Archive for July, 2014

Spotlight on: super-volunteer lawyer Irving Narvey!

Irving Narvey stopped by to chat after a couple rounds of tennis! Lovin the semi-retired life!

Irving Narvey stopped by to chat after a couple rounds of tennis! Gotta love the semi-retired life!

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on super-volunteer Irving Narvey, who, after 43 years giving his time and expertise at the Head & Hands legal clinic, has finally left us to enjoy the fruits of a semi-retired life. 43 years?! That’s right: Mr. Narvey has been volunteering since the inception of the legal clinic, and for almost the entirety of his career!

Fresh out of law school and just starting his own law practice, Irving was invited to get involved in 1971 by Eric Smith, who was one of the first volunteer lawyers at Head & Hands.

“I guess when you’re young and principled, and you carry your sword, you want to help people,” Mr. Narvey told us. “Coming to Head & Hands was an opportunity to meet people who were in need of legal advice, and obviously to give back. And there I was, in a position to do so, and I was thrilled to do it, so I did.”

As a 28-year-old, I have a hard time understanding how anybody could do anything for 43 years, so I had to ask: what kept you coming back to volunteer, after a long day at work, for more than four decades?! “It really wasn’t a hefty burden at all,” said Irving. “I always saw myself as a litigator, representing the people before the courts, and fighting for their rights…I’d like to think that my practice was people-oriented, so coming here was really an extension of what I did on a full-time basis for a living.”

When asked about the best part of volunteering at Head & Hands, Mr. Narvey didn’t hesitate: “Being in touch with the people. What can I tell you? People need people! As a matter of fact, if I didn’t know that Barbara Streisand had already done it I would have written the song.”

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On behalf of the entire team at Head & Hands, and the hundreds of community members who have benefited from your legal expertise over the past four decades, thank you Irving! We wish you many healthy and happy years of relaxation as you move into a very well-deserved semi-retirement.





It’s here, it’s here! Serve is descending upon the sandy volleyball courts of park Jeanne Mance this Sunday, July 27th.  At this magical day of fun in the sun (and in the rain/thunder, too!), Montreal’s vibrant service industry shows us once again that they don’t just serve beer– they “serve” for sex ed!

Serve is the Sense Project’s largest fundraiser, and funds raised by the Serve tournament are crucial for the Sense Project to continue to meet the needs of Montreal youth.  Last year, the Sense Project volunteer team reached just under 1,700 youth in high schools, community centers, and group homes across the island. This year, our goal is $50,000, to help ensure the Sense Project can continue to provide Montreal youth with the sex education they deserve!

This year, we have 28 teams made up of staff from Montreal bars and restaurants. Check out the list below to see what places are playing, and come by to cheer on your favorite establishment! We’ll have beer, a barbecue, Slip n Slide, massages from Setsuko massage, and SO MUCH MORE!! 

2014 Serve Participants: 

Mickibbons St.Laurent
Café Chimera
Tavern on the Square
Ye Old Orchard
Mcleans Pub
Sir Winstons Churchill
Irish Embassy
Forum sports bar
Monkland tavern
Burger Bar
Sweet Treats by Shanice
Burgundy Lion
Bier Markt
Chateau du lac
Lola Rosa
Café Campus

And of course, the incredible Sense Project team!


Do My Ladies Run This?


Last Friday, we  hosted Do My Ladies Run This?, a show put together  by our youth drop-in centre Jeunesse 2000 every summer. A series of young, local artists captivated the crowd at Shaïka Café with delightful performances.

Do My Ladies Run This? is an all-female lineup of performances with the purpose of providing female-identified artists with a space to perform in a warm and supportive environment; a space that is usually lacking in an often male-dominated industry.


Photo by Mariel Rosenbluth

Photo by Mariel Rosenbluth

Some of the artists were performing for the first time while others were already somewhat established in the community.  The lineup was quite diverse, ranging from blues and folk to spoken word and hip-hop.

Do My Ladies Run This?  was definitely an exciting kick-off for Head & Hands’ summer events, raising over $500 for J2K! Coming up next: SERVE 2014! on July 27th at Parc Jeanne-Mance followed by the Community Carnival and Samedi in the Park! Don’t miss out on our summer-load of fun events!


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New Video: Social Service for Social Change


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In preparation for our 2014 Annual General Meeting, we spoke with a few of our community partners about how they see the work of Head & Hands contributing to bigger-picture social change. Here’s what they had to say!

Special thanks to TJ Egan, our volunteer youth videographer, for shooting and editing this beautiful piece.

Volunteer Opportunity: Sense Project Animator!


Want to be a Sense Project Animator?

We are currently seeking new volunteer animators for the 2014-15 school year!
Interested in facilitating sex ed workshops with youth in high schools? Getting involved with the Sense Project at Head & Hands is a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow and support the well-being of youths in Montreal.

Some need-to-know info about applying to be a Sense Project animator:
• New applicants must be aged 25 and under.
• Animators should be committed to Head & Hands’ principles of anti-oppression, risk reduction, and non-judgment.
• Animators should have some availability on weekdays during the day. Throughout the school year, your amount of volunteering is highly dependent on your availabilities, and the workshop requests made by schools and organizations.
• Bilingualism is not mandatory, but it’s an asset! The training will be bilingual (ENG-FR).
• It is also an asset if you have previous animation experience or experience working with youth, but it’s not a requirement.
• It is mandatory to attend the full animator training (dates listed below).
• Animators must commit for an entire school year, and in taking part in the monthly trainings for the Sense Project (2 hours per month).

2014 Animator Training Dates

Tuesday Sept. 9th 6-9pmThursday Sept. 11th 6-9pmSaturday Sept. 13th 11-4pm
Tuesday Sept. 16th 6-9pmThursday Sept. 18th 6-9pmSaturday Sept. 20th 11-4pm
Tuesday Sept. 23rd 6-9pmThursday Sept. 25th 6-9pmSaturday Oct. 4th 11-4pm

If you meet these criteria and are interested, please fill out the Volunteer Form Sense Project 2014 and send it to Gabrielle at

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 12th at noon. We’ll then book a short screening interview with prospective volunteers only. If you have any questions, feel free to call Gabrielle at (514) 481-0277 or email at!

Serve is back!


The ninth annual Serve tournament is making its immensely anticipated return on July 27th 2014! The official event page is up, and the countdown has begun!

To get a taste of Serve’s magic, check out the brand-new video from Serve 2013 above, produced by Stefan Verna and Carlos Mondragón. This video leaves us with chills in our spine and major anticipation for this year’s event.

Serve is a funtastic day of volleyball that gathers the bar and restaurant community in Montreal for a wicked party with beer, games and a volleyball competition in support of the Sense Project, Head & Hands’ peer-based sexual education program.

Get your game on for social change! We have 8 volleyball courts this year, and all the teams will have the opportunity to play more than just 3 games.  Bierbrier is sponsoring the beer this year– we have a total of 18 kegs, so bring your thirsty friends! We have over 800$ worth of tattoo gift certificates to give away and many other cool prizes.

Come one and come all and help us put the sense in consensual, the semen in amusement and the fun in fundraising!



Get yourselves ready for Head & Hands SUMMER EVENTS!




It’s hot like hell, but not as hot as Head & Hands’ Summer Events! Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store SUMMER 2014:

FRIDAY, JULY 18 @ Café Shaika

Do My Ladies Run This?! … : A female-powered musical evening with local artists of all different genres and styles.

SUNDAY, JULY 27 @ Jeanne-Mance Park

SERVE: This event gathers the bar and restaurant community in Montreal for a volleyball competition in support of the Sense Project, Head & Hands’ peer-based sexual education program offered to Montreal’s youth.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 @ Girouard Park

COMMUNITY CARNAVAL & SAMEDI IN THE PARK: In the much-loved tradition of Sunday in the Park, NDG Arts Week festival opens with this family friendly outdoor concert to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of NDG and raise funds for Head& Hands.

Come together throughout the day to launch the 2014 edition of NDG Arts Week! A beautiful day uniting NDG’s residents, community organizations, local businesses, and family-friendly activities will lead the way to the music! Come as you are!


STREET VIBES: An evening of NDG youth and artists coming together to support Jeunesse 2000 (J2K), Head & Hands’ teen drop-in centre. All year long, J2K promotes music, love, and community support by providing a home away from home for youth ages 12-17. This night is a show- case of pure local talent in urban arts.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 @ Emilie-Gamelin Park

CA MARCHE: Head & Hands supporters, staff, and board take to the streets as part of the Farha Foundation’s annual HIV/AIDS walk.


As always, we’ll be needing many of you awesome keeners to help us make the events run nice and smoothly, so please get in touch with Matt to find out how you can get involved!!

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