The Mauricie CAVAC celebrates its fifteenth anniversary

February 1, 1990, marked the official opening of the crime victims assistance centre in Trois-Rivières, currently known as the Mauricie CAVAC. Fifteen years have since gone by and on October 11 last, the organization hosted a celebration with the Minister of Justice Yvon Marcoux in attendance to proudly look back over its accomplishments over the years.

The occasion lent itself to thanking the many partners of the CAVAC from different sectors: police services, legal and health and social services, and community resources. Year after year, they have helped the CAVAC pursue its mission, which is to offer first-rate services to crime victims, their families and witnesses of crime.

It was also an opportunity to recall the dedication and proficiency of the 171 individuals who have worked for the Mauricie CAVAC in the past 15 years. Whether as employees, volunteers, interns or directors, all have contributed to making the CAVAC what it is today.

The Mauricie CAVAC was proudly represented by the members of its board of directors and the chair, Louise Pagé. In addition, many public figures from the region were present: Julie Boulet, MNA for Laviolette, Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, André Gabias, MNA for Trois-Rivières, Paule Brunelle, MP for the federal riding of Trois-Rivières, Patrick Bégin, Press Attaché for Francine Gaudet, MNA for Maskinongé, and Yves Lévesque, mayor of Trois-Rivières. Yves Guay, Sûreté du Québec Commander, and Benoît Joubert, Vice-President Sales, AssurFinance for Institutions (Central Québec) at Desjardins Financial Security, addressed the assembled guests.

The Minister of Justice, Yvon Marcoux, emphasized the involvement and dedication of Solange Dupuis-Lamothe, a volunteer who retired from the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec region and is a member of the board of directors. Congratulations!

Ms. Dupuis-Lamothe took the opportunity to hand out a thank-you note highlighting the teamwork and involvement of all the people who have contributed to the CAVAC's development.

Benoît Villemure, a financial management officer with the Agence de développement de réseaux locaux de services de santé et de services sociaux of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec region, was given a memento in appreciation of his 15 years of service as a member of the Maurice CAVAC board of directors. Many thanks to Mr. Villemure!

Claudine Laurin, acting director of the Bureau d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (BAVAC), and Paul Monty, associate deputy minister with the public prosecutors directorate, the Direction générale des poursuites publiques (DGPP) of the Ministère de la Justice, also attended the event.

The CAVAC's spokesperson, Martin Larocque, addressed the guests. His presence was greatly appreciated. Thank you, Mr. Larocque, for your visit to the Mauricie!

The 18,187 requests for services that have been handled by the Mauricie CAVAC since its founding are proof that the organization meets a true need in the community. And it is with further challenges and projects that the Centre intends to maintain and consolidate its services in the years to come.

The event was a success thanks to the team of workers of the Mauricie CAVAC, who rallied together not only to welcome the guests, but also to organize the celebration.

The current team of Mauricie CAVAC workers

Seated: Geneviève Desjarlais, bachelor in psychoeducation, Isabelle Déraspe, bachelor in humanities.

Centre: Mylène Bureau, criminology intern, Annie Plamondon, psychoeducator, Sylvie Biscaro, director, psychoeducator, Guylaine Magny, clinical director, social worker, Justine Robert, specialized education technician.

Back: Steeve Villeneuve, office clerk, administration and cooperation technician, Éric Malo, criminologist, Dave Lysight, social worker.