About the Lighthouse
Mission

A Mission Based on Caring Attention

Created in 1999, The Lighthouse, Children and Families is a non-profit organization that contributes to the well-being of children whose lives are threatened by illnesses that require complex treatment, and provides respite and support to their families.

To carry out its mission, the Lighthouse provides three types of services: care provided at Maison André-Gratton, in-home respite care and support services.

  • Children and families are invited for variable length-stays or provided with end-of-life care at Maison André-Gratton, the only pediatric care facility in Quebec.
  • In-home respite care provided three times a week by volunteers who are trained to care for children whose condition requires special attention.
  • Support services for parents and siblings in order to help them experience every stage of a sick child’s life as serenely as possible.

A Two-Step Process

The first step for the Lighthouse was to develop an in-home respite care program, where volunteers were trained to work with families who required support. It was only the beginning however, because parents need more than a few hours of respite a week to restore their energy.

The second step began in 2003: the board of directors, staff and volunteers from the Lighthouse undertook a fundraiser to build a home where children could stay for several days in a safe environment. Construction work began in 2006 and Maison André-Gratton officially opened its doors 2007.

Expanding Care Services

Maison André-Gratton, the only pediatric care facility in Quebec, was named in memory of a young boy named André (the son of Mrs. Judith Dufour and Dr.Bernard Gratton) whose brother, Robert Gratton, is one of the Lighthouse, Children and Families’ major donors. André died of leukemia in 1954, at the age of three years and three months.

In the first year of its activities, the organization welcomed 56 children for periods of respite. Barely one year after it opened its doors, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux recognized the Lighthouse as an Accredited Palliative Care Center, thus certifying the quality of care and services provided.

Families caring for sick children quickly adopted this privileged respite care center. In 2008 and 2009, more than one hundred children were admitted. Maison André-Gratton, with a maximum capacity of 12 children on weekends, is almost always full.

In-home respite care and support services are adapted as the number of families requiring help from our devoted volunteers grows.

Next Generation

The Lighthouse, Children and Families celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009. On this special occasion, the organization restructured its Board of Directors. Nicole Marcil-Gratton, Chair of the Board since 2000 was replaced by Louiselle Paquin and Michèle Viau-Chagnon, Founder and Director General since 2003, was replaced by Lyse Lussier.

Recognition

In 2009, the Lighthouse began collaborating more closely with different partners from the health care network, by formalizing its partnership with the Montreal Children’s Hospital and CHU Sainte-Justine. The organization also implemented service agreements and defined different arrangements for the transfer of patients, information and data.

The dedication of the Lighthouse’s staff is echoed by the community’s generosity. A growing number of businesses, foundations and individuals support its mission by becoming donors and partners, and thus contribute to new projects, purchasing high tech equipment and special activities for sick children and their families.

This year, the Lighthouse's leaders’ numerous efforts were highly honored. Mrs. Michèle Viau-Chagnon received a recognition award from the Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec for her contributions throughout her career. She was also appointed, along with Mrs. Nicole Marcil-Gratton, President between 2000 and 2009 and Associate President afterwards, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec, for their remarkable work since Maison André-Gratton was opened.

Administrative Staff

MANAGEMENT 

Johanne Desrochers
Chief Executive Officer
514-787-8802
desrochers@phare-lighthouse.com

Carole Petitpierre
Coordinator, Administrative and Technical Services
514-787-8812
petitpierre@phare-lighthouse.com

FINANCES, ADMINISTRATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Nicole Blanchette
Human Ressources, Administration and Information Technology
514-787-8803
blanchette@phare-lighthouse.com

Véronique De Vreeze
Administrative Technician
514-787-8809
devreeze@phare-lighthouse.com

Suzanne Douville
Corporate Financial Ressources
514-789-4002
douville@phare-lighthouse.com

Claudette Doren
Financial Coordinator
514-787-8810
doren@phare-lighthouse.com

Katerina Siderova
Administrative Agent
514-787-8806
siderova@phare-lighthouse.com

FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION

Céline Laberge
Director, Philanthropic Development & Communications (interim)
Senior Advisor, Philanthropic Development

514-787-8804
laberge@phare-lighthouse.com

Patricia Laurence
Advisor, Philanthropic Development
514-787-5086
laurence@phare-lighthouse.com

Marie-Pier Lavoie
Philanthropic Development clerck
514-789-4009
donateurs@phare-lighthouse.com

Justine Jaran-Duquette
Coordinator, Philanthropic Communications
514-787-8808
jaran-duquette@phare-lighthouse.com

Sylvie Martel
Philanthropic Development Coordinator
514-789-4008
martel@phare-lighthouse.com

Vanessa Cyr
Philanthropic Development Advisor
514-787-5091
cyr@phare-lighthouse.com





 

PROGRAMS

Dre Micheline Ste-Marie
Midical Director
514-789-4807
direction-medical@phare-lighthouse.com

Hélène Lévesque, nurse
Director, Health and Allied Health
514-787-5092
levesque@phare-lighthouse.com

Valérie De Varennes
Volonteer coordinator
514-787-8817
devarennes@phare-lighthouse.com

Janet Forsyth
Community Organiser
514-787-5093
forsyth@phare-lighthouse.com

Antoinette Petti, nurse
Nursing clinical practice and development advisor
514-787-8818
onno@phare-lighthouse.com

Annick Gervais
Family Services Coordinator
514-787-8811
gervais@phare-lighthouse.com

Marion Onno
Social Worker
514-787-8818
onno@phare-lighthouse.com

Judith Vaillancourt, nurse
Liaison Nurse
514-787-8801
infirmiere@phare-lighthouse.com

Medical Staff


(physicians, nurses, registered nurses and orderlies)

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Patient Attendant

Karine Morissette (intérim)
Liaison Nurse
514-787-8801
infirmiere@phare-lighthouse.com

Support Staff

The support staff includes:

  • Recreation Therapist
  • Child life Educator
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Zootherapist
  • Music therapist
  • Massage therapist
  • Art therapist
  • Therapeutic Clown
  • Volunteer

To contact us: info@phare-lighthouse.com

A Team of Volunteers and Interns

The organization and its operations depend on the contribution of volunteers and interns, which is why they are considered as full members of the Lighthouse’s team. Their precious support is fully appreciated by children (at Maison André-Gratton or at home), the administration and support staff.

For more information on services provided by volunteers, please visit How you can help us or click on this link.

Board of Directors

President

Jean-Daniel Brisson, M. Sc., Adm. A., CMC
President, Groupe Conseil StratEXEC inc.

Honorary Member

Nicole Marcil-Gratton, C.Q., Demographer

Treasurer

Marcel Martin
Regional vice-president. Quebec/Eastern Ontarion, - Great-West, Life Insurance

Founder

Michèle Viau-Chagnon, C.Q.

Administrators

Dr Maria Buithieu
Pediatric diabetologist, Pediatrics Department - CHU Sainte-Justine

Dr Aurore Côté
Director - Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Montreal Children Hospital

Viviane Croux
Vice President and Region Head, - TD Bank

Isabelle Desmarais
Coordonatrice des enquêtes - Chambre de la Sécurité Financière

François Gratton
President - TELUS Quebec and Atlantic Canada

Serge Lalonde
Counsel

Nicole Magnan
Management Consultant

Alain Miquelon
President and Chief Executive Officer – Montreal Exchange

Paul Trihey
Executive Vice President Global Sales and Marketing

Maxime Vandal
President – Gestion Les Ensembliers

GOVERNING COUNCIL

Maison André-Gratton was built with thanks to these dedicated, committed and very convincing people!
The home officially opened in 2007 and after all these years, several of these people remain just as strongly attached to the Lighthouse, Children and Families.

Co-Presidents

Nicole Marcil-Gratton
Michèle Viau-Chagnon

Members

Paul Desmarais Jr.
Ginette Godin
Serge Godin
Eddie Leschuitta
Jacques Ménard
Andrew Molson
Stéphane Quintal
Pierre Shedleur