Veronica Lopez

Avril 2011

Veronica Lopez has been working since the mid-1990s with at-risk families in and around Cloverdale, including Pierrefonds, Roxboro and Dollard-des-Ormeaux. This multicultural district is one of the most marginalized on the West Island. It is home to one-third of the area’s low-income families as well as to the largest number of children on Montreal Island who are not school ready.

Many of the people helped by Cloverdale Multi-Ressources are new arrivals needing support to fulfil their parental role in their adoptive country. The agency serves more than 36 different cultural communities.

Hired in 1997 as an intercultural relations practitioner, Veronica Lopez was appointed head of the agency in 1999. Under her strong leadership, Cloverdale Multi-Ressources has undergone impressive growth, evolving steadily and expanding its efforts throughout the community.

Supported by her committed staff, a true mosaic representative of its clientele, this visionary leader runs the agency with a steady hand and a warm heart.

Over the years, she has implemented new approaches that have allowed Cloverdale Multi-Ressources to evolve. Many activities meeting the needs of families have been launched. These include numerous practical tools and workshops helping parents and their children to develop and take their places in the community: information and referrals, group activities (parties and outings), coffee hours, the welcoming and integration of new residents, visits to new mothers, and pre-school development activities.

Deeply involved in the life of the community, the agency has become an agent for change that promotes care for the individual.

A unifier, Veronica Lopez lends her voice to thousands of families on the West Island. She has established a strong base that has built the agency’s reputation in the community.

Centraide has supported Cloverdale Multi-Ressources since 1998.
Veronica Lopez is the winner of the Gilles Cousineau Award 2011.