Dr. Ruth Vander Stelt, Ava Baron and Owen Bannan plant a tree at the Quyon CLSC to symbolize the continuity and longevity of the health services offered there.
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – On November 8, staff of the Quyon CLSC planted a tree to symbolize a seed of good news and hope for the future after a few months of uncertainty about whether the Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais would renew the building’s lease and allow the service to remain in place.
Joanne Marcotte owns the building the CLSC has operated out of for years, but after she hadn’t heard from CISSSO about renewing its lease after many months, she put a ‘for sale’ sign on it. This sent shock waves through the community and prompted local elected officials and physicians to advocate
for a solution. A new 5-year lease has recently been signed after months of negotiation.
Those working at the clinic were behind the symbolic tree planting. Dr. Ruth Vander Stelt, a Pontiac physician who works at the Quyon CLSC and advocates for reinstating local health care management, dug the hole for the tree, a “Downy Snowberry”. Staff members George Robitaille (social work), Chantal Graveline (pediatric nurse) and children Ava Baron and Owen Bannan (clinic clients) took part in the planting process.
“We want to show the community we have faith in their support and we’re here to stay for a long time,” said
Dr. Vander Stelt.
The Downy Snowberry bears white fruit which provides nourishment for bees, butterflies and other wild