Connexions continues to build community; hires new engagement and outreach manager

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Allyson Beauregard

PONTIAC – Connexions Resource Centre, a non-profit community organization that aims to serve and promote the health, well-being and vitality of the English-speaking population of the Outaouais, recently
welcomed a new member to its team.
Michèle Gagnon (they/them), Connexions’ newly hired Community Engagement and Outreach Manager for the Pontiac region, will be working out of Connexions’ satellite office in Shawville, managing programs to serve the Pontiac.
Gagnon has over 20 years of experience working in the Pontiac community, managing a variety of programs for youth, seniors and vulnerable populations, including as director of the Western Quebec Literacy Council.
Connexions is kicking off the first of a series of free, in-person caregiver chat sessions on December 17 where special guest, Julie Keon, RRSW, will be tackling the topic of grief during the holiday season.
“The holiday season often magnifies grief and it’s something people don’t always talk about openly,” said Gagnon. “Our chat sessions are a safe place to find support, discover new resources and learn about well-being strategies.”
The series will continue in the new year, with sessions taking place January 13 and 27, February 10 and 24, as well as March 10 and 24. The caregiver chat series will also be offered to the French community, with dates to be confirmed.
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to deliver these services to the entire community, in both languages,” said Gagnon. “I’m looking forward to connecting with Pontiac caregivers of seniors to learn more about their support needs, what kind of resources they would like to access, and what they would like to learn more about,” they concluded.