Workshop: HELP is on the way! How to Offer, Give and Receive Help

We all love to help, but it can be frustrating. Avoid being resented, resisted or refused, at home, at work or with friends. Why is help not always helpful? Listen, learn and connect with others to offer or receive help.

The workshop is open to community groups, health professionals, youth 16+, seniors and families!

Please see details in the attached poster photo!

Leonardo Da Vinci Centre Open House Fair

April 28th, 29th, 30th and May 1st!

Special Needs Forum: See the future of DI-TSA services

How will the new MSSS Action Plan on Autism Spectrum Disorder improve services to minority English-speaking communities?


Today – Thursday, April 27, 2017

Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, 8370 boul. Lacordaire, Saint-Léonard

At the Galleria, on the 2nd floor

Parkinson Canada English-speaking support group in St. Leonard

Parkinson support groups enable people who are facing similar challenges to share experiences, and resources in a supportive environment. The goal is to help participants deal positively with this life-changing condition.

Parkinson support groups are led by a professional facilitator and light refreshments are available. Support group meetings are offered free of charge, but registration is required.

To register: 1-800-565-3000 x 3397 or

Dates: November 15, December 13, January 24, February 21, March 21

Location: Leonardo Da Vinci Center, 8370 boul. lacordaire, Saint-Léonard, QC  H1R 3Y6

Information Sessions on Families in Transition – Building Lasting Co-Parenting Relationships


Every year, thousands of Quebecers experience the break-up of their families and a growing number are experiencing co-parenting living. Separations, remarriage, forming new partnerships and divorce are impacting the lives of parents and their children on a daily basis. Consequentially for some families, a variety of struggles can occur. The task of re-building lives while maintaining family relations in the midst of change often requires outside intervention and services which are either inadequate or not readily available.

REISA is committed to supporting these families and  will be providing monthly information sessions aimed at creating a space to help families navigate the separation process. Meetings will be held at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre and will be led by Dominic D’Abate of Consensus Mediation Center with the presence of a lawyer. Please consult our calendar of events for the dates of our monthly meetings.

If you are a professional who is interested in this topic, there is an accredited course outlining the legal context of working with families. You can find out more by consulting the Argyle Institue website in the continuing education section:


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CIUSSS de-l’est-de-l’île-de-Montréal now has mobile intervention services

The CIUSSS de-l’est-de-l’île-de-Montréal now has mobile intervention services in the east end!CIUSSS est

This service called, Équipe mobile Résolution, regroups different health professionals such as social workers, nurses and psychoeducators to help people and their loved ones in psychological distress.

Their services, including house calls, are available everyday from 7 am – 11 pm, along with a 24h telephone helpline. You can contact the Équipe mobile Résolution at 514-351-9592.

Health passport for Montreal East

Through funding and support from the CHSSN, REISA has produced a Health Passport for Montreal East. The goal of this guide is to make it easier for an English-speaking person to communicate with French-speaking health professionals. The health passport web application has been designed to help you and your family keep track of essential health information and puts helpful words and phrases at your fingertips.

Check it out on our website!

Highlights from REISA: 2015-2016

One year in action – a brief summary of highlights from REISA’s 2015-2016 year.

Don’t miss REISA’s Annual General Meeting, to be held on June 30, 2016!

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Centre of Dreams and Hopes Snoezelen Room Grand Opening

After 3 years in the making, REISA is pleased to announce that the Centre for Dreams and Hopes opened its doors to the community for the grand opening of their Snoezelen Room. Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environments offer a relaxed atmosphere with pleasant surroundings, soothing sounds, captivating aromas, tactile experiences, massage and vibration, vibrosonic sensations, and gentle movement.

Snoezelen rooms provide the tools and a suitable, gradable, and safe environment in which professionals can carry out assessments and interventions. The Snoezelen Room Grand Opening was held on Tuesday, March 22, and was a great success with a lot of community support.