First-time Do Crew shines at fundraising fashion show

This Mothers' Day the CBC Montreal Do Crew joined forces with a Pointe-Claire non-profit to put on a fashion and variety show featuring members of the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped.

Volunteers team up with WIAIH for Mother's Day fundraiser

CBC Montreal Do Crew members gather with West Island College students and members of WIAIH (West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped) following the midday performance, May 11, 2014. (Johanna Tzountzouris/CBC communications)


Thanks to the eight volunteers who came out with the CBC Montreal Do Crew for the first time yesterday!

I was so happy to have you all along for this special Mother's Day event and I hope you realize how much your presence was appreciated by the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (WIAIH).

I feel as though it was a privilege to be a part of such a unique partnership. The students from West Island College and the members of WIAIH came together to create a show that was quite honestly bursting with energy and pure joy. 

It was remarkable to see so many smiling people working together and it was really nice to see the community that came out to support the 2014 Fashion and Variety show.

The Do Crew volunteers contributed by helping with everything from decorating to managing the clothing, the canteen and the clean-up following the afternoon performance.

It was a pleasure to meet Maria,Kristelle and her mom Elizabeth, Mary and her two daughters Emilie and Mylene,as well as Kirsten and her husband David. Thanks to you all for your energy and your enthusiasm.


This Mother's Day the CBC Montreal Do Crew will be joining forces with a  Pointe-Claire non-profit to put on a fashion and variety show featuring the children of the  West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped.​
Fresh off the runway of the 2012 edition of the WIAIH fashion show at West Island College, back row: Samantha Diaz, Jordyn Shell, Alison Pugsley. Front row: Eliza Chilton, Zoe Chilton. ( Tracy Wrench)

In its own words, "WIAIH is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that works to increase opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism, strengthen their families and sensitize the community."

"Created in 1958 by concerned parents, WIAIH takes a leadership role in advocacy and provides programs designed to increase independence and empower over 800 people who depend on WIAIH annually."

The annual fashion and variety show is largely organized by students from West Island College. Some of them got involved a few years ago when they were required, by their school, to do some volunteer work in the community. Many of those students became very attached to the kids of WIAIH and have remained involved with the show planning even though they have completed their community service.

The success of this event is defined by the work and cooperation of volunteers, WIC students, WIAIH family and anyone who comes out to support it.

That's where the Do Crew comes in. WIAIH needs some volunteer help. 

Here is what you need to know:

WHEN: Sunday, May 11.

There are two shifts available for volunteers to choose from: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

WHO: Eight volunteers, four for each shift.

WHERE: West Island College (WIC) 851 Tecumseh, Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

WHAT: Volunteers are needed to help get models ready for the runway, greet guests at the entrance and help out at the concession stand.

If you are interested in volunteering or would simply like to know a little bit more about this event, or any Do Crew activity, please contact Monique Lacombe by email