Community Organisations

Westmount has a variety of interesting, distinct and involved community groups that reflect the diversity and energy of its residents. If you are looking to practice a hobby like gardening, to get involved in volunteer work, or to learn more about local history and politics, chances are that you will find an organisation that shares your interests. We invite you to browse the full list of local non-profit community groups, and see if one might be right for you.

1090 Avenue Greene

Information     514 931-6202

Web site     www.centregreene.org

Centre Greene is as an independent, not-for-profit, community organization dedicated to providing quality recreational, social, and cultural services to the community at large regardless of gender, age, race, ethnic group, ability, or socioeconomic status.

Since 1989, Centre Greene has operated as a non-profit charitable organization offering community recreation programs, affordable rental spaces, and sliding scale discounts for low-income families.

Information     514 932-2326

Web site     www.contactivitycentre.org

This not-for-profit, non-denominational organization has been serving seniors since 1972. Located at 4695 De Maisonneuve Boulevard W., it is open year-round, Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and encourages the active involvement of seniors in a variety of programmes.

Contactivity offers Westmount seniors a variety of activities and programmes, including twice-weekly community meals, courses ranging from Tai Chi to history, and everything in-between, day trips, restaurant outings, arts and crafts, bridge and chess groups, and watercolouring sessions. It also offers a range of home-support services, such as assistance with grocery shopping, accompaniment to medical appointments, a shared taxi service for seniors with poor mobility, as well as a volunteer-run daily telephone check-in service for those who live alone. Information and referrals are also provided on different senior-related topics. Annual membership is $10.

Information     514 484-2016

Web site    www.theatrewestmount.com

Dramatis Personae, Westmount’s Community Theatre, meets from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday evenings in Victoria Hall, under the direction of Jacqueline van de Geer.

The group puts on two shows each year. The fall show features a number of short plays intended as a workshop presentation. The spring show is a full-length play. We are looking for enthusiastic people who love theatre – actors, as well as other creative people who want to be involved in production, publicity and stage management. Experience is not necessary.

Westmount Public Library is proud to have a Friends of the Library group.

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Victoria Hall

Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library. All proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the library.

If you have any books in prime condition that you wish to donate for the sale, you may bring them to the Library at any time.

Become a friend of the Library

This non-profit group was established in February 2000.

The members are volunteers who offer to contribute their time, skills, experience and energy to the Library. Their purpose is to stimulate interest in the Library’s resources and facilities and to raise funds to improve the Library’s collections and services.

Information: Carolyn O’Neill 514 483-5604 orcemoneill@yahoo.com.

Information     514 483-3997

Web site     www.girlguides.ca

Girl Guides of Canada offers programmes that provide opportunities for fun, friendship, adventure, personal and leadership development for girls ranging from five to 17 years of age. Leaders 18 and over have opportunities for training, personal growth and travel.

401, Kensington Avenue

Information     514-931-7451

E-mail     louis.touyz@mcgill.ca

Web Site     http://bowlswestmount.ca/

The LBC, which operates from May through October invites all Westmounters to try Lawn Bowling on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (Please wear flat-sole shoes, no heels). First-year players can benefit from a reduced membership rate and have the use of club bowls for one year. Junior players are particularly welcome.

Information     514 937-9471

Web site     www.theshaar.org

“Open Gate” is a weekly seniors’ day program offered by the Leisure Institute of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. Every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., participants take part in a variety of activities including bridge, sing-alongs, dancing, art, exercise classes, lunch bingo and lively discussions of current events.

The Montreal Welsh Male Choir has a present membership of about 25 members. The choir has warmed the hearts of hundreds of Quebecers during their Christmas and Spring concerts. It is also proud to have performed for annual events such as Remembrance day activities at the Saint Anne de Bellevue Veterans Hospital and the annual St David’s Ball, held to celebrate St. David’s day. The choir also sings the National Anthem at sporting and community events. While most events are local ones the choir has also been present for national and international celebrations of Welsh vocal music including those in Britain and more recently in the United States where we were part a 400 male voice choir featuring baritone Bryn Terfel at the world renowned Carnegie Hall.

The choir’s annual repertoire is focused on two seasons:

Winter Concerts. In the past the choir has performed three or four major concerts each Christmas season focusing on traditional music, and two or more smaller events at Senior’s Residences.

Spring Concerts. Normally two major concerts are performed in May/June to celebrate the arrival of the earth’s rebirth.

In addition to regular events the choir responds to special community requests including singing the national anthem at sports games, celebrating the life of departed member of our community and joining with Choral Festivals. Also, as previously noted, major tours are periodically planned so as to sing with other male choirs. Visiting choirs frequently come from other provinces or the United States.

If you would like to have the choir perform at your event, sporting or otherwise, please contact Andrew Macdougall  andrewmac@videotron.ca   514 937 5527.

Information     514 935-3344

Web site     www.rotarywestmount.org

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. Founded in 1930, the Rotary Club of Westmount continues to develop and promote many projects, demonstrating enthusiasm and dedication to the community.

Information     514 937-5527

Web site     http://www.scoutswestmount.ca

Scouts Canada offers fun and exciting outdoor adventure for boys, girls and youth from age 5 to 26. The Scout programme emphasizes having fun while learning new skills. Crafts, games, music and the outdoors are just some of the activities that are organised on a weekly basis. The Scout programme also helps youth age 18-26 to expand their leadership skills with the opportunity to camp, travel and meet with Scout groups from around the world.

Information     514 715-7445
E-mail     division178@qc.sja.ca

The St. John Ambulance, Division 178, is a volunteer-based unit that trains twice a month in Westmount. Its mandate is to assist the City by providing first aid services during major events, emergencies and/or other incidents when required.

401, Kensington avenue

Information     514 485-6454

Courriel     bmparker@videotron.ca

The Westmount Croquet Club, which operates from May through October, invites all Westmounters to try croquet at the Lawn Bowling green beside City Hall on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Beginners will have the use of club equipment, receive free instruction and benefit from reduced membership fees.

Information     assocpropriochienswestmount@gmail.com

December 2013

Special message from the new Westmount Dog Owners Association

You are invited to join the Westmount Dog Owners Association (WDOA). We are re-activating the WDOA to give dog owners a greater voice in the public life of Westmount. The City Council has recommended the re-establishment of this association.

Why is this important?

Dog owners represent an important constituency in Westmount, and contribute greatly to the vibrancy, connectivity, and well-being of our city. There are over 900 dog licenses issued annually in Westmount, but currently there is no channel for dog owners and their pets to have their interests represented in an organized way. The WDOA is being re-established to achieve the following objectives :

  • To encourage responsible dog ownership in Westmount;
  • To keep dog owners informed of important issues that might affect them and their pets;
  • To speak with a unified voice on behalf of the dog owner community on matters of public policy (e.g. the number and locations of dog runs in the city and potential access restrictions at Summit Woods).

What can you do?

Please join the WDOA! Simply send us an email with your name, address and (optional) phone number at westmountdogownersassociation@gmail.com. There is no cost to be a member of the WDOA, and we will not share our membership list with anyone.

Tell your friends to join. Those who have Westmount dog licenses but live outside of Westmount can join our Association as “Friends of the WDOA.”;

Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WestmountDogOwnersAssociation

Look for an invitation to attend a kick off meeting in the coming weeks to elect an executive committee and establish our priorities for the year;

Thank you for your support.

Brian Baxter brian.baxter@talman.ca
Paula Engels paula.engels@videotron.ca
Susan Gold susan.k.gold@gmail.com

On behalf of the Westmount Dog Owners Association.

Information     514 989-5510

Web site     www.westmounthistorical.org

Founded in 1944 to encourage public awareness of Westmount’s heritage and history, and to promote research, the WHA presents monthly meetings with guest speakers on Westmount’s past and on heritage issues.

Information     514 233-2788

Email     westhortsoc@gmail.com

The Westmount Horticultural Society is a non-profit association, which fosters, studies, and encourages horticulture. Anyone with an interest in plants and gardening is welcome.

Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month (with the exception of July and August), in the Westmount room of the Westmount Public Library. Members also have the opportunity to participate in field trips, community activities, as well as occasional workshops.

An annual membership may be purchased at the door prior to any meeting. Alternatively, it is possible to attend meetings by paying a guest fee. Membership is not restricted to Westmount residents.

Information    514 932-2026

E-mail     pbarnard@videotron.ca

Westmount Initiative for Peace (WIP), founded in 1985, is a community-based peace group concerned with peace and disarmament issues in general, and Canada’s role in particular. Its activities consist of public education and political lobbying.

To view WMA meetings and events, consult the Web site at www.wma-amw.org

The WMA, founded in 1908, is a volunteer organization concerned with the promotion of good, responsive and respectful local government. It supports these ideals by encouraging individual participation in community activities and government and by hosting non-partisan public forums for the exchange of views and information.

Information     514 989-7939

E-mail    westmountquiltersguild@gmail.com

The Westmount Quilters Guild was founded in January 2003 to promote interest in quilting by providing good fellowship among quilters and quilt lovers.

The Guild meets every Tuesday evening throughout the year except July and August at Victoria Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to develop and improve their individual quilting expertise through participation and by sharing their skills and resources in an open, fun-filled atmosphere. The Guild welcomes new members, both novice and experienced. Simply come to one of the weekly meetings to find out whether you would like to join.

Information     514 941-8689 ou 514 847-5351

Web site     www.westmountrugby.com

Founded in 1876 and currently the oldest active rugby club in North America, the Westmount Rugby Club is looking for new players. A training programme is available for players without experience. Practices take place Tuesday and Thursday evening and Saturday morning at King George Park.

Information     514 367-5986

Web site     7041.toastmastersclubs.org

Toastmasters International is the leading organization devoted to the improvement and development of individual communication and leadership skills. Guests are most welcome at Toastmaster meetings, so come and visit us. We meet every Tuesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Victoria Hall during the year.

Information     514 395-9425

Site web     www.ojw.ca

The WYO, led by artistic director Scott Gabriel, offers young musicians from the community the opportunity to perform a diverse selection from the classical repertoire in an atmosphere of dedication and support. Rehearsals take place at Victoria Hall on Saturdays. Auditions are held in September or by appointment.

If you do not find what you are looking for, however, you might consider starting up your own group and organising unique activities. The City can offer some support, such as access to municipal facilities, or help with publicity, to make it a reality. To find out more, contact the Community Events Division in Victoria Hall at 514 989-5226.