The Corporation de développement communautaire Rimouski-Neigette (CDC RN) launched a new group this morning: the new Vice President of the Corporation, Michel Dubé, accompanied by Guy Labonté, presented the novelties and the elements associated with this launch.
Please note that Mr. Dubé is not the only new member of the Corporation’s board of directors. The new team consists of Lucille Roy, as president, Geneviève Lévesque as treasurer, Nathalie Turgeon and Jacques Métras, both as administrators.
This morning’s meeting made it possible to clarify the mission, values, vision and six areas of intervention and the activities offered for each of these areas for the CDC of Rimouski-Neigette.
Fight against poverty and social justice
The CDC RN, which stems from the Regroupement contre l’impausissement (RCA) Rimouski-Neigette, has a mission to bring together the community organizations of the MRC and aims to encourage the active participation of the community movement in the socio-economic development of its environment.
The Community Development Corporation will also pursue the ideals of the fight against poverty and social justice that inspired the Regroupement contre l’impausissement Rimouski-Neigette.
This became the Regroupement contre l’impoverissement du Bas-Saint-Laurent and was supported by the Community Development Corporations of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and was affiliated with the Collective for a Quebec without Poverty.
The phrase “social justice” defines the values put forth by the Corporation, by what it brings together: democracy, dignity of the person, justice, solidarity, etc.
A long-term project
“Two years ago, just before the pandemic, we brought Amélie Bureau out of Rivière-du-Loup to tell us about the CDC, what it does,” said Guy Labonté.
He explains that by observing what would happen in the other MRCs, in Amqui, Matane, Rivière-du-Loup, Kamouraska, all of which had CDCs, when there were none for Rimouski-Neigette.
“We told ourselves that perhaps having a CDC in Rimouski could extend the mandate of the RCA, with a permanent staff that could manage the entire office of the Corporation. †
“On a Friday evening I received a call from the MP who said to me: Michel, how do I reach all civil society organisations? In Témiscouata it was easy, it went through the CDC des Grandes Marées, the Basques too, but in Rimouski? At that point, I really felt that having a CDC in Rimouski was a structure that was missing,” adds Michel Dubé.
The organization has also just been accredited by the Table nationale des CDC, which opens the door to funding from the Secretariat for Autonomous Community Assistance and Social Initiatives (SACAIS).
The Corporation sets its objectives in seven points:
• Bringing together Community Development Societies (CDC) of non-profit legal entities with a community vocation working in the territory of the MRC Rimouski-Neigette to participate in the social and economic development of the region.
• Bring together civil society organizations concerned with impoverishment, social justice, quality of life and community development.
• Develop community organization through consultation, pooling of resources, service sharing, training, popular education, and any other means deemed relevant by members.
• Stimulate community interest in community development by publicizing resources and their achievements and encouraging the involvement of its members in the local and regional community.
• Increase the credibility and visibility of civil society organizations in the area.
• Defend and promote community development and the interests of members in government and private authorities.
• Promote among the population the principle of the collective solution in response to collective needs.
The Company intervenes according to six components, namely:
- Consultation, Partnership and Representation
- Support, training and development
- Awareness, information and mobilization
- Local development
- Social economy (depending on available resources and time)
- Internal organization and democratic life
It also works from two areas of intervention, through community action and popular education.