The Community Education Pavilon of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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During a festive cocktail on September 8, the Pavillon d’éducation communautaire Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (PEC-HM) celebrated its 50 years of existence. The organization, founded in 1972 by and for the citizens of the borough, has given itself the mission of responding to the educational needs of adults in the midst of an economic and social crisis.

PEC-HM officials recalled the support of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) who, at the time, joined with a group of citizens to promote the founding of this community center. “We cannot overlook your contribution to this project, because we know the quality of your presence in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood,” said Martha Ortiz, Executive Director.

Throughout the years, the PEC-HM has been able to defend the place of popular education and contribute to giving participants confidence and a renewed desire to learn. “Education does not just happen at school” says Sr. Claudette Bastien, a member of the Quebec Leadership Team, who praises the initiatives that have been put forward, particularly through technology and the arts. “It is inspiring to see how Mother Marie-Rose’s vision for education, in all its forms, to foster the full development of the person, is still being realized today.”

These words echo those of the executive director, who acknowledges that “the initial intuition which has evolved throughout the years, has never wavered.” Today, the organization offers a wide range of activities to people of all ages. The event brought together many public figures, including Louise Harel, honorary president, and the organization’s volunteers and partners. 

“We applaud the involvement of all those who, throughout the years, have enriched the lives of thousands of Hochelaga residents by giving them confidence in their ability to take concrete action to improve their quality of life,” concluded Sabrina Fauteux, Chair of the PEC-HM Board of Directors.

Photo credits : PEC-HM