Citizen Partner Recruitment

Citizen Partner Approach

In conjunction with the Institut du Nouveau Monde, the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (IUHSSC) wishes to further incorporate the citizen partner approach into the organization, with a view to create a hub in which approaches combining citizens as partners with health and well-being issues are developed. 

After setting up a partners council to develop the guidelines and a vision for the approach, and a working committee to implement various projects, the Montreal West Island IUHSSC is now in the process of forming teams to work on those projects.

Help improve our care and social services

You don’t need extensive knowledge of our programs and services to join a project team; all you need is a willingness to help and to share your experience as a citizen. 

Various themes, such as youth, mental health, and intellectual disabilities, will be explored and generate various projects. As such, we will eventually need citizens for our other project teams. Be on the lookout for future recruitment ads! 

CHSLD de Lachine Project team

The first team will work on a project dealing with the aging of the population. The residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) in Lachine, a facility of the Montreal West Island IUHSSC, will be the first to benefit from the concrete solutions you will have come up with.  

Participating will enable you to: 

  • Express your opinion and share your ideas to help improve the care and services we provide to seniors;
  • Find concrete solutions and develop an action plan.

Commitment details:

  • Start date: mid-November 2018
  • Estimated project duration: 9 months
  • Voluntary day participation (between 8 am and 5 pm)
  • Between 2 and 3 hours every three weeks.

Deadline for applications: Monday, November 5, 2018

Description of the project team


Project teams are established based on the nature of the project. Teams will be made up of:

  • citizens
  • representatives of the Montreal West Island IUHSSC
  • nstitutional and community stakeholders from across the territory
  • clients or families of the CHSLD de Lachine
  • representatives of the Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers(RPCU) 


  • Share knowledge and expertise, make recommendations, and propose potential solutions;
  • Provide constructive input to the discussion and help build a climate of trust and cooperation within the team in order to attain the goals of the project;
  • Establish the team’s rules and functioning;
  • Be prepared for meetings, and participate actively in them. 


  • Meeting frequency: The project team shall meet once every three weeks.
  • Meeting locations: Meeting locations may vary depending on availability of rooms at the MWI IUHSSC or elsewhere in the community. 

Eligibility criteria for citizens and selection process

Phase 1: Based on eligibility criteria – Do you have the right profile?

General Criteria

  • Must be 18 years and over;
  • Must have an interest in the health care and social services sector;
  • Must be active in your community or involved in social causes;
  • Previous experience as a citizen representative for a group, committee, or council is preferable;
  • Must have good communication skills and the ability to work as a team;
  • Must have listening skills and be open-minded;
  • You are required to have free time, and undertake to attend meetings and to take note of the relevant information before the meetings.

Specific criteria 

  • Must be available days for meetings of a duration of approximately 2-3 hours, held every three weeks. The frequency of the meetings will be reassessed after the first six months.

Exclusion criteria

Your application will not be accepted if:

  • You are an employee of the Montreal West Island IUHSSC.


Phase 2: Validation interview

During Phase 2, eligible applicants will be contacted for a short phone interview to validate certain information and to confirm the person’s interest in serving on the project teams. 


Phase 3: Random draw based on certain criteria

Following the phases of assessment and validation interviews, applications considered eligible will be subjected to a random draw that will take the following elements into account:

  • gender equity;
  • ethnocultural diversity;
  • age diversity.

Reimbursement of meal and travel expenses: The Montreal West Island IUHSSC will reimburse travel and parking expenses to participants needing to attend a meeting during the lunch period. A complimentary meal will also be served.  

To submit an application

CHSLD de Lachine Project Team 

Deadline for applications: Monday, November 5, 2018

Two ways to apply

  1. Online: fill out the form
  2. In writing: download, print, and return the duly completed form at


For more information:

Contact Sandra Cloutier at: