SouthWest Children’s Christmas Celebration: Seeking Stocking Stuffers!

For eleven years now, SouthWest Mission in Verdun has focused its energy on reaching out to the community. Once again this December, we are organizing a Christmas Celebration for approximately 100 children in the Verdun area.

Our goal this year is to provide each child with a Christmas stocking that they will “stuff” themselves. At the party, children will participate in fun-in-the-spirit of Christmas activities that in return will give to others (i.e. prepare a Christmas card or message for someone in a seniors’ residence) and then have the opportunity to select “stocking stuffers” for their own stocking.

 In order to make this happen, we are looking for donations of NEW and GENTLY USED stocking stuffers: action figurines, Barbies, games, colouring books, legos,  candies, new mitts and socks… anything that could fit in a stocking! We’re asking you to go through your toy boxes and see what you might pass along. Or what about setting up a box at your workplace? Donations will be received at church on Sunday, or at the Mission during activities there. It’s never a bad idea to call ahead.


La fête des récoltes\ Harvest Party


La fête des récoltes - The Harvest Party 

 Le Centre d’agriculture urbaine, le Grand Potager vous invite à un 5@7 le 12 octobre aux serres municipales de Verdun! Pour ceux qui y étaient l’année passée, vous savez que c’est un évènement à ne pas manquer! Venez célébrer la deuxième année du Grand Potager. Des délicieuses bouchées préparées avec des verdures de nos jardins et des boissons seront au rendez-vous. Nous allons présenter notre vision du site. Venez fêter avec nous! Au plaisir de vous accueillir chez Grand Potager, le centre d'agriculture urbaine de l’ouest de l’îleConfirmez votre présence en cliquant ici. Évènement gratuit

The Grand Potager, Urban Agriculture Centre invites you to un 5@7 on October 12th in the Verdun municipal greenhouses! For those who joined us last year you know what this is an event not to be missed. Delicious snacks made from the greens from our urban gardens, will be served along with some drinks. Join us to celebrate our second year and discover the greenhouses. We will be launching our vision for the site. We look forward to hosting you all at Grand Potager, The Urban Agriculture Centre of the west of the island of Montreal. Confirm your presence now by clicking here. Free event

Visite guidée du Grand Potager -  Guided tour of Grand Potager

21 organismes partageant un espace dédié à l'agriculture urbaine; apprenez-en plus sur l'organisme et visitez les serres. Ce 12 octobre, découvrez des projets d’aquaponie, d'hydroponie, de compostage, de plantes rares et exotiques, de murs végétalisés, d'apiculture et plus! Un lieu unique à Montréal, au coeur de Verdun! Reservez votre place dès maintenant sur Eventbrite! La visite sera suivie de notre Fête des Récoltes annuelle! Soyez des nôtres de 18h00 à 20h et rencontrez certains de nos membres!

Visite bilingue

21 organizations sharing a space dedicated to urban agriculture; learn more about the organization and visit the greenhouses.  On October 12th, discover projects in aquaponics, hydroponics, composting, rare and exotic plants, green walls, beekeeping and more! A unique site in Montréal, in the heart of Verdun! Reserve a spot now on Eventbrite! The visit will be followed by our annual Harvest Party! Join us from 5:30pm to 9pm and meet some of our members!

Bilingual event

Better Together Harvest Party/ Fête des récoltes

With the Harvest Season coming to an end, it is that time of the year to thank mother nature for the bountiful crops she has provided. What better way to celebrate this moment than with a Community Harvest Party? SouthWest is a recipient of a $1000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund. So what are we doing with the money? Having friends over, of course!
Please join SouthWest and their team on Wednesday September 26 for a very special Welcome Wednesday Community lunch at 12:30 and visit our Mini Market for some fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices!
Let’s bring together our partners, our volunteer teams and staff BUT most of all the community; an inclusive community event where people can come and enjoy local music, our market, our food opportunities and share SouthWest’s vision “We provide a table where all are welcome, with food for body, mind and spirit.”

Here’s what Aviva says about their initiative:

We believe that good things happen when people come together. Even great things. We get to know our neighbours. We do things to help each other. We become more resilient. That’s why this year’s theme for the Aviva Community Fund is about bringing people together to create change within our community.


To celebrate 10 years of impact, we’re donating another $1 million to fund charitable initiatives across Canada. Because communities are better together

Congrats to our $1,000 #BetterTogether event winners!


First Meli-Melo of the School Year!

If you look at your calendar, you might notice that September 23rd is actually the 4th Sunday of September, but we’re advertising Messy Church on the 3rd Sunday of the month. What?
You’re right: we’re messing with you. This month our informal celebration is the fourth Sunday, but moving forward it will be the third. If you’re the type who likes to mark their calendar ahead of time, here are the next dates:

October 21st
November 18th

The Children’s Christmas Party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 1st this year. Meanwhile, join us September 23rd at 12:30 for family, food and fun:


Meet the Candidates/ Rencontre avec les candidats


Derrière les partis politiques, il y a des hommes et des femmes engagés. Qui sont-ils? Qui sont les candidats de Verdun aux élections provinciales? Qu’est-ce qui les animent et quels sont leurs enjeux prioritaires? Voilà ce à quoi veut répondre cette rencontre d’idées le 19 septembre à 18h30 à la Mission du Sud-Ouest.

Les 6 candidats de Verdun seront assis chacun à une table et par « tranche » de 12 minutes de petits groupes pourront échanger avec eux sur divers sujets. C’est presqu’un « speed dating politique »! L’idée est de vous donner réellement la chance d’échanger, d’argumenter et surtout de mieux connaître chacun des candidats. Vous pourrez ainsi faire un choix éclairé pour les élections!

Cette événement est ouvert à tous les Verdunois: familles, aînés, franco/anglo... les enfants sont les bienvenue! (Baby friendly)

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Behind the political parties, there are committed men and women. Who are they? Who are #Verdun's candidates in the provincial elections? What drives them and what are their priority issues? That's what this meeting of ideas means to answer on September 19th at 6:30PM at SouthWest Mission.

The 6 candidates from Verdun will each sit at a table and small groups will be able to discuss with them on various topics for 12 minute "slices" of time. It's almost a political speed dating! The idea is to really give you the chance to exchange, to argue and especially to better know each candidate. You will be able to make an informed choice for the elections!

This event is open to all Verduners: families, seniors, franco / anglo ... children are welcome! (Baby friendly)

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September Food Calendars

Did you know that every week day, seniors can drop in to a Snack Bar (casse-croûte) at the Centre des ainés located in the Marcel Giroux community centre, any time between 10AM and 3PM? This is just one resource to discover by consulting these monthly calendars put out by Verdun sans faim. One focuses on community meals, the second on markets, food banks and collective kitchens.

Saviez-vous que chaque semaine, de lundi à vendredi, 10H à 15H, les ainés sont acceuillis au Casse-croûte du Centre des ainés localisé au Centre communautaire Marcel-Giroux? Ceci n'est qu'un des ressources alimentaires à découvrir dans les calendriers mensuels fourmis par Verdun sans faim. Où manger vous dirige vers les repas communautaires; Ou cuisiner est votre resource en épiceries à bas prix et cuisines collectives.

Apple picking/ Ride for Refuge: Two Events with Montreal City Mission


Ride For Refuge - September 29th 2018
The annual bike-a-thon is fast approaching.

Once again WE NEED YOU to make our annual bike-a-thon a success!

In order to sustain our services to vulnerable migrants we need the support of our community of friends more than ever!

Please show your support by biking or walking along with us and making a donation.