Merger of the St-Pat’s Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Que­bec So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Stoke

After 70 years of ex­is­tence, the St. Pat’s Camp in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Stoke could now in­clude ser­vices to chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties of the East­ern Town­ships as the mem­bers of the St. Pat’s Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion have unan­i­mously ap­proved, dur­ing their gen­eral meet­ing of Septem­ber 13, 2014, the merger of the As­so­ci­a­tion and the Que­bec So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren.

This his­tor­i­cal decision sets the frame­work of dis­cus­sions aimed at of­fer­ing to the Que­bec So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren the full man­age­ment of the St. Pat’s Camp and the cre­ation of a pro­gram of adapted recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for dis­ad­van­taged and dis­abled young­sters in the East­ern Town­ships.

“The merger of the St. Pat’s Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Que­bec So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren would pro­vide the St. Pat’s Camp the means to ad­e­quately re­spond to the needs of the re­gion’s youth”, de­clared the Pres­i­dent of the St. Pat’s Old Boys As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr. Lawrence Pye.

As for the Pres­i­dent of the Que­bec So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren, Mr. Jean Duch­es­neau, he was pleased with the decision of the St. Pat’s Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion, in­di­cat­ing that it was “a splen­did op­por­tu­nity for the So­ci­ety to con­tinue to forge ahead with its ob­jec­tives to re­gional- ize its ser­vices for the ben­e­fit of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties through­out Que­bec”.

In­deed, after Camp Papil­lon in Lanaudière and Colonie Les Bos­quets in the Mon­térégie area, the St. Pat’s Camp would be the third ma­jor site for adapted recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties op­er­ated by the Que­bec So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren.

In the East­ern Town­ships, close to 3,000 chil­dren and young­sters un­der the age of 24 live with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties.

The merger of the St. Pat’s Old Boys As­so­ci­a­tion and the Que­bec So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren rep­re­sents 151 years of ser­vices to dis­ad­van­taged and dis­abled youth.

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