Who’s Behind This?
Janet Torge currently wears the hats of a television documentary producer, bookkeeper, archivist and prenatal teacher. In past careers, she’s been a radio talk-show host and traffic reporter, Montreal Gazette columnist, author, construction site manager, software manual creator and co-founder of the first rape relief centre in Canada.
Radical Resthomes was conceived when her friends put her in charge of their senior housing some 30 years ago. The vision has changed considerably since then, and Janet has aged – along with everyone else – but she never lost sight of the idea and is determined to foster more and more self-directed housing projects in the future.
Lorraine O’Donnell is a historian, researcher and community activist in Montreal. She is currently coordinating a research project in collaboration with Concordia University and l’Institut canadien de recherche sur les minorités linguistique (ICRML) exploring the issues that define the English speaking community in Quebec. She is the author of many academic essays and research papers, has coordinated and been invited to speak at many conferences on the issue of linguistic minority communities and is one of the best proposal writers in the province.
NDG Senior Citizen’s Council has been a big supporter for Radical Resthomes. Executive Director, Sheri Macleod, knew things were going to change in the world of seniors, when she opened The Boomer Café. Sharing her knowledge and expertise from years of working in senior projects and community organizing has helped Radical Resthomes as it navigates the tricky waters of funding and working with community partners.
Thérèse Casgrain Foundation was the first organization to actually give us some operating funds (you always remember your first!). With their help, we started a weekly Shared Housing Café and expanded our workshop programme. The members of the Thérèse Casgrain Foundation have always been enthusiastic about our work and that goes a long way.