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The Westhaven-Elmhurst Community Association is a non-profit organization that has been incorporated since March 17, 1972. Conceived by local parents as a safe space that would both meet the social and recreational needs of youths and allow parents to share their mutual interests and concerns for their children’s physical, mental, and emotional development, the WECA began its life in an apartment on Patricia Ave. As it grew, and more space became a necessity, the Association worked with the City of Montreal to find new and better locations to continue its community outreach, moving to an empty storefront at the corner of St. Jacques Street and West Broadway and in 1984, the former Sunbeam small appliance warehouse located at 7405 Harley. While this new space was a vast improvement from its predecessor, the Centre continued growing and eventually found it hard to accommodate its youth and adult programming and ever-expanding participant base. A solution presented itself in 1998, when the dry cleaning store next to the Centre (7411 Harley) vacated its premises. The Association, with help from the City of Montreal, negotiated the rental of this additional space and in October 2000, renovations were completed, with new programs operating in the expanded area. It has since been the proud home of the Westhaven Community Centre, which continues to grow to this day, thanks to the City of Montreal, who provides the funding and staffing for the youth programs, as well as covers the cost of the lease and utilities.
Creativity through music, poetry, drama, Film: mastering and editing workshop
Computer Literacy, French conversation and resume building, English writing skills, Financing/Budgeting, Sex Education, Interview and Resume Building, Employability Workshops, Habitat for Humanity Build Workshop, Trade school and adult education information sessions, Conflict style & resolution workshops, Internships