Open Air Coffee Hour with Local Councillors / Café-rencontre plein air


This invitation comes from Marie-Andrée Mauger, one of our borough councillors. The piece of land being discussed is right up the block from the church. Come by on September 21st and have your say!

On Saturday, September 21st, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., join Sterling Downey, Luc Gagnon, and myself in the green space at the intersection of Ouimet and Clémenceau Streets in Crawford Park for an open-air coffee hour. There are plans to develop a public place in this overlooked spot which connects to Queen Elizabeth Park via a pathway. It's a forgotten jewel that needs some TLC! We'll also canvass local residents on the possibility of a "Play in the Street" initiative for Foch, Lloyd George, and Dunver Crescents. Join us to share your visions for Crawford Park. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Le samedi 21 septembre entre 13h et 15h, Sterling Downey, Luc Gagnon et moi-même vous invitons à un café-rencontre en plein air dans l’espace vert angle Ouimet et Clémenceau dans Crawford. Un projet de placette publique est envisagé dans cet espace oublié qui connecte au parc de la Reine-Élizabeth via un sentier. Un joyau de Crawford à mettre en valeur. Aussi, avec la volonté des résidents, une initiative «Jouer dans la rue» pourrait voir le jour dans les croissants Foch, Llyod-George et Dunver. Venez nous parler de vos idées et souhaits pour le secteur Crawford. Au plaisir!


Chez Doris seeks donations

As you may have heard in the news, the downtown women’s shelter Chez Doris is in dire need of donations of clothing for the growing number of homeless women who use their services. In particular, they are seeking new women’s underwear in all sizes, as well as footless leggings. They will take used clothing as long as it is clean and undamaged. The same goes for bedding.

If you have items to donate, let’s collect them in the trusty box in the church entrance (yes, the one with the Christmas wrapping!) and I will bring them to Chez Doris towards the end of September.


The History Project 1

UPDATE: Thanks to Sandra Allen and others, we think we have all the names! This was a UCW luncheon for senior members given by “junior” members, in December 1995.

Front row: Louise Smith, Myrtle Buchanan, Bunny Craig, Gladys Bush, Mary McDowall(?), Phyllis Dearn (?), Marg Bowker

Back row: Vera Leszkowicz, Agnes Ackerman, Jean Gillebrand, Hazel Long, Jean Gallup, June Pettes, Pauline Anderson, Doris Purcell, Lina Ludlow, Iris Allen.


Here at SouthWest, we have a lot of history! We can trace it all the way back to 1899 with the founding of Verdun Methodist Church. A lot of paperwork was recently sent to the National Archives, but we still have heaps of photos lying around that are not labelled. The image above just says “1995” on the back, but none of the ladies are identified. It was taken in our church hall (Crawford Park United at the time) and the matching corsages suggest the ladies were being honoured for something. With your help, I’m hoping to put names to as many faces as possible. Call or e-mail the office if you can help! 514-768-6231.

Also, a few weeks back, along with an interview, I ran a wedding picture of Dorothy and Dennis Brown, with Rev. Jones at Verdun United. It seems that wedding couples were often posed in a similar way as they signed the register. The picture below recently came to light. Can anyone identify the couple? Do you have your own wedding photo to add to the collection? I’d love to hear from you.



Breakfast Club needs a stove

Having our office and Mission located in Verdun Elementary School for twelve years, we formed ties with the staff and students there, ties that remain even though we are no longer a daily presence. Our commitment to VES can be seen in the School Supplies drive undertaken this August.

The Breakfast Club program at VES was always a partnership between the school and the Mission, and we are happy that it will continue in the space. Although we are no longer there, feeding schoolchildren is still a cause the SWU congregation feels strongly about. We will continue to support the Breakfast Club as we are able.

That said, we’ve been informed that one of the two stoves the Breakfast Club uses is kaput! They are looking for a donation of a second-hand stove in working order, preferably with delivery, but that can be discussed. Their wish list also includes new or next-to-new cookie sheets.

If you or someone you know is getting rid of an old stove, please get in touch with the SouthWest office. 514 768-6231.

Thank you.

Bingo September 7th

As promised, SouthWest Bingo returns this Saturday after the summer break, and the usual suspects will be back and as competitive as ever! Cost at the door is $5, which gets you your first bingo card and a ticket for the (cash) door prize. Additional bingo cards can be bought for 50 cents. Doors open at 12:00, play begins at 1PM and refreshments are available (donations gratefully accepted).

SouthWest Bingo takes place the first Saturday of each month. Here are upcoming dates:

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September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

School supplies: Thank you for your generosity


Once again, the SouthWest congregation has shown it may be small but its heart is big. A call to donate school supplies was answered enthusiastically over the last few weeks. On Thursday I met up with Natalie Lalonde (“Miss Natalie”) at Verdun Elementary and turned over three boxes of notebooks, duo tangs, pencils, crayons, markers, glue sticks and much more. We may no longer have the Mission in the school, but the relationship with the children and teachers of VES continues. Blessings on everyone who made this happen.


Collecting School Supplies


We are collecting school supplies to help out teachers and families at Verdun Elementary. Please leave donations in the big box at the church entrance or call the office (514) 768-6231 to arrange to drop supplies off during the week. If you’re not sure what to bring, you can never go wrong with duo tangs, pencils, large glue sticks or Crayola markers! Amy will bring everything over to VES the first week of September.

Save those milk bags!

Summerlea United Church in Lachine has an amazing ongoing project of weaving mattresses for the homeless out of plastic milk bags. Between January and June of this year they delivered 25 mattresses and five smaller seats to the Open Door Shelter on Park Avenue. Although they have a lot of groups helping them collect milk bags, they can never have enough, as it takes 450 bags to make the large mattresses and approximately 160 for the smaller cushions (that’s 12050 milk bags used in just the first half of 2019)!
The SouthWest Community can help by saving the bags whenever you buy 4 litres of milk. All brands and colours of bags are welcome, as they just make the mattresses more colourful. Drop them off on Sunday or call ahead to bring them by during the week. When we have collected a good number, Amy will deliver them to Summerlea.

Two Summerlea volunteers with a milk bag mattress.

Two Summerlea volunteers with a milk bag mattress.

Pieces of history


This pamphlet was discovered among some old Verdun United files. Featuring songs from O Canada to Oh! Susannah, it’s barely bigger than a cheque book. Sponsored by Tooke Brothers manufacturing, which used to be on de Courcelle Street, it also features ads for some of their products. Whenever it was published (1950s?) you could get a dress shirt or a pair of tailored pyjamas for $4.95! Anybody remember using this for singalongs? Contact the office if you have memories to share.