Montreal deaf recreation center risks bankruptcy

Montreal deaf recreation center risks bankruptcy

MISE & Agrave; DAY

The Center des loisirs des Sourds de Montréal Inc. is going through difficult financial times and is in danger of going bankrupt.

Gilles Boucher, President of the Center, calls for donations to help save the place of paramount importance to the deaf community of Montreal. & nbsp;

< p>With the aim of breaking the isolation of people with hearing loss by organizing activities specially adapted for them, the Center risks closing its doors for good. & Nbsp;

“People are used to coming to the Center des loisirs, because they know that there are activities especially for them, without communication barriers ”, launches the president of the Center. & nbsp;

A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign was also set up to try to save the center, which has existed for 120 years. & Nbsp;

With the pandemic, the Center is also closed and the members no 'no longer have access to regular activities.

“We're stuck with that,” laments Mr. Boucher. & nbsp;

All the rooms that could accommodate Center members are confined or have a maximum capacity of people on site, thus preventing users from meeting. & nbsp;

The crowdfunding campaign exceeded the center's initial goal of $ 15,000. According to the latest news, more than $ 34,000 was raised. & Nbsp;

“We believe that the Center des loisirs is important for people who have made donations, guarantors to help us repay our debt ”, continues the president. & nbsp;

The money raised in excess will be kept by the Center as a financial cushion. & nbsp;

Wearing a mask is still a problem

Wearing a mask is still a problem for people in the deaf community, who have difficulty communicating because of this barrier that rises in front of them. & nbsp;

Gilles Boucher, President of the Center des loisirs des Sourds de Montréal Inc. explains that the mask makes everything more difficult for hearing-impaired people who read lips. & nbsp;

< p> “People are very reluctant” to lower their masks to communicate with deaf people, he says. & nbsp;

“It prevents us from communicating in a meaningful way. normal ”, he emphasizes. & nbsp;

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