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Fall News & Updates

Tyndale Newsletter | Fall 2021

By the Community for the Community – How Little Burgundy comes together to give back

Many kind hearted individuals step through our doors every day to generously contribute their time to Tyndale and the community.

This past year, we have been honoured and privileged to be part of community led initiatives that put at the forefront, the wonderful people of Little Burgundy. From the community supporting numerous successful youth co-op events to neighbours volunteering their time on Saturdays to prepare meals for 150 families, members of our community do not cease to be generous. Although we are still not back to “normal” and times in a pandemic are challenging, individuals continue to support one another and offer help. Ali, a full time medical student, has been helping us navigate AI projects at Tyndale while he juggles full time studies at McGill, and an up-and-coming musician from Little Burgundy, Odreii (@itsodreii) came by to encourage Youth Co-op’s Crispy Co-op event and sang a few songs.

We are forever thankful to all of you who continue to support Tyndale St-Georges, its participants and families through thick and thin.



You can read about the impact Tyndale has had on participants and community members in our past newsletters.

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Family Support Worker

Tyndale is happy to announce that as of September, Steven Valin, has joined the team as our Community Family Support Worker. Steven provides front line assistance for families in need of navigating the various services available, such as mental health, financial, legal and immigration. He is currently helping 9 individuals in need of these services. Steven also facilitates workshops in our Adult and Youth Departments helping them build and develop different skill sets as well as social and emotional competencies. He will be launching a monthly parent support group program for parents of children 0-7 years old. The workshops will provide education around different topics that will be decided by the parents and will contain a peer-support discussion element. Tyndale will be providing a meal and childcare for participants of the Support Group. 

Seniors Program in Full Swing 

As of September, our Seniors Group runs 5 days a week. This is an important and impactful change from their weekly Tuesday gathering. It allows for them to be more active and to fight isolation as they socialize with their peers and other community members on a regular basis. The Seniors Group Program, now known as the Seniors Wellness Centre, offers a full schedule; from cooking workshops, to yoga and light exercises to learning how to navigate the internet, there is enough to keep the participants busy from 10am to 2pm. The full-time program would not have been possible without the support of the Community Health & Social Services Network (CHSSN).

For more information or to join, please contact Iva at 514 931 6265 ext. 27.


We would like to congratulate our seniors on their award for best community garden given by the Arrondissement du Sud-Ouest.

The Seniors Group received a gardening plot only 2 years ago after years of being on the waiting list. We are thrilled that their garden stood out!

A Community Meal Initiative

What started as a one-time event for Ramadan has now become a successful monthly meal project. Once a month a few of our staff members volunteer their time to bring the community together to cook for the love of food and people. Hours are spent prepping, cooking, packaging and distributing in huge quantities to make sure everyone gets their share. More than 150 meals were distributed in October. Now many of our community members await impatiently for their surprise dinner for their families. “As far as the food, I must say it was really good. My kids loved it and how different it tasted, compared to my cooking style. Even my granddaughter loved it and she is an extremely picky eater. This is a good way to get the community together and we hope Tyndale continues this. It’s really appreciated.” – Donna.

Together, staff and volunteers work hard to engage members of Little Burgundy to ensure that no one is forgotten and that everyone is looked out for. Our volunteers, some of them who had never volunteered before, look forward to getting together every month for a good cause.

This project also allowed our teens from the Youth Co-op who helped deliver the meals, to meet, exchange and engage with people from the community. 

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A New Partnership for Success at our Adult Development Centre

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“Dress for the job you want.” Easier said than done… but not at the Adult Development Department! As of this year, a new partnership with the non-profit organization Dress for Success has made it possible for our women enrolled in the Pre-Employment Program to feel empowered and look their best for work.  Many of our participants were matched up with a personal stylist who helped them to elect professional outfits suitable to their chosen career path. All of the clothing and accessories were provided free of charge. Thanks to Dress for Success Montreal, our participants received a boost of confidence and felt better prepared to return to work.

The Adult Development Department is located at 753 rue des Seigneurs, 2 minutes away from our Richmond Square location. Stop by if you have questions regarding our job search program or if you simply would like to use the computer. We would love to meet you!

Who Doesn't Like Hot Sauce!?

Did you know you can make hot sauce with Artificial Intelligence? This summer, the Youth Co-op embarked on an interesting adventure of creating an in-house hot sauce using AI. They had the opportunity to work with Montreal.AI on a food pairing project to create their own hot sauce. They had 5 weeks to learn about food pairing, try different variations, organize a taste testing and explore AI technology to get to a final recipe. Although they are currently all sold out, they hope to produce more this year and sell their hot sauce in Youth Co-op branded bottles. 

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What is the Youth Co-op?

The youth co-op is a project that has been implemented in Quebec for over 25 years. The project is based on education and work related experience in a cooperative business. With the help of two coordinators and a local committee of professionals, 15 youth create and operate a cooperative business in their community. The purpose of the cooperative is for the youth to gain valuable work experience, receive paid contracts for their services and to fundraise.

Are you interested in joining the Youth Co-op? Send us a DM on Instagram @tsg.youth.co_op  

Tyndale Library's Pedagogical Camp

In partnership with Réseau Réussite Montréal, the Tyndale St-Georges Children’s Library was able to offer an 8 week summer camp for the neighbourhood children who were not able to get a spot in other summer camps. 14 Children ages 5 to 10 attended the camp in July and August. Although the main activities were based around reading and literacy, they were able to take advantage of the nice weather as well as participate in group outings to the Lachine Canal and the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History.

Tyndale St-Georges Children’s Library is located inside the Centre at 870 Richmond Square. It’s a space where all children are welcome to gather and improve their literacy skills, learn about and experience the world around them and empower themselves as members of their community.

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