The lead community partners are members of the Inter-Neighbourhood Coalition and signatories to the partnership with the MUHC. As said, co-applicants from these organizations, many of whom have academic research experience, will jointly set research agendas, contribute to research and help to translate findings in new practices. Established in 2001, the Inter-Neighbourhood Coalition set an historic precedent by drawing together diverse community organisations across institutional and geographic boundaries. At the core of the Inter-neighbourhood Coalition are organisations with three different foci, namely:
- social and economic development (RESO and CDEC);
- living conditions of the community and improving participation in collective decision-making (Solidarité St Henri, the Westmount Municipal Association and the NDG Community Council); and
- health and well-being (three community health service providers, the CSSSs).
The nine core groups play a leadership role in their respective neighbourhoods. They also collaborate with other groups on different issues such as housing development, senior services, food security and access to employment. They have been joined by Montreal Urban Community Sustainment (MUCS), an environmental non-profit organization with expertise in design, and strong links to academic and community partners, and Mobiligo, a centre de gestion des déplacements that works to develop alternatives to low-occupancy vehicle use.
CDEC Côte-des-Neiges/Notre-Dame de Grâce
The Corporation de développement économique communautaire CDN-NDG (CDEC) is a well-networked in its borough and across the island, and exercises leadership in the social and economic development of its neighbourhood. Funded by all three levels of government but self-governing, this locally rooted NGO has been active for over fifteen years. With a core staff of 14+, it manages loan funds and grant funds (social economy, youth entrepreneurship and job training). The CDEC, like RESO, will enable community consultation around key themes related to their mission, help take action-research projects from idea to reality, provide staff support for partnership activities, and help coordinate the work of development partners in the course of the CURA project.
Contactivity Centre is a non-profit community centre for active seniors and retirees. The centre offers various courses, hosts a number of interest groups, provides computer and internet facilities, and organizes social events.
CSSS Cavendish (CLSC)
CSSS de la Montagne (CLSC)
CSSS Sud-Ouest-Verdun (CLSC)
The Centres de santé et de services sociaux (CSSSs, or re-formed CLSCs) are neighbourhood-based community health centres that have a joint mandate of providing front-line health care and referral, and fostering sustainable community development. All CSSSs employ community organisers who work in collaboration with neighbourhood organisations to address community concerns such as food security, care for the elderly and affordable housing. They also conduct and publish research on community conditions. They are key partners in furthering the CURA’s agenda of developing our knowledge of community health and our ability to improve it.
Each CSSS has deep roots in its respective neighbourhood and an extensive track-record in serving the community. Organisers from the CSSS Cavendish (NDG) are leading the development of a foodsecurity project in Saint Raymond (immediately adjacent the MUHC) that will see the creation of a community-controlled kitchen and a meals-on-wheels service. Additionally, the Centre affilié universitaire (CAU) of CSSS Cavendish, with its expertise in social gerontology, represents an important resource for academic researchers and student interns working on individual pieces of research under the CURA project. Organisers from the CSSS de la Montagne have played a leadership role in the activities of the CDEC CDN-NDG since 1992 and in the development of day-cares, seniors’ day centres, youth programs and non-profit housing. The CSSS Sud-ouest/Verdun, through its CLSC St-Henri office, has been a key actor, in close collaboration with Solidarité St-Henri, in the delivery of health, social and community services for the past 30 years.
NDG Community Council
The NDG Community Council (the city’s oldest community council, active for over 60 years) is a long-standing community organization that broadly represent local residents. It brings to the CURA its experience in the organization of broad-based community consultations and in the incubation and implementation of new community initiatives
Regroupement économique et social du Sud-Ouest (RESO)
The Regroupement économique et social du Sud-Ouest (RESO) is a well-networked in its borough and across the island, and exercises leadership in the social and economic development of its neighbourhood. Funded by all three levels of government but self-governing, this locally rooted NGO has been active for over fifteen years. With a core staff of 30+, it manages loan funds and grant funds (social economy, youth entrepreneurship and job training). The RESO, like CDEC, will enable community consultation around key themes related to their mission, help take action-research projects from idea to reality, provide staff support for partnership activities, and help coordinate the work of development partners in the course of the CURA project.
Solidarité St Henri is an umbrella organization drawing together an array of groups around common neighbourhood concerns. Historically, it has used an effective blend of confrontation and program development to achieve neighbourhood goals in the realms of urban planning, housing and social development.
Westmount Municipal Association (WMA)
The Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) has built an excellent network throughout Westmount and has well-established links with the Westmount Healthy City Project (active for nearly 20 years) and the Contactivity Seniors’ Centre. It has played an effective role in generating involvement in local issues that may affect the quality of life of residents. The WMA has brought strong leadership, effective public participation and good political connections to the Interneighbourhood Coalition and will continue to draw on these strengths throughout the CURA project.