Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.13
Liaison Ronnie Dorsnie
Submission Date April 25, 2023

STARS v2.2

John Abbott College
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Shannon Coulter-Low
Student Life Counsellor
Student Services
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
West Montreal Readaptation Centre

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

This program is with the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’Ile-de-Montréal, specifically the West Montreal Readaptation Center and has been a partnership with the College since 1997. The Center offers support services to individuals living with an intellectual disability, physical disability, or on the Autism Spectrum. The center provides services to both children and adults living at home or in the community and day program or work integration.

At John Abbott College, program participants are responsible for posting and removing posters for Student Activities, cleaning tables in common areas, working in cafeteria as dishwashers and busing tables as well as a host of other tasks as needs arise. Student volunteers help participants with their work and with social integration.

Last year, when classes resumed during the pandemic, the participants took on the additional task of sanitizing high traffic areas (doorknobs and handrails) in order to reduce covid-19 risks. Since October, they have been responsible for the recycling stations in the cafeteria and "bistro". They also change various office kitchen compost bins around the campus, including the bin for our on-site composter.

The benefits of this program are reciprocal. Participants engage in positive social interactions, and students gain meaningful experiences and knowledge about people living with disabilities. Particularly beneficial are volunteers that come from Police Tech, First Responders, Nursing and Psychology departments. These students gain first hand experience with persons that they will be servicing upon their graduation and transition into their professions.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

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