Les Enfants de l’Espoir is a non-profit community-based organization in Gatineau, Canada. It's mission is to provide support to families where socioeconomic poverty affects the normal development of children.
The community-based organization, Les Enfants de l’Espoir de Hull, was created in the autumn of 1995 upon the recognition of a pressing need in providing support to families, experiencing hardship, with children aged from 0 to 5 years.
The initiative, in itself, was based on a similar concept from the Hochela-Maisonneuve neighbourhood in Montreal. It was presented to stakeholders from CLSC de Hull, Centre Jeunesse de l’Outaouais and selected community groups. An awareness campaign ensued and resulted in the foundation of “Les Enfants de l’Espoir de Hull” organization with the following mandate:
“Provide an integrated approach to off-grid customers displaying severe family dysfunction having grave repercussions on children’s future outlook.”
The Centres Jeunesse de l’Outaouais then offered, at no cost, an office (located at 39 Richard Street) shared with l'Association des Familles Monoparentales de l”Outaouais. Since that time, the organization has expanded its customer base of parents, with young children, from île de Hull. Numerous activities have been established with the goal of supporting families and children development.
A provisional board of directors had the responsibility of operating the organization until 11 February 1997 when an official board of directors was put in place during the foundation assembly. Patent letters were obtained on 10 July 1996.
Tara Whissel - General director
Chantal Clément - Administrative assistant
Natasha Jackson - Community animator
Marie-Eve Lemay Morel - Development agent
Laurence Benoit-Tessier - Special education technician
Matthew Hue - President
Marie-Claude Giasson - Vice-presidente
Chantal Renaud - Treasurer
Lisette Contois - Secretary
François Charbonneau - Administrator
Charlène Thivierge - Administrator
Benjamin Beauchamp - Administrator
Chantal Ducharme-Lefebvre - Parent member
Erica Harris - Parent member
Tara Whissel - General Director
Les Enfants de l”Espoir de Hull’s main objective is to help impoverished families, who are experiencing difficult situations, become independant in every aspect of their lives in society and their environment.
- Provide accompaniment to families
- Provide an accessible locale to families
- Allow children from the area to participate in activities, free of charge or at low cost
- Promote the integration of newcomers into the area
- Promote family implication in their living environment
- Promote child development
- Develop educational activities, humanitarian and social support services to benefit families