We pay tribute to Renée Turcotte, the woman who embodied the spirit of dedication, compassion, and commitment within Solidarité de parents as Executive Director between 1994 and 2023. The authentic testimonies we have received paint a vivid picture of the extraordinary person she is and the tremendous impact she has had on the lives of so many.
Renée is an exceptional person, known for her kindness, her warmth, and her dedication. Her 29 years of unconditional service has left an indelible mark on the soul of SPPH. Her unwavering dedication to supporting parents of people with disabilities, through programs, activities, and an equally loving and welcoming team, is a living testament to her commitment to our cause. Renée has instilled in our organization a human value and work ethic that has elevated our mission to unparalleled heights.
Humanity is the quality that constantly comes up to describe Renée. She is living proof that at the top, you can shine and still be authentic. Her natural and exceptional leadership is based on human values, an ability to listen and boundless benevolence. She attracts esteem through her convictions and her social conscience, stimulated by the innovative projects in which she believes.
Her vision, tenacity and leadership have been the driving force behind initiatives and have left a deep imprint on our organization’s history, positively impacting many lives. She has been able to bring people together, collaborate and encourage change for the well-being of our community. Let’s remember some of Renée’s remarkable accomplishments:
- In 1996, financial support was obtained from Health Canada’s Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) to hire a counsellor, which significantly increased the number of member families and diversified their profile.
- In the year 2000, the music therapy program was created, bringing new hope and therapeutic support to young adults with multiple disabilities aged 21 and over.
- In 2006, the PHAS movement was born, creating a common front of different actors demanding access to services for people with disabilities and their loved ones, a major milestone in our commitment to advance the rights and quality of life of this community following the broadcast of the documentary Medicine Under the Influence.
- In 2008, during the Salon du Livre de Montréal, the collection of testimonies of the members of Solidarité de parents was launched, published by Éditions du CHU Ste-Justine: Je serai toujours là pour toi.
- In 2010, production and launch of the awareness-raising DVD Histoire de familles, d’amour et de défis in collaboration with the Centre St-Pierre.
- In 2016, the “Respite” portal was created and put online, marking a major milestone in facilitating access to respite services for families across the province.
- In 2019, launch of “Chantier répit”, a bold project that will give birth to “Répit Québec” in 2023, an innovative program offering essential support to families.
Renée’s departure will leave a void, but her legacy will live on in our memories.
On behalf of all members of the Board of Directors, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your invaluable contribution to our cause. We wish you a serene and prosperous retirement. May the challenges ahead be as rewarding as those you have faced with such passion and dedication.
With gratitude and respect,
Members of the Board of Directors