About Us

 Who we are
The Centre d'Activit
és Récréatives et Éducatives is a day-centre for adults with severe physical disablilities in the Montréal area. The Centre is located in the Wagar Adult Education Centre on 5785 Parkhaven Avenue in Cote St-Luc. We offer a program of recreational and educational activities to adults over the age of 21 with physical disabilities. Our programs are offered in English, making us one of the very few Centres of our kind in Québec. We have been in existence as a non-profit organization since 1996 with the help of the English Montréal School Board and The Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Quebec. 

What we do
Presently we offer our clients a wide range of recreational and educational activities aimed at continuing education and enhanced communication, as well as social and physical skills. These programs include math, science, arts & crafts, music, current events, baking, yoga & meditation, English grammar, poetry, drama, photography, stop motion, film making, personal goals, history and culture. We also have outings once a week.  Due to our high client-to-staff ratio we are able to offer individual help with activities, which allows our clients to participate to the fullest of their abilities. Our activities are adapted to suit our clients needs, and the programs are ever changing depending on the desires and interests of the participants.
We have a staff with a wide variety of backgrounds which provides for diverse programs.


More than just recreation
We are able to help our clients contact the necessary resources to help them live full and enriching lives. This help may include accessing adapted equipment, facilitating wheelchair repair, and advocating for specific needs. Our staff is also available to help the clients with individual problems or concerns on a one-to-one basis. On a group level, we are also working with the clients to improve listening, behaviors, communication, and life skills. Our program is one of fun, learning, and growing.

Each day clients are allotted time for one-on-ones with different staff members. During this time clients may work on personal goals or projects, or have time to do individualized entertainment such as go out for walks, check emails and make phone calls.

At C.A.R.E. the staff and clients form a special bond and develop many friendships that are long lasting. We are a place to learn, to socialize, to communicate and to have fun.

Weekly Outings Program

Once a week, We go on outings in and around Montreal.
We also have guest speakers come to the Centre.
Below is a list of outings from 2013-2015. 

Swimming  at the Cote Saint Luc Community Centre
IMAX film screening & Montreal Science Centre Visit
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
DHC Gallery: Old Port of Montreal
St. Joseph’s Oratory
Walking Tour – Old Montreal
World Press Photo Exhibit
Adapted Sailing – Pointe Claire Yacht Club
Walking Guided Tour – Mont Royal and Beaver Lake
Walking Guided Tour – Jean Talon Market and Little Italy
Walking Guided Tour – Atwater Market and Lachine Canal
Walking Tour – Old Port of Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts
Contemporary Art Museum
McCord Museum
Jardin Botanique
Canadian Centre for Architecture
SKOL Art Gallery -Belgo Building
Montreal Auto Show
Bowling - Rosebowl
Bowling at the Rosebowl (Cavendish)
Centre D’Historie de Montreal
Guest speakers from Stoyteller’s guild of Montreal
Guest speakers from Reptizoo
Therapeutic Paws of Canada
Cote St. Luc Gymnasium
Montreal Canadiens hall of fame tour & Bell Centre tour
Guest Speaker from National Film Board of Canada
Musical Guest performances – Various Musicians

Winter Respite Camp (March)

The C.A.R.E. Centre offers  a full-time respite initiative during March each year:

C.A.R.E. Clients attend a 5-day Respite camp at Acces Plein-Air, in Chertsey, Quebec during the month of March. This includes transportation & 24-hour care provided by the C.A.R.E. Centre staff that include meals, winter outdoor programs, hands on activities, cooking, art, games, nature programming and one-on-one time.

 Summer Respite Camp (August)

The C.A.R.E. Centre offers  a full-time respite initiative during August each year.

C.A.R.E. Clients attend a 3-week Respite Camp Program provided by C.A.R.E. Centre staff at the location of Camp Massawippi in the Eastern Townships, Ayer's Cliff, Quebec during the month of August. This includes transportation & 24-hour care provided by the C.A.R.E. Centre staff. We offer specialized summer activities, Waterfront Activities, Swimming, Boating, Adapted Canoeing, Adaptec Kayaking, Stretching & Meditation/Relaxation Programs, Art, Current Events, Language Arts programs, Music Programs, Outdoor Camping and more.

Summer Outings Program (July)

The C.A.R.E. Centre offers a 4-week Summer Outings Program that allows the clients on a rotating basis to go on outings throughout the month of July to attend various summer activities and events throughout Montréal. 

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