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Montreal's Centre-Sud Nourishing Neighbourhood

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Sophie Pétré and Raphaëlle Rinfret-Pilon, Engagement and Development Coordinators, Centre-Sud Community Development Corporation

greenhouse centre sud.jpgThis webinar will bring the Neighbourhoods ♥ The Heart of Community Mobilizing for Impact Centre-Sud neighbourhood tour to your personal computer on Wednesday, June 28th. Explore Centre-sud, a central-Montreal working class neighbourhood, and be guided through its strategy for collectively addressing food security issues through a unique combination of creative and logical solutions. Community Development Corporation (CDC) Engagement and Development Coordinators, Sophie Pétré and Raphaëlle Rinfret-Pilon, will examine how the local roundtable has fostered citizen engagement, solidarity, and real democratic processes; talk about balancing strategic vision and opportunities; and lessons for preserving the participatory process along the way.

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Sophie Pétré

sophie petre.jpgSophie Pétré is responsible for engagement and development coordination at Corporation de développement communautaire (CDC) Centre-Sud. She studied special education at Dijon’s IRTESS (France). After working with refugees seeking asylum through the Red Cross in France for several years, Sophie spent 6 years as a community-based social worker with families in Montreal. She is a specialist in family intervention, group therapy, and Carl Rogers' person-centered approach. In Quebec, Sophie discovered the work of the neighbourhood roundtables and the power of collective impact.  Successfully graduating from Dynamo’s Shared Leadership Program in 2013, Sophie also learned about the Art of Hosting and became part of the teaching committee in 2014. She is a certified professional coach in Neuro Linguistic programming, and is passionate about the development of humans in a community context, and about the power of collective intelligence. She is convinced that everyone is capable of contributing to the society’s evolution. Sophie likes to foster collective work environments that provide creative and inspiring spaces, in which everyone can find their place and leave their mark.


Raphaelle Rinfret-Pilon

raphaelle .jpgRaphaëlle Rinfret-Pilon studied international development and social anthropology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She worked for 10 years as a community organizer with immigrants and women in Montreal. She has been an Engagement and Development Coordinator at CDC Centre-Sud for five years. She coordinates the work of the Table de développement social Centre-Sud, a consultation mechanism that brings together thirty members representing the community, institutions, businesses, elected officials and citizens. Trained under Dynamo’s Leadership Rassembleur MC program in 2012-2013, and the Art of Hosting in 2014, Raphaëlle is passionate about the place and the integration of citizens in all stages of socio-economic development of the district. She has a deep conviction that community development is the responsibility of one and all. Raphaëlle is passionate about ensuring that the population is taken into account when implementing actions on the ground, in order to maximize their durability.