Since May 2021, 16 residents have been living in the safe, caring and stimulating Véro & Louis Home in Varennes.
The living spaces are designed according to the recommendations of design and architecture researchers and respond to the residents’ particular needs. Individual bedrooms provide privacy while the large common spaces are divided into zones so residents can choose their level of social interaction. The lighting, soundproofing and muted decor were selected to minimize sensory stimulation. The residents also enjoy a large outdoor space with dedicated areas for physical activity and relaxation, including a playground, swings, a vegetable garden, a pool and even a spa!
Our skilled and committed teams are at the heart of our philosophy. To guarantee the stability that is so important to autistic individuals, Véro & Louis Homes prioritize the good care of their employees, providing a stimulating work environment, ongoing training and competitive work conditions. Our model relies on high-quality staff—something on which we’ll never compromise.
The staff at the Véro & Louis Home in Varennes include a general director, a programming coordinator, special education teachers, resident attendants, a cook and night watch staff. Staff are present 24/7 to ensure residents always have the support they need. At all times in the day, there is one educator on-site for every four residents.
Our innovative concept is unique for its educational programming that gives residents a way to continue learning and developing their potential at a pace that works for them. In collaboration with the CISSS de la Montérégie-Est, the Véro & Louis Home in Varennes developed and implemented an educational and socio-professional activity centre within its walls. The objective of its educational activities, planned and led by special education teachers, are to develop the independence, skills and interests of the participants while promoting their social integration at the home and in the community.
Some of our most popular activities:
Stéphane Rochon has been Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO at Groupe KO since 2021. He previous acted as President and CEO of Humania Assurance for a number of years. As a certified corporate director, Stéphane has sat on various boards and committees, like the Chambre de la sécurité financière (CSF), the Institut québécois de la planification financière (IQPF) and SOCODEVI (a cooperative promoting international development), and served as the Université de Laval Industrial Alliance Financial Group Chair in Insurance and Financial Services.
Frédéric is a partner at PwC Canada’s Deals practice and managing director of their Corporate Finance group in Montreal. He has been helping public and private companies raise capital and make acquisitions and divestitures for 20 years. Frédéric is the Montreal leader in the forest, paper and packaging sector and the sector’s deals leader for Eastern Canada. He mainly specializes in the building materials, consumer goods and food sectors.
Guylaine graduated from the École nationale de l’humour in 1995 and is still making people smile with over 20 years in the television industry. Creativity has been a constant throughout her career. She’s the author of Deux garçons à la mère and C’est bon d’être moi, a radio columnist on the Radio-Canada show Marina, a panelist and the mother of two autistic teens, Léo and Clovis, who inspire her wholehearted dedication to the Véro & Louis Foundation’s mission.
Dr. Beauchamp-Châtel has extensive expertise in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His projects include a master’s thesis on temper tantrums in preschool-aged autistic children, completed under the supervision of Dr. Laurent Mottron at Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies. He has been working in the deinstitutionalization of autistic adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and severe behaviour disorders since 2016. He also provides care to autistic people with and without intellectual disabilities in an outpatient clinic. As his work advocates for improving the services provided to autistic adults, he is proud to contribute to the Véro & Louis Foundation’s visionary project.
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