Archive for May, 2013

Why I commit: Rachelle Henderson

Monthly donor and volunteer Rachelle Henderson

Monthly donor and volunteer Rachelle Henderson

“I commit to Head & Hands because as a mother it breaks my heart to think of young people in need with no resources. It is a little bit to help ensure they have a resource in Head & Hands.” – Rachelle

Monthly donor Rachelle Henderson first found out about Head & Hands as a reporter for the Gazette in the 1980s. Today, Rachelle is one busy monthly! Not only does she work at Air Canada as a labour and employment lawyer, she is the mother of two children, and an avid reader and tennis player. Oh, and did we mention that she volunteers at the Head & Hands legal clinics? We caught Rachelle at her Head & Hands volunteer post for a quick pic, and then got the scoop on what makes this power-monthly tick!

Name:  Rachelle Henderson

Monthly since: January 2012

My momma always said: Leave our small town in Prince Edward Island and go to university.  I did. She was right.

As a teenager I was: Bookish and foolish at the same time.

Top three things you’d want to have with you on a desert island: My husband, my son and my daughter, although not necessarily in that order.

Celebrity crush (dead or alive): David Bowie

My fave book, zine, magazine, blog: Impossible to answer.  The last fiction book I really loved was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, set in Henry VIII’s court.

Song I have stuck in my head right now: Hopelessly Devoted To You by Olivia Newton-John (it was playing on the 174 bus this morning, unfortunately.)

Want to be like Rachelle and become one of our monthlies? Visit our Monthly giving page, or give Juniper a call at 514-481-0277!

We’re Hiring: Jeunesse 2000 Youth Drop-In Assistant


JOB OPENING: Jeunesse 2000 Youth Drop-in Assistant


Head & Hands, an NDG based youth organization, is looking for a Jeunesse 2000 Youth Drop-in Assistant.  Duties include staffing the Jeunesse 2000 (J2K) drop-in program and assisting with summer events.  J2K is a drop-in center where teens 12-17 can hang out, meet people and plan activities.


Eligible candidates must have been a full-time student last semester, with the intention of returning to school full-time in the fall.  The ideal candidate is bilingual, open-minded, reliable, dynamic, flexible, and enjoys working in a team. Basic computer knowledge, experience working with youth, and an understanding of youth culture are assets.


This is a full-time 7 week position, starting immediately.


To apply, please e-mail your CV and cover letter by 6 pm on Thursday, June 13 to or by fax to (514) 481-2336 with “ATTN: Neil” in the subject line.


Head & Hands is an equal opportunity employer. Members of traditionally disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Legal Clinic & Resources


Head & Hands is seeking a legal volunteer for 6 weeks this summer!

We are in search of a volunteer to help with the Head & Hands’ legal services. The volunteer’s main task will be to help coordinate the legal clinics (which occur bi-weekly), as well as to update the legal resource guide and web capsules. The resource guide is used by the Legal Coordinator as well as front desk workers, so as to provide useful resources to youth. The web capsules are geared towards clients accessing our webpage. The goal of the above tasks is to ensure that the Head & Hands legal clinics run smoothly and that the resources are up to date and easy to access. We are seeking a volunteer to be available twice a week (for approximately 6 hours per week) for a period of 6 weeks, ideally starting July 3rd, 2013.

The ideal volunteer is a 1st or 2nd year law student, bilingual, reliable, creative, organized, autonomous, has a basic knowledge of the law and its interpretations, familiarity with WordPress, as well as good writing and editing skills (French and English). Experience in legal research and familiarity with youth culture are assets.

For more information about our legal services in general, please explore our website. Interested candidates please respond by sending a cover letter to or call 514-481-0277 and ask to speak with Ralph (Legal Coordinator). Deadline for volunteer applications is Friday June 21st.

Thank you!

We’re Hiring: Daytime Office Coordinator


Head & Hands is a non-profit community organization dedicated to youth empowerment. We offer health, social, legal and recreational services to youth between 12 and 25 years of age.

The Daytime Office Coordinator, alongside the Evening Office Coordinator, oversees our main office in NDG and ensures that it remains a warm and safe space in which to welcome youth, clients, and other community members. Main responsibilities include: crisis intervention and front-line work with youth; advocacy and support for clients seeking information, resources, and services in Montreal; keeping tabs on developments with other organizations and services that share our approach and/or clients; managing our office supplies/equipment and supervising our IT person; training and supervising volunteers and interns as needed; collaboration with other administrative and program staff as needed; and collective duties such as supervising colleagues, serving on committees, and contributing to office maintenance.

Type of work: Permanent
Hours: 32hrs/week
Salary: $16/hour starting wage
Benefits: 3 weeks paid vacation in first year, 10 sick days, 3 mental health days, professional development opportunities, group health insurance, collaborative work environment


  • Commitment to non-judgmental, youth-centred, holistic approach
  • Patience, flexibility, and perceptiveness
  • Training and/or experience with crisis intervention, active listening, conflict de-escalation
  • Experience in front-line and/or youth work
  • Familiarity with Montreal community organizations and services, especially for youth
  • Connections to or background within one or more of NDG’s diverse communities and cultures
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English and French
  • Ability to troubleshoot, multi-task, and work under pressure
  • Strong organization skills
  • Great time management skills
  • Excellent staff and volunteer coordination skills
  • Experience in non-profit and/or collective teams
  • Commitment to consensus-based decision making
  • Computer knowledge (Microsoft Office, social media)


  • Organizational and policy development experience
  • Experience with collaborative decision making
  • Educational background and/or work experience in a related field
  • English to French translation skills

Head & Hands recognizes that we live in a society that does not value and respect all people equally, and we strive to incorporate as many different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences as possible into our team. If you feel that your perspectives and/or experiences are frequently unheard or undervalued in this society, we encourage you to mention that in your cover letter. Ideal start date is as soon as possible, 15 July at latest. Please direct all questions to Hannah at

Application deadline is Monday June 17th, at 10 a.m. To apply, send CV and cover letter via email to or via fax to 514-481-2336 with “Attn: DOC Hiring Committee” in the subject line, or bring a hard copy to 5833 Sherbrooke West.

We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Why I commit: Zahra

Zahra, monthly donor

Zahra, monthly donor

“I commit because what Head & Hands achieves for the youth of NDG and beyond with so few resources is incredible to witness. If I can give them just a little bit more to work with, how many more youth can they help?”– Zahra

In 2010, Zahra came to Head & Hands as a six month videography intern, and we felt so lucky to have this multi-talented lady on board! She left her mark with a series of rad videos including the Do my Ladies Run This?! mini documentary, the Ask me about my Faggity Ass profile, and Since 1970, our 40th anniversary video. Zahra had been rooting for us during last fall’s Aviva competition, and when she found out we didn’t make the cut, she signed up as a monthly donor to ‘do her part’ to bring Street Work services back to NDG.

 Name: Zahra B.

Monthly since: February 2013

I fill my days with: I work as an administrator and communications coordinator for a non-profit, and I am also a classically trained singer.

As a teenager I was: Hermione Granger (an insufferable know-it-all)

 If I won a trip anywhere in the world I would: Take all my friends with me.

Is there a particular Head & Hands program that you are passionate about? I think each one of them is great. But the two I connect with most deeply are the counseling and Street Work. I know how hard it is as a young person to access affordable, non-judgmental counseling services. I know some friends who could have used it. And as for Street Work, there are too many youth who are given up on, who really just need someone to support them in practical and uplifting ways. We need this program.

Song I have stuck in my head right now: Whatever we’re working on in choir or my voice lessons.

If I could change one thing at Head & Hands: Maybe a bigger building 😉

Signing up as a monthly is safe and easy, and makes a big impact! Click here to find out more! 

Why I Commit: Meet our Monthlies


Why I Commit 2013: Meet our monthlies, and find out how you can become one, too!

In the lead up to our AGM this year, we’re shining the spotlight on our beloved monthlies— extra special donors who give each month to keep our youth services steady and healthy.  We’ll also be running our 4th annual monthly donor drive, where we ask our beloved community to Commit to our Core!!

In our Why I Commit blog series you’ll meet the people that keep this organization going, find out why they do it, and learn some personal stuff too!  And we promise you, these people are pretty juicy!!

In addition to giving credit where credit is due (and we are only showing you a piece of the beautiful monthly pie! We have 60 monthly donors in total), we will also be running our annual “Commit to our Core” monthly donor drive! Our goal is to sign up 30 new monthly donors before our AGM on June 12th. If you love Head & Hands, we encourage you get involved, by signing up or spreading the word!

Please visit our “Give Monthly” page to find out more about why monthly giving can make such a big difference, and how you can sign up.


Celebrating Dr. Tellier’s 30 years at Head & Hands


Amid the shouts of “I haven’t seen you in forever!” and “We love you Dr. T!!” the Head & Hands community gathered in our clinic on May 3rd to celebrate our physician of over thirty years. We were thrilled to welcome so many old and new friends into our space, including many alumni who have worked with Dr. T over the years in our clinics.

In addition to many heartfelt speeches and toasts, Dr. Tellier was surprised with a special Adele-themed flash mob, and received an honorary doctorate in Youth Health from the prestigious Head & Hands Academy. Of course, he is graduating magna cum laude, with flying rainbow colours!

We are also please to announce that $1,600 has been raised to date in Dr. Tellier’s honour for our youth health services. If you would still like to donate in his honour, the giving page will remain online until May 31st, 2013.

Over the decades, we estimate that Dr. Tellier has performed roughly 11,000 STI tests and 5,000 pap tests. He’s seen approximately 23,000 patients, and volunteered his time for over 3,500 patients who didn’t have medical insurance! Yowza!!

Here’s to thirty more years, Dr. T!!

It’s almost time for our Annual General Meeting!


It’s that time of year again – when we look back on what we’ve been up to over the past year, when we kick off a summer full of awesome events, and when we make important decisions about the future of Head & Hands.  That’s right, it’s time for the Annual General Meeting!

This year’s AGM will take place on Wednesday, June 12 from 7 – 9pm at St. Raymond’s Community Centre.  A few important things happen at an AGM: staff members present all the great stuff that has gone on over the past year, organization management is discussed (staffing, finances, etc.), board candidates present themselves, and members vote on a new Board of Directors and by-law changes.

This year, something has changed – you might be a member, and members can (and should!) attend the AGM and cast their votes.  Clients, volunteers, and donors are all considered members now – if you’ve accessed a service, volunteered your time, or donated money in the past year, you are a member.  To attend the AGM, we need to make sure that you’re on the list of members.

To declare your membership:

  • If you were a donor in the past year, you’re already listed as a member. Just show up!
  • If you’ve been a client or volunteer this year, get in touch with the Coordinator of the Head & Hands program you access or volunteered for, by sending an email (listed here: or talking to the Coordinator themselves.

In classic Head & Hands style, this year’s AGM will be a dynamic and entertaining show – not to mention there will be delicious free food served, and childcare will be provided.  It’s going to be a party, and you’re invited!

Head & Hands Annual General Meeting
St. Raymond’s Community Centre
5600 chemin Upper Lachine
June 12, 2013 from 7pm – 9pm
St. Raymond’s is a wheelchair accessible space



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We’re Hiring: Sense Project Summer Research Assistant


Head & Hands is a non-profit community organization dedicated to youth empowerment. We offer health, social, legal and recreational services to youth between 12 and 25 years of age.

Description: The Sense Project summer research assistant will work with Sense Project Coordinator and youth volunteers to coordinate the revision the Sense Project Peer Educator Manual. Their main tasks will include coordinating volunteers, revising the manual, managing manual printing and distribution of both digital and hard copies. The manual will be used for the Sense Project’s peer educator training in September and as a reference document for future workshops on sexuality and sexual health. The Sense Project summer research assistant will also create a structured filing system to organize old and new resources and reference documents for the Sense Project. This is a six-week full-time contract, with an ideal start date of June 10th.

The ideal candidate is bilingual, open-minded, reliable, organized, flexible, autonomous, has knowledge on sexuality and good writing & editing skills (in either French and/or English). Basic computer knowledge, experience in research and understanding of youth culture are assets.

Eligible candidates MUST have been a full-time student last semester, with the intention of returning to school full-time in the fall.

Application deadline is Friday May 24th 2013, at 10 a.m. To apply, send CV and cover letter via email to with “Attn: Sense Project hiring Committee” in the subject line, or bring a hard copy to 5833 Sherbrooke West.

Head & Hands welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from traditionally marginalized communities bring to the organization, and invites these individuals to apply. We encourage applicants to describe in their cover letter the unique contributions that they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Head & Hands.

Please direct all questions to Gabrielle at 514-481-0277 or by email at

We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Graphic Design Dreams Do Come True

Shannel, graphic design intern extraordinaire

Shannel, graphic design intern extraordinaire

Ever since we launched our new website and logo, we’ve been in the process of trying to update our publicity materials to match our new branding. We’ve tried working with volunteers, we’ve had all-staff critique sessions, and nothing quite worked. When Shannel got in touch looking for a five-week graphic design internship placement, we immediately loved her portfolio and jumped at the chance to bring her on. Her style and drawing skills totally fit our vibes, and were the answer to our publicity materials prayers!

Over the past five weeks, Shannel worked with nearly every single program coordinator and administrator to complete an amazing number of projects:

  • new general, YPP, and J2K brochures
  • posters, flyers, letterhead, and stickers for SERVE
  • AGM invitations and flyers
  • PowerPoint template for H&H presentations
  • thank-you postcards for our darling donors
  • updated Sense Project lightbulb logo
  • templates and infographics for the Sense Project
  • beautification of our new Non-Hormonal Birth Control pamphlet (created by midwifery stagiaire Laura-Jeanne)
  • mystery surprise for a beloved member of the H&H family

Keep an eye out for her work, coming soon to a website or mailbox near you!