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Montréal, April 26, 2012 – The MIRE (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) Program celebrated its 10th anniversary during a special ceremony with partners, participants, and staff members today. To mark the occasion, a ceremony was held in the presence of Peter Howlett, President of Portage, André Chagnon, President and CEO, Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon and a member of the MIRE Board of Directors, and Serge Goyet, Director of Plateau Mont-Royal CLE (Local Employment Centre), and Julie Boulet, representative of the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity. During the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to hear the testimonials of former participants on the impact that MIRE has had on their lives and on the lives of their loved ones.

The MIRE Program is based on the therapeutic community approach and encourages the development of the participant’s autonomy and accountability on the psycho-relational, socio-professional, and social community levels. The program aims to simulate a work environment and seeks to develop participants’ attitudes, abilities, and work skills.

“MIRE is six weeks of group activities, two weeks of intensive job searching, and two years of individual follow-up,” explained Sonia Leblanc, Director of the MIRE Program. “Over the past ten years, we’ve welcomed 97 groups and over 2,350 participants to the MIRE program, 70% of which have completed the program and among them, over 75% have returned to the labour market or opted for vocational training. MIRE is very proud of the success of our participants and of the positive impact that the program has had on the community.”

Since its founding in 2002, MIRE has partnered with various businesses and community organisations to remain at the forefront of best practices in employability and to be able to provide quality services to its participants. During the ceremony, MIRE took the opportunity to present honourary plaques to some of these key partners, including the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, LifeLine, Sun Youth, Moisson Montréal, Accueil Bonneau, Canada Metal Ltd., and Destination Centre-Ville.


MIRE’s approach is inspired by “STRIVE,” an American socio-professional reintegration program based on the therapeutic community that focuses on personal development. The MIRE Program was established in April 2002 by the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon in partnership with Portage, who had the common goal of developing an effective and innovative approach to promote employability.

Since October 2008, MIRE has been funded 100% by Emploi-Québec.

MIRE’s new website was unveiled during its 10th anniversary ceremony. For more information on the program, visit: www.projetmire.com.

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