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June 2020
The Elder Mistreatment Helpline (LAAA) is a listening and referral phone line specializing in older adults’ mistreatment. It offers services to various types of clienteles and is aimed specifically to older adults in situations of mistreatment, their families and friends, as well as anyone (general public, health and community service providers, professionals) who is concerned about an older adult who seems to be in a situation of mistreatment. https://www.aideabusaines.ca/en/
4Korners would like to thank Centraide for financing the translation of documents specific to services being offered in our MRCs during COVID-19. Documents will be updated here regularly.

Great news! The CISSS des Laurentides has created an English only info site on COVID and is continually adding resources!

The paper version of the English COVID-19 Self-Care Guide will be sent to those who have filed their taxes in English as well as through various major newspapers or click the text to order one, and don't forget to check out the English updates from the government of Quebec regarding Covid-19.
Dialogue McGill’s Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program!
Contact 4Korners for more info and/or visit:
https://www.mcgill.ca/dialoguemcgill/trhpp/m2intro/bursaries
 
Online Activities
4Korners Live Music Sessions on Facebook Live
Did you know 4Korners Live Music Sessions have transitioned to Facebook Live! Now our entire Laurentian community can enjoy local talent from the comfort of home simply by going to our Facebook page at the dates and times listed below.
Click here to watch past performances!

Upcoming sessions:
JUNE 5 AT 7:30 PM - MisterD
MisterD (aka Ken Duff) has been playing music since the age of 14. He has performed in a number of musical groups over the years and currently, with brother Brian, makes up Vankleek Hill based Highway 34. He also plays rhythm guitar and back up vocals for the Top of the Hill band also in Vankleek Hill. Ken founded the popular Vankleek Hill Porchfest and spends much of his time promoting live music anywhere he can.

JUNE 12 AT 7:30 PM - CAROL KELLER

JUNE 19 AT 7:30 PM - LINDA RUTENBERG

JUNE 26 AT 7:30 PM - TBA 
Women's Wellness Active Listening Workshop on Zoom
To register please click here
Need help connecting online? Contact us 1-888-974-3940 or lilia@4korners.org and we’ll help set you up!
First Aid Tips & Techniques on Zoom
To register please click here
Need help connecting online? Contact Josephine 1-888-974-3940 ext. 236 or josephine@4korners.org and she’ll help set you up!
Laughter Yoga on Zoom - Date to be confirmed soon!
To register or for more information contact Betty 1-888-974-3940 ext. 222 or betty@4korners.org
Coping with Arthritis During Social Isolation
CHEP Video Conference on Zoom

To register please contact Melanie Wilson 1-888-974-3940 ext. 231 or melanie@4korners.org
French Conversation Courses on Zoom - Last class June 17th
Course is currently full. Please contact Betty if you would like to have your name placed on the waiting list.
Betty 1-888-974-3940 ext. 222 or betty@4korners.org
Story Time on Facebook Live
Simply visit our Facebook page every Wednesday at 12:30pm

Kids can't get enough of Jaime's story time? Click here to watch past stories over and over...and over again!
Kids Connect on Zoom - Last class June 17th!
To register for upcoming sessions please click here
Need help connecting online? Contact Jaime 1-888-974-3940 ext. 232 or jaime@4korners.org and she’ll help set you up!
Kids Drawing Classes on Zoom - Last class June 22nd!
To register for upcoming sessions please click here
Need help connecting online? Contact Jaime 1-888-974-3940 ext. 232 or jaime@4korners.org and she’ll help set you up!
Parents & Tots has transitioned to Zoom - Program ends June 18th

Tots Time - Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Let your tots interact with others online and benefit from some guided activities.
To register for Tots sessions click here

Parents Time - Thursdays at 2 pm to 3 pm
Take a break and enjoy conversations with other adults while the kids are napping ;)
To register for Parents sessions click here

Need help connecting online? Contact Jaime 1-888-974-3940 ext. 232 or jaime@4korners.org and she’ll help set you up!
Tai Chi classes on Zoom - Last class June 23rd!
To connect by Zoom and to register click here
Need help connecting online? Contact Melanie Wilson 1-888-974-3940 ext. 231 or melanie@4korners.org and she’ll help set you up!

Disclaimer: 4Korners strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge 4Korners from any and all claims or causes of action.

Chair Yoga classes on Zoom
To connect by Zoom and to register click here
Need help connecting online? Contact Melanie Wilson 1-888-974-3940 ext. 231 or melanie@4korners.org and she’ll help set you up!

Disclaimer: 4Korners strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge 4Korners from any and all claims or causes of action.

Drawing Classes on Zoom
To connect by Zoom and to register click here 
Need help connecting online? Contact Melanie Wilson 1-888-974-3940 ext. 231 or melanie@4korners.org and she’ll help set you up!
Contact lilia@4korners.org or 1-888-974-3940
Caregivers Support Group
The responsibilities of caregiving can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration. Caregivers' social lives disappear. Feelings of guilt and exhaustion are normal! 
All calls and emails are confidential. 

Contact lisa@4kornerscenter.org or 450-974-3940
Do you live in the Harrington, Arundel, Tremblant, Morin Heights or Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts area and want to know what is happening in the English-speaking community from others?
Click here for an example
Register to the electronic Community Bulletin Board by sending an email to:
info@4korners.org
4K Community Cup winner of the month! 🏆 
Kathleen Gagne
By: Andie Bennett

Pre-pandemic, Kathleen Gagne estimated she would spend about 1-2 days a week volunteering, be it with 4Korners, with a mobile blood donor clinic, serving on the Lac des Deux Montagne Users' Committee or utilizing her seamstress abilities to help a neighbor. She is an asset to her community in Mirabel and is this month’s winner of the 4K Community Cup. 
Kathleen and I spend the first few minutes of our phone call talking about her hobby farm. I learn that now there is just the one horse, some laying hens, chickens, sheep, four cats and a dog. Hearing the 4Korners volunteer speak about the animals she cares for, including many strays she has taken in for veterinary care and the horse she once sat and read to because he was extremely depressed, it is very clear that caring for other beings is simply part of her DNA. When she describes feeding and caring for squirrels and how to humanely trap house mice, I decide not to mention MY current system that is rather more final.  Caring for animals, be they domesticated or otherwise is just ‘who we are’ Kathleen tells me. She can trace this instinct back to her mother teaching her and her sister to share what little they had if someone was in need.
Kathleen’s journey with 4Korners began 6 years ago when she was looking for somewhere to donate a collection of books she and her sister had long outgrown. Along with the books, Kathleen left her card with 4Korners and was called a month later and asked to start volunteering.  Kathleen says it is one of the best things that could have happened. Recently retired, this gave her a way to continue to connect with people and to be of service, to seek out what needs to be done and do it. “Time is the only thing you really can’t buy,” she tells me, and goes on to talk about the importance of giving freely and checking your ego at the door. A self-described clown, Kathleen has been known to literally don a clown’s nose and go to work in a onesie fleece pyjama. She says she will do anything (with the exception of singing in public—that is a non-negotiable) to help the cause. She also has little time for those who see themselves above washing a floor or doing dishes. “I’ll make you a sandwich and send you on your way,” she says with a laugh (aside: this is now my favorite way to politely tell people where to go).
Although she says she is dealing well with the current isolation measures because she is by nature a solitary person, Kathleen clearly loves a hilarious turn of phrase and enjoys interacting with people. “I will talk to a tree stump,” is how she puts it. We are extremely grateful to have Kathleen as part of the 4Korners volunteer team and we can not wait to have her back as our very own ‘chief cook and bottle washer.’

Need help now?
Text CONNECT to 686868
or call a counsellor:
1-800-668-6868

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