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Our autumn newsletter is now online. You will find news from Parkinson Montréal-Laval, from our partners and some updates and useful resources.

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Parkinson’s Journey 2020 : donations accepted until October 31!

Many of you participated in the Parkinson’s Journey 2020, on September 13th. A huge thank to all the participants of this solidarity race. We are almost halfway to the fundraising goal of $30,000. It is not too late to help us: we are accepting donations until October 31. By donating, you allow us to offer proximity services in our community and support those affected by Parkinson’s disease, as well as their families.


Parkinson’s Journey is a provincial-wide fundraising event that took place on September 13, 2020. Thousands of people took on the challenge of walking, running, or practicing any other sport in support of the 25 000 Québecois living with Parkinson’s disease, their relatives and their caregivers.

Want to donate?

  1. Go to

2. Donate to an individual who participated in the walk or to the general campaign.

Thank you for you generosity!

If you have any questions or would like assistance in completing your donation, contact us at

* A tax receipt will be sent automatically to people who donate more than $ 15 to Parcours Parkinson.

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Spanish conversation course for people living with Parkinson’s

Parkinson Montréal-Laval is delighted to be able to offer a free conversational Spanish course. This is being done thanks to the initiative of Mr. Edmer Calero del Mar.

 This course is specifically for people who have Parkinson’s disease and will be given by a professor who lives with the disease. The course is for beginning and intermediate students. The course objective is to help fight difficulties with elocution and isolation that people with Parkinson’s suffer from. This conversational Spanish course has been designed for people living with Parkinson’s and will focus on oral expression and pronunciation. The course will have an emphasis on interaction, exchanges of knowledge and experiences supported by written pedagogical materials, photographs and soundtracks. Basic linguistic tools for oral presentation will be used during the first classes and repeated as often as necessary. 

Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 PM, Parkinson Montréal offices located at 560 rue Ontario East, Montréal, H2L 0B6. 

Registration required: or call 514-868-0597

A minimum of five people must be registered for the course to take place. 

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Fruitcake campaign: the holidays are coming!

Make a holiday gesture that will bear fruit!

Starting today, order your fruitcakes and support people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. We have two varieties of fruitcake – traditional and Cherry cake.
Which do you prefer? Or take one of each!

To taste this delicacy all you have to do is orde our fruitcakes online at the cost of $20 each and pass by the office, by appointment, to pick it up. 

Our offices are located at: 560, rue Ontario Est, Montréal, Québec H2L 0B6. 

Order a box of ten fruitcakes (a total of $ 200.–) and get free home delivery just a day or two after you place your order. 

Our advice:  Tell your friends and combine your orders to take advantage of fast  and free delivery! 

Come and visit one of our kiosques to get your fruitcake and other goodies: 

  • 2000, avenue McGill College Thursday, November 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Résidence Élogia, Christmas market. 5440, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal Sunday December 1 from 11 a.m. to   3 pl.m. 
  • Hydro-Québec (Headquarters) 75, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal Thursday December 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m 
  • Montréal Bus Terminal 1733, rue Berri, suite 2000, Montréal Friday December 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m 
  • Sun Life Financial 1155, rue Metcalfe, Montréal Thursday, December 12 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 
  • St.Mary’s Hospital 3830, avenue Lacombe, bureau 1331, Montréal Friday, December 13 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 

All profits from this delicious holiday campaign will go towards supporting people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Thank you in advance for your wonderful support.

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Giving Tuesday

Providing outreach services to people living with Parkinson’s disease requires significant financial support.

On the occasion of giving Tuesday, a worldwide day for generosity, we invite you to make a donation to Parkinson Montréal- Laval which will help us to finance numerous services provided to people living with Parkinson’s disease: meetings with newly diagnosed persons and their families, support groups, information and education services as well as access to adapted group exercises.

 « Adapted physical exercise is one of the best treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Many studies suggest that exercise contributes to slowing progression of the disease. » 

– Dr Sylvain Chouinard, Neurologist and codirector of the André-Barbeau Movement Disorder Clinic, University of Montréal Hospital Centre Help us to help them. 

Your donation will have an immediate and measurable impact: making sure that our services continue to be offered to those living with Parkinson’s disease. A huge thank you in advance from us. 

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New newsletter available

Our winter newsletter is ready, in a new format and with a new look that makes it easier to read. Inside you’ll find out about new workshops and conferences and activities such as a Spanish course, Practice your voice and always the famous tales of Diane Patenaude. 

Click here to read your winter newsletter. 

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VIDÉO | Calling all caregivers!

A must see! This is a beautiful video that pays tribute to all the caregivers in the world. To help someone else you have to take care of yourself.


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Update on COVID-19 : Parkinson Montréal-Laval Activities

Afin de contribuer à l’effort collectif visant à prévenir la propagation du Coronavirus, nous sommes dans l’obligation de suspendre la majorité de nos activités. Toutefois, notre service téléphonique est maintenu. N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous au 514 868-0597.

Update on services and activities Activities for caregivers Psychosocial support by telephone – no change

Isolation brings with it many challenges, particularly when we are caregivers. This is why we continue to offer psychosocial support via telephone. Do not hesitate to call us if you need help.

To make an appointment with Sophie Lecours : 

To make an appointment with Élisabeth Lapointe :
Support groups for caregivers – ongoing

Participants will be contacted so they can organize into small groups that will communicate via videoconference. It’s never too late to join one of the groups!

To enroll, contact Élisabeth Lapointe : 

Training workshop for caregivers – temporarily suspended 

The third and last workshop in the series has been temporarily suspended. A new date will be announced soon. Check this space for an update!

Activities for people with Parkinson’s

Get-togethers for newly diagnosed patients – no change 

The information meetings for people recently diagnosed will be offered by videoconference. 

To make an appointment call or email:  514 868-0597 

Support groups for people living with Parkinson’s – temporarily suspended 
Keep checking this space for new dates. 

Spanish classes – temporarily suspended 
Keep checking this space for the new dates. 

Pratice your voice – temporarily suspended 
Keep checking this space for new dates.

Other activities

Parkinson Montréal-Laval Conferences – temporarily suspended 
All scheduled conferences have been postponed. More information l be transmitted in the coming weeks. 

Volunteer recognition night – postponed.
The event on March 24 will be postponed, check our information bulletins for the new date. 

Annual assembly – postponed
Our AGA will also be postponed and a new date will be announced in one of our upcoming newsletters. 

Swing Dance evening organized by Parkinson en mouvement – cancelled.
The Swing Dance Evening originally planned for April 2 and organized by Parkinson en mouvement, has been cancelled. 

Annual tulip sale – ongoing but virtually!
No sales of real tulips will be organized this year. However, supporters can purchase virtual tulips by clicking here and choosing the option » Virtual tulip »

Useful resources in difficult time

Numerous measures have been quickly put in place to assist all that may need them. Below is a nonexhaustive list of many resources, both telephone and online which are available to the public for free:
Government of Québec coronavirus information line: 1 877 644-4545 
Call this number if you are worried about COVID-19 or if you have symptoms such as a cough or a fever. 

211 grand Montréal.
Call 211 or visit the website This multilingual reference service is helpful for finding out about community and social services in greater Montréal. 

Service Info-Aidant: Call 1 855 852-7784
Info-aidant is a telephone listing service, a place to get information and professional references all confidential and all free. It is aimed towards caregivers working with the elderly, interveners and health professionals.

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Our annual tulip sale… Online!

We are living in difficult times, yet some things are constant: April is Parkinson’s month and tulips are still the Parkinson’s symbol! Even though we are not selling real flowers this year, we invite you to help us publicize our virtual tulip campaign to raise funds for Parkinson Montreal Laval! 

We are aware that these days many among us face economic uncertainty. If you can give a donation while Québec is on lockdown, please do so. Unfortunately Parkinson’s cannot shelter in place but marches on…

If you’re able to afford it then please donate a virtual tulip to the Parkinson’s Society. Pass it on! And a big thank you for helping us continue our important work. 

CLICK HERE to donate a virtual tulip. To make a donation first select virtual tulips instead of general donation in the tab donate to a specific fund created by this organization.

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Practice your voice has gone virtual!

Practice your voice online 

  • Do you live with Parkinson’s and suffer from problems with your speech?
  •  Is your voice hoarse, weak and feeble?
  •  You don’t have anywhere to practice your voice exercises to strengthen your voice?
Improve your elocution and strengthen your voice with Practice your voice, now offered via Zoom videoconference, every Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 5 PM. 

 This is a free activity offered by Prof. Ingrid Verduyckt, PhD, Assistant Prof. in the School of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Université de Montréal, asssisted by her interns. Reserve now! Limited places. 

Registrations : or (514) 868-0597 / extension 1

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