WHY WE EXIST
Although the south of the West Island has a reputation for wealth and a high standard of living compared to its surrounding territories, there are hidden pockets of poverty and social and material deprivation that exists throughout the region. The lack of affordable housing, the difficulty accessing fresh and nutritious food and an inefficient transportation are some of the problems existing in the region. Furthermore, there are many citizens, community organisations and other key stakeholders in the southern West Island who work to address these various problems and who previously did not have a space to communicate and collaborate in order to magnify their efforts. The decision to form a community council (Table de quartier), became an obvious and a necessary one, with the aim to unite many local forces in addressing the needs of the population.
Several members of the community chose to unite and establish a roundtable where local stakeholders could discuss the issues of poverty and other concerns encountered in the southern West Island. A multi-sectoral network is fundamentally necessary in order to build a global vision of local priorities, and to align efforts and actions with the aim of improving the quality of life for everyone – especially for the less fortunate members of the community. With the creation of the TQSOI, the community actors can now interact, plan together and act collectively.