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 PhotoLorraine 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.

Louise Quinn is a real estate broker with a contemporary approach to senior housing. Previously, Louise held a leadership position within the non-profit sector in the field of adult learning and has over 20 years experience as a senior marketing and investor relations strategist. Louise has a passion for Montreal buildings that developed while restoring three century-old apartments on the Plateau Mont-Royal. She has a keen eye for the caliber of a property, a vision of its potential, and a longstanding interest in community living. Her desire to turn her talents and energy toward supporting the development of Radical RestHome’s vision, combined with her Seniors Real Estate Specialist® credential, make her a great resource and partner for RR.


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.

PastedGraphic-5Thérèse 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.