The Park Extension Round Table
The idea of implementing a Round Table in Park Extension arose out of a need to create a multi-sector concertation entity that would garner support from the neighbourhood’s residents, actors and partners and thus become a functional player having the leadership and competence to foster concerted action.
Here’s a brief description of the mission, values, objectives and desired changes of the Round Table as they were collectively defined and chosen by the Park Extension residents and community actors during the First Big Gathering on April 12-13, 2019.
The Round Table is a local social development collaborative mechanism that brings stakeholders together to achieve its mission: To improve the quality of life and the living conditions of citizens and to promote their rights and collective interests.
- Develop and share a common vision of the neighbourhood;
- Mobilize the neighbourhood stakeholders and authorities around this common vision;
- Implement inclusive democratic processes that factor in the neighbourhood’s cultural diversity;
- Ensure that concrete steps are taken to improve the quality of life and living conditions of the people in the neighbourhood;
- Receive and administer donations other contributions of similar nature in cash or real estate, and organize subscription campaigns to raise funds for charitable purposes.
- More quality, affordable and accessible housing for all
- Integrated food security strategies
- Cohesive child and youth development initiatives
- Comprehensive programs toward the socioprofessional integration of the residents
- The residents know and use the resources and services available
WHAT IS A Round TABLE?
Here’s a short clip prepared by the city and narrated by author Dany Lafferière, who provides an overview of the mission and goals of neighbourhood round tables.
Here’s a video featuring the Round Table’s work for 2018-2019
History of the Table
The first steps towards the creation of the Roundtable were taken in 2015, when a monitoring committee was established. Its main task was to conceive a cross-sectoral and multi-network round table.
The round table’s was officially created on June 16th 2018, during the foundation assembly that gathered many citizens and spokespeople from different community organizations eager to bring positive change in the Park Extension community.
July 2018: The board members have undertaken many actions to ensure the table’s successful implementation and operation.
November 2018: The Table welcomed Amina M’haia, liaison officer, whose role consists in implementing the Collective Impact Project (PIC). Upon arriving at William-Hingston Center, she has strengthened the Table’s ties with the community and financial partners, allowing to lay the groundwork for the strategic planning of the neighbourhood.
March 2019: the Table welcomed its coordinator, Patrice Tchinda, whose mandates consists in implementing the Table’s mission by taking up its managerial functions, such as its human and financial resources as well as its operations management. He also develops and maintains the Table’s strategic orientations and objectives to ensure its continuity and outreach.
August 2019: The Table welcomed two new collaborators, Tatiana Burtin, mobilisation officer and Audrey Ann Lavallée, communications officer. Those latest additions will allow the Table to extend its community outreach through the creation of mobilisation and communication plans, therefore ensuring that the Table’s activities promote inclusive and accessible concerted action.
Board of Directors
Muhammad Zafar Kamran
Representative of the sectoral round tables
Representative of the community organizations
Representative of the associations
Representative of the public institutions
City of Montreal observer
Lawyer in Algeria and member of the Red Crescent, Amina M’haia has been a social justice advocate for more than ten years, both on a professional and voluntary basis, before joining the Park-Extension Neighbourhood Round Table team.
As a liaison officer, she promotes best practices for socio-community development by ensuring a successful strategic planning.
She believes in humans and their ability to put forward the wealth brought by cultural diversity.
To her, a successful migratory experience is only possible through community support and solidarity.
‘’…tout bien fait à l’humanité provient de l’esprit humaniste,’’ Ibn Badis.
Economic and Social Development Agent
An entrepreneur at heart, Samlé-Gnogbo Zouzoua is the founder of several companies in France and the United States. A former high-level athlete, he competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics, which stands for one of the best experiences of his life.
He has always been attracted to the community scene and that is how he came to launch his first association ever, Petite d’Aide, in 2006, in France. Its goal was to help young people and adults by providing them with homework assistance and French classes respectively.
Samlé-Gnogbo wishes to share and contribute his experience, his dynamism and enthusiasm to Park-Extension’s transformation.
« Si vous voulez apprendre aux gens une nouvelle manière de penser, donnez-leur un nouvel outil, » Buckminster Fuller.
Project PFC Coordinator
Meryem Ouadban has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a diploma in Information Technology and Management. She arrived in Parc-Extension about 10 years ago. Feeling welcomed by the multicultural aspect of the neighbourhood, she decided to settle here with her family with the goal to create special memories with her neighbours and friends.
For Meryem, working in the community is an opportunity to contribute to the neighbourhood’s development and the preservation of its wealth, whether for those who currently reside in Parc-Extension or for those who will settle here in the years to come just like her.