Our mission is to provide a bridge to social and economic integration for people in need, especially immigrant women, while greening our community.
In 2001, it was fate – a sewing machine was graciously donated to Lucile Champagne. Despite its initial lack of need, the sewing machine inevitably found itself in the basement of Heartwood House. Two volunteers gathered to check the machine's conditions while dreaming of sewing costumes for the upcoming Grand Opening of Heartwood House. Days passed, and the women found themselves in the space, compiling fabric donations and dreaming of great things.
It began as a passion project. There was buzz about fabric, about colours, about clown costumes. Other donations began accumulating – as did the excitement among the volunteers. It occurred to Lucile that she was being called to join the group. Seeing the women supporting one another and acting in solidarity, the project spoke to her as the women expressed: “Here, we are fulfilling dreams. Each person brings what they are. Here, we build things together. Here, we have a future.”
Since September 2001, women from every country have seized the opportunity to join together and believe again in a future full of hope. Since then, EcoEquitable and immigrant women have built a new world, an inclusive world, a place of cooperation where each person learns, is healed, celebrates and produces according to their creativity, their engagement and their motivation.
In 2013, Heartwood House moved its location to McArthur Avenue and for EcoEquitable that meant more space to grow and an opportunity to bring more women together. Today, EcoEquitable continues to act as a bridge between social and economic integration for women in need.
“From today, it is to grow with the grandeur of the universe, to celebrate the transformations that make us more human. It is the music that comes from the heart.” – Lucile Champagne
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