the way, the same rule applies to dried fruit.
  • Maintain healthy oral hygiene. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. Ideally, fluoride toothpaste should be used, as it helps to reduce plaque and strengthen enamel, among other things.
These valuable tips are given by dental hygienists Farah, Georgia Jules and Julie Lavoie.

Learn More (in French)

How to Prevent Cavities on a Regular Basis?

  • Practice good dental hygiene by brushing your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least 2 times a day. 
  • Brushing before sleep is very important. If your child eats or drinks before bed, brushing their teeth should be done before they go to bed. As the amount of saliva in his mouth decreases while he sleeps, the sugar on his teeth would significantly increase the risk of developing cavities.
  • Floss every night to complete brushing.
  • Limit the consumption of sugary drinks or foods, such as candy and soft drinks.
  • Beware of sugar in cough medicines or syrups. If you give it to your child, clean their teeth afterwards or, at the very least, rinse their mouth with water.
  • Check the appearance of your child’s teeth regularly. Some children show a high tolerance to pain and might hide the pain of a cavity. Look into your baby’s mouth for dull white, yellowish, or brownish holes or spots near the gums, as cavities often start there. 
  • Take your child to the dentist at least once a year.
Provincial and federal government benefits :
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA. Canada Dental Benefit. 2023.

Learn More (in French)

What to do When a Child Doesn’t Want to Have Their Teeth Brushed?

Some toddlers don’t like having their teeth brushed. Here are some tips to help you still clean your child’s teeth:
  • When the bristles of the toothbrush become curled, it’s time for a change.
  • Start by letting it try on its own. This will be the fun aspect of brushing.
  • Brush your teeth in front of him. Children love to imitate their parents.
  • Grab your child’s attention with a light-up toothbrush, singing a nursery rhyme or asking them to hold a small mirror.
  • Let your child be involved in choosing the flavour of the toothpaste and the model of toothbrush. Switching toothpaste flavours from one brush to another can also be fun for your child.
  • Establish a routine, for example: brushing your teeth, reading, sleeping. Your child might be going through a phase where they don’t want to brush. Let them know that brushing their teeth will still take place and don’t deviate from the routine.


Does your child love being in the water? Would you like to find the pool where you can do a one-off water activity with him/her? 

The Centre Sablon and Solidarité de parents offer two periods of free swimming at the special rate of $5 (for 50 minutes in the pool) for the parent-child duo!


  • For children between 4 months and 7 years old : THURSDAYS between 11:40 am and 12:30 pm
  • For children between 5 and 16 years old: SATURDAYS between 5pm and 5.50pm


514-527-1256 ext. 301 or 308

Swimming Pool: 

Mini swimming pool heated to 31.5 degrees, reserved for a maximum of 10 people, i.e. 5 duos (parent-child). 

Centre Sablon Address: 

4265 Papineau Avenue, MontrĂ©al, H2H 1T3 (corner of Rachel Street, 2 minutes from Lafontaine Park) 

Their parking lot is located on the south side of the building and is accessible from Papineau Street.  Rates: $2.75/hour — $1.25 extra per additional 1/2 hour or $12.50/day.

Please pick up your parking ticket at the vending machine located at the entrance to the parking lot and place it on your dashboard on the driver’s side clearly visible through the windshield.  How to get a parking ticket, click here!


We remind you that you can contact us to join our bank of parents wishing to be matched with another family by writing to

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National Caregiver Week (#SNPPA) will take place from November 5 to 11, 2023 to honour and recognize the immense contribution of caregivers to the community.

On November 8, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Universal Hotel, the “Place aux proches aidants” event will take place, a major Montreal gathering aimed at bringing together individuals and organizations working in caregiving with the aim of celebrating and recognizing the role of caregivers.

Organized by the Regional Roundtable on Caregivers (TCRPAM), we want to highlight and celebrate the essential contribution of caregivers in Quebec society and highlight the realities experienced by APPs as well as the resources that exist to support them. This is MontrĂ©al’s first concerted initiative, aimed at putting the spotlight on this role that is too often invisible.

Registration is free and mandatory.

Learn More (in French)

On November 9, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the “Forum for National Caregiver Week 2023” will be held at the Jewish General Hospital, organized by the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. It will feature information booths on the various services offered to caregivers by the CIUSSS West Central-Montreal and its community partners.

It will also be an opportunity to exchange ideas and network on the theme of caregiving among CIUSSS and community organization stakeholders, as well as caregivers. The event will close with a hybrid webinar (virtual and in-person) featuring speakers from the University Institute SHERPA. (Please note that registration for the in-person webinar must be made separately).

Registration is free and mandatory.

Learn More (in French)

L’Appui proche aidants describes itself as a national partner of the Government of Quebec, and its mission is to improve the quality of life of caregivers. In addition to offering direct services to caregivers throughout Quebec, it supports the community and social economy sector in order to increase and improve the support measures offered to caregivers. 

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Proche aidance Québec was founded in 2000 and brings together 124 community organizations that support caregivers throughout Quebec. The mission of these organizations is to improve the living conditions of caregivers by relieving the impoverishment and exhaustion they experience due to the illness, aging and/or disability of a loved one.

Learn More (in French)


Have you heard of Camp Papillon’s Weekend Respite Days?

Their respite periods are specially designed to provide campers with disabilities with a memorable experience at Camp Papillon while their families take advantage of this precious moment to recharge their batteries. 

Some weekends are dedicated to children/teens and others to adult campers.

The pre-registration period is open!  Here is the pre-registration and information form:

Access the Form

Be aware that a subsidy is available based on family income to make respite more accessible.

Apply for the Grant


Here are the topics and the link to register for the November presentations of L’Accompagnateur. Please take note they are in French.

Thursday, November 9 | 12PM – SAAQ Conference: Behind the Wheel of My Health

Wednesday, November 15 | 7PM – Co-parenting: Teaming up for our children!

Wednesday, November 22 | 6:30PM – The partnership between patients, their families and caregivers: A relationship to be built!

Thursday, November 23 | 7PM – Financial Aid for Graduate Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, November 28 | 6:30PM – Benefits and credits for persons with disabilities and their caregivers

Wednesday, November 29 | 12PM – Discover the new toolbox to better understand aging in people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities

Thursday, November 30 | 12PM – Act upstream in a constructive manner in line with the student ombudsman’s approach

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