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Meals on Wheels honours Fleurette Poirier for 31 years of dedication and drive

April, 2011

Longtime volunteer Fleurette Poirier was honoured recently at a meeting of co-ordinators for Meals on Wheels.

Poirier, co-ordinator of Lachine MOW Kitchen No. 8, will step down in June. She has been working with Meals on Wheels for 31 years.

She started with MOW as a cook in 1980, began delivering hot meals to clients and in 1991 became co-ordinator of Kitchen No. 8.

Thanks to her unflagging energy and dedication, along with outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, she and her team of volunteer shoppers, cooks, cleanup crews and delivery personnel have made life easier for Lachine seniors.

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven program providing hot, nutritious meals to homebound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy. More than 800 volunteer shoppers, cooks and drivers work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens throughout the West Island, co-ordinated by Volunteer West Island.

Volunteer West Island’s director, Lynda Barrett, and VWI Meals on Wheels co-ordinator Madeleine Costigan joined other co-ordinators in the MOW kitchen to present Fleurette Poirier with an arrangement of plants and a certificate attesting to her many years of service to the program and her community.

“Helping others brings us so much pleasure,” Poirier says.

National Volunteer Week starts April 10. For more information on Meals on Wheels or about volunteering for this program, visit Volunteer West Island’s website at



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