The NDG Community Council is a not-for-profit organization ( Informally started in 1942 and formally registered in September 29, 1948 ) that acts to promote, improve and sustain the well-being of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce community and its residents. The Council is one of 30 Tables de Quartier on the Island of Montreal, each with the mandate of bringing together and mobilizing various actors in its territory (community organizations, associations, institutions, the private sector) as well as residents to involve them in a concerted effort to identifying community needs, setting priorities for action, as well as ensuring implementation and follow-up. The Council is governed by a Board of Directors made up of 12 members
To promote, improve and support the well-being of the community of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and its residents. The Council serves as hub for networking and a community information center for the district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. It works with residents and organisations through community organising and support to address issues of concern and to find solutions. The Council places an emphasis the quality of life, social justice and the involvement of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce residents.
In order to realise its mission the Council plays several roles :
CONCERTATION Local committees , Round table and Strategic plan
The Council facilitates collective action in an integrated manner to effectively improve the quality of life in NDG. By creating spaces and opportunities for local actors to meet, understand each other, and mobilize around common issues we have been able to increase our collective action, develop leadership and maximize impact. The Council is an active member of many sectoral tables, working groups, regional coalitions and Borough committees.
SERVICE (Housing service , Tax Clinics , information referrals) the Council act as a hub of community resources, the Council provides residents and community organizations with information and support on a daily basis.
MOBILISATION ( Public Assemblies and Forums , Events and Neighbourhood Festivals in NDG, Supporting Local initiatives in NDG) The Council support groups of local residents who want to make a difference in their community and to spearhead as well as facilitate mobilization efforts around issues of common concern in the community.
Local initiatives in NDG supported by the Council
The Council prides itself on being an organisation for the residents; resident mobilization is at the root of our very existence.. The following are a summary of some of these initiatives we are supporting 2016-2017
The NDG Art Hive / La Ruche d’Art de NDG is a successful neighbourhood-based arts and culture social economy start-up project, born from a group of talented, driven citizens in the St-Raymond’s neighbourhood in southern NDG.
Bienvenue à NDG a community organisation that brings stability, opportunity, and friendship to newly arrived immigrants
NDG Coalition for Food Security
Food security is of utmost importance to the quality of life of NDG residents and it is with enthusiasm that the Council is a fiduciary for the NDG Good Food Market, an initiative that brings fresh and affordable produce to NDG’s dinner tables. The market is not only a provider of excellent produce, but also a space for sharing and leisure.
NDG Christmas Community Dinner
A volunteer-run Christmas Day event of food and fellowship! This thirty-year-old tradition serves festive meals to the community as a means to promote cultural exchange, along with live entertainment, games and gifts for the kids.
Organized exclusively by an army of volunteers, this Christmas Day event of food and fellowship has been running for more than thirty
Porchfest NDG an annual music festival. This event brings together residents and musicians for a weekend of singing, dancing, and music.