Mansfield August 24, 2023
A mural entitled Always in our Hearts was unveiled at a reception at the CHSLD Manoir Sacré-Cœur on Thursday evening as part of the launch of a fundraising campaign by the CLSC Pontiac Foundation.
Established in 1992, the Foundation organizes and subsidizes a variety of projects, from living environments such as the Manoir, to the purchase of medical equipment for CLSCs throughout the Pontiac, as well as the improvement of homecare services.
The mural is the joint work of artists Mona Durocher and Suzanne Dazé. Foundation president Anne Amyotte says it will play a central role in the Foundation’s current fundraising effort which is to reopen the hairdressing salon at the Manoir to enable residents to have on-site hairdressing services.
As Amyotte describes it, each donor will be given a leaf which will then be placed on the artwork with the inscription of their choice. The leaf can be given in memory of a resident who has passed or simply in the name of the donor. The size of the leaf is proportional to the donation made.
To contribute $40 and obtain a leaf, donors are invited to visit Manoir Sacré-Coeur or one of the Pontiac CLSCs (Chapeau, Quyon, Mansfield, Otter Lake, Shawville or Rapides des Joachims) where they can complete a donation form (cash or cheque only). The Foundation will issue a tax receipt for any donation made to this initiative.
Manoir Sacré-Coeur hosts 40 people, mostly seniors, at its residence in Mansfield and Pontefract, and also welcomes a clientele requiring care on a daily basis. Beyond reopening the home’s hairdressing salon, other pending projects specific to the Manoir will be advanced by the Foundation with any surplus funds raised.
The Foundation is also accepting donations to support other initiatives such as the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment called “FAST Echo” (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Traumas), which will soon be available in the Mansfield CLSC emergency department. This tool will enable faster diagnosis of a patient’s condition, especially in cases of abdominal trauma.
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