MONTREAL, June 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, on the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Ville de
Montréal, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Tandem
Montréal and the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM)
presented the campaign Three Keywords for Your Safety, which encourages seniors to be vigilant.
This campaign is aimed at developing safe habits among tenants. The
three keywords are associated with three habits, namely: keep their
apartment door locked at all times; ask people to identify themselves
by intercom before letting them in; and close the building door behind
them so that strangers cannot enter.
This presentation took place at Habitations Saint-Vallier, a seniors'
social housing project located in Rosemont, in the presence of Émilie
Thuillier, Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the Ville de
Montréal and responsible for, among others, families and seniors,
Commander Vincent Richer, from the Service de police de la Ville de
Montréal (SPVM), Johanne Daigle, Director of Tandem
Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles and Chair of the Table des
directeurs of Tandem Montréal and Denis Quirion, Executive Director of
the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM). The event brought
together stakeholders from each organization, as well as OMHM tenants.
From mid-May to mid-June 2013, SPVM, Tandem Montréal and OMHM stakeholders
conducted a door-to-door campaign blitz in some 55 low-rent seniors'
high-rises scattered throughout 14 boroughs of the Island of Montreal.
Door-to-door activities will continue sporadically in the low-rent
seniors' high-rises not visited over the past month. By the end of
2014, the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal hopes to reach all
of its elderly tenants, that is, over 10,000 seniors.
"During the past few years, the Office municipal d'habitation de
Montréal adopted a safety action plan. This campaign adds to the other
measures implemented to improve the safety and feeling of safety of our
social housing tenants," said Denis Quirion, Executive Director of the
Tandem Montréal is a long-standing partner of the Office municipal
d'habitation de Montréal. This door-to-door blitz and the messages
conveyed are in keeping with the mission of the Tandem urban safety
program. "We want to mobilize the residents to get involved in
activities aimed at finding tools and changing behaviour, so that they
take responsibility for their own safety," explained Johanne Daigle,
Chair of the Table des directeurs of Tandem Montréal.
"Seventeen neighbourhood police stations are taking part in the campaign
and I can assure you that both the commanders and the participating
community relations officers are aware of the importance of reiterating
these instructions. This partnership between the Office municipal
d'habitation de Montréal and Tandem Montréal is important for the
police department. We feel that this exercise enhances the feeling of
safety of Montreal's senior population," said Commander Vincent Richer,
from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal's Community
"In its 2013-2015 action plan, the Ville de Montréal firmly commits
itself to making Montreal a safe city for seniors. The campaign
launched today constitutes another step in the right direction, since
more seniors will adopt safe habits. We want an increasing number of
seniors to feel safe in their homes," underlined Émilie Thuillier,
Vice-President of the Executive Committee and responsible for, among
others, families and seniors at the Ville de Montréal.
SOURCE: OFFICE MUNICIPAL D'HABITATION DE MONTREAL
For further information:
Caroline Pelletier, Communications Manager
Ville de Montréal
Sarah Shirley, Press Attaché
Office of the Mayor and the Executive Committee
514 289-8688, ext. 249