Places to volunteer in Montreal

In an effort to bulk up resumes and graduate study applications, many students may be seeking a volunteer position at some point this year. There’s always the need for volunteers within various organizations around the city, so we have created the ultimate list of interest categories and potential corresponding volunteer locations for seeking students this year:

 

Tech/Academic

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Tutor at Le Baobab Familial   http://www.baobabfamilial.org/benevolat/ 

Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com/get-involved/ 

World Computer Exchange http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org/volunteer

C2 Montreal   https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/

The Centre for Literacy http://www.centreforliteracy.qc.ca/tutoring 

Concordia and Mcgill Universities http://www.concordia.ca/students/volunteering/opportunities.html  https://www.mcgill.ca/cle/team/volunteer

 

Business – Internships

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Narcity Montreal/ MTL Blog https://narcitymediainc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=37 

C2C Ventures Inc http://www.c2csocialaction.com/volunteering.html

Montreal Arts- Affairs  http://www.montrealartsaffaires.org/en/fiche/benevoles-d-affaires

Conseil des Arts de Montreal- business volunteers https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers

 

Arts and Culture

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Dress to Impress Montreal – Donate clothing https://montreal.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Artscene Montreal  http://en.artsscenemontreal.com/ 

Volunteer Association of Montreal Museum of Arts http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/volunteer-association-of-the-mmfa/ 

Conseil des Arts de Montreal https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers 

C2 Montreal https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/

 

Health

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Alzheimers society http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/montreal/Get-involved 

Montreal Heart Institute https://www.icmmhi.org/en/about-us/become-volunteer 

Doctors without Borders http://www.msf.ca/en/volunteer-our-offices

St. Mary’s Hospital http://www.smhc.qc.ca/en/volunteers/volunteer-opportunities

Douglas Mental Health University Institute http://www.douglas.qc.ca/page/volunteer-options 

 

Animals

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SPCA Montreal  http://www.spca.com/page_id=7&lang=en 

Animal Rescue Network http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org/info/display?PageID=988

Humane Society Canada/International http://www.hsi.org/world/canada/work/puppy_mills/tips/animal-rescue-volunteer-hsicanada.html?referrer=https://www.google.ca/

World Wildlife Foundation http://www.wwf.ca/takeaction/volunteer/ 

 

Children and Montreal Youth

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Montreal https://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/mentoringprograms/becomeamentor/default.aspx 

Sun Youth Organization http://sunyouthorg.com/en/contribute/become-volunteer/

Montreal’s Children’s Hospital http://www.thechildren.com/volunteer 

Starlight Children’s Foundation http://www.starlightcanada.org/getinvolved/volunteer/

 

 

Politics and Human Rights

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Engineers without Borders http://legacy.ewb.ca/en/whatyoucando/volunteer/opportunities.html 

Bureau of Montreal                            http://cabm.net/en

Montreal Climate Action http://actionclimatmtl.org/get-involved/ 

Amnesty International https://amnestymontreal.org/category/volunteer-opportunities/

Unicef – ORT Montreal http://m.unicef.ca/workandvolunteer.html

Canadian Council for Refugees http://ccrweb.ca/en/get-involved 

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Montreal will play host to the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. And you know what that means? If you ever plan to go to Montreal or are near the city, then this is the best time to do so!

Of course, just like with all things, if you’re planning to go to Montreal between the days of June 10-13, it certainly won’t hurt you if come “prepared”, so to speak. So, how can you do so, then? Well, here are some suggestions below you might find some use for this weekend!

Race day

If you happen to be a racing fan, then this is simply a can’t-miss event for you. Getting premium seats at this junction, though, may be a bit difficult for you.

Thankfully, tickets for general admission are always made available for a daily basis, though the only place you can sit on is at the grass beside the track area. If you’re the type of person who’s not willing to get inside the “thick” of things, then you probably won’t mind this set-up.

Stuff to do

Okay, so you’re going to Montreal, but you’re not exactly a fan of Formula One or any forms of racing, for that matter. Hey, it’s still cool: there are tons of stuff you can check out while you’re at the city, with each possibly “catering” to any interest you may have.

For instance, the place where the Grand Prix will take place, Crescent Street, plays host to dozens and dozens of restaurants that will surely indulge the inner foodie in you.

On the other hand, the clubs located on Crescent Street will also be bringing in world-class DJs and musical talents that will surely provide you the necessary break from all of those asphalt-burning activities happening this weekend.

The highlights, though, are inarguably the official Grand Prix Festival events happening downtown in all three days. Not only will you get to actually touch real F1 cars up close, but the entire street will be closed off for the events so you can be able to party with the local musical acts that will provide you entertainment on your stay.

Where to stay

And speaking of “staying in”, you’re in luck since St. Cathy’s is located right down from Crescent Street! If you’re planning to stay for the duration of the entire weekend, then what better place to do so than somewhere that is just right beside where the party is happening? St. Cathy’s houses a vibrant student community, and you can probably make a few friends along the way while you’re at it!

Easy Dorm Room Hacks At St. Cathy’s Residence

Want to learn some quick and easy dorm room hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time? Here at St. Cathy’s Residence, we have compiled a number of practical and useful dorm room hacks that will turn your ordinary dorm room into a pop culture inspired loft.

Heads Up!

Sleeping without a headboard? No problem. We have you covered! This super easy headboard can be made from stuff you probably have lying around your room. Now you can  free up the mess in your closets by combining two things into one!

 What You Need

  • ·wallpaper or fabric of your choice
  • ·cardboard
  • ·tape
  • ·utility knife
  • ·scissors

How To Do It

Simply draw a pattern of your choice on the cardboard with a pencil or sharpie. Newspaper works well if you want to first make a template to trace onto the cardboard. Once you have the pattern traced out, then simply cut firmly into the cardboard until the pattern is completely cut into. Now after you’ve cut out your headboard, take your tape and start taping down the fabric onto the cardboard. When you start taping around the curved parts (patterns) of the headboard, you can make little snips into the fabric to get it to curve around the headboard. Once your done just simply hang it or tape it behind your bed. Instructions can be found here: http://www.starsforstreetlights.com/2012/09/how-to-make-simple-headboard.html

Room A Little Funky?

Sometimes our rooms can get pretty stuffy especially during the dead of winter when its really cold out. If you keep the windows closed often then you’re not letting fresh air in your room.  If you’re out of candles or fragrances, then simply tape a dryer sheet to the vent in your room. As the air blows through the dryer sheet it will let out a pleasant aroma. This also works well on air conditioners during the summer.

Frame Your Posters Without Putting Holes In The Wall

If you want to make your poster collection look a little more creative and cohesive then try using washi tape as a border. Simply tape around each poster you hang. You can make all different types of abstract shapes and angles around the poster and the best part is the tape is easily removable and doesn’t leave any marks.

Have A Green Thumb?

Add some color and some energy to your room by adding miniature potted plants. This little bit of nature will help your dorm room come to life instead of feeling unbearably sterile. Get a little creative and paint the pot with some acrylic paints or embellish it with some stickers.

Need Some Lighting?

Decorate a mason jar with your favorite type of decorative fabric and place a battery operated tea light candle in the jar. Makes a great lighting fixture for your kitchen table or nightstand. Instructions can be found here: http://fellowfellow.com/sweet-diy-votives/

Keyboard A Bit Wobbly?

Having problems writing your thesis because your keyboard is dancing while you type? Simply use binder clips to fix the broken keyboard feet. Just clamp the binder clips to the bottom of the keyboard where the broken keyboard feet are. Problem solved.

Tea Please!

If you have a mini fridge, you can use empty tea cans to store your pens and pencils. Simply place a small magnet on the inside of the back of the tin!

20 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOVING TO MONTREAL

Looking for a new opportunity in the city? Moving to Montreal from the rural outlays? Maybe you’re moving for the duration of your studies? At any rate, before you move, you’ll definitely need to know what to expect and the few things that can make your life much, much easier.
July is the busiest time of the year for apartment rentals.
There are rentals available year round, but July is the month that offers the most rental opportunities.
There’s no law or official ruling that says it’s the first of July, but it’s something of a tradition that has set in and stuck. If you’re moving to Montreal, start looking as early as March for a place to rent from July, the places disappear quickly
A 3 1/2 room apartment doesn’t mean there are 3 bedrooms
All the rooms in the apartment are counted. The kitchen and bathroom are also counted, the bathroom being counted as a half.
Some buildings are over 100 years old
Some have been refurbished and others not. You’re likely to see interesting things.
Rent is somewhat cheap when compared to Toronto and Vancouver. So moving to Montreal will be great on your wallet. It’s not necessary to go through an agency for a rental
Montreal is gloriously bilingual.
Brush up on your French while here. Really, it’ll come as second nature after a while. Luckily for newcomers, Montrealers are relatively easy going and will be happy to help you in both languages.
Looking for a job can get tricky if you don’t speak French.
There are a number of English Jobs out there. However, for the most part, finding a job in Montreal will require you to be bilingual, so brush up on your French if you want to be first in line for that job.
You’ll need permits to work in Montreal
Either a Residence permit or Temporary work permit.
Try to get your things in order even before your big move to Montreal.
The taxes are astronomical. Many people complain about the very high tax rate, but there are benefits like free health care and education right up to college.
The traffic is a killer going in and out of the Island.
‘nuff said
Parking is very hard to find
There are decent public transport options in place thanks to the STM
The STM Company services just about all the areas. 185 Bus lines, 4 subway lines (known as Metro) and taxi vans available to make the commute from one point to another as efficient as possible.
There is a huge cultural diversity
That can be likened (somewhat) to New York’s cultural diversity.
Winters can get cold, wet and icy.
Make sure you have clothing that can keep the chill out. Oh, and shoes that are suited to the slippery layer of ice on the ground.
The Habs are a huge thing for us here in Montreal
If you’re not a hockey fan, you better become one quick. The only way you’ll survive.
Festival time!
There’s always a festival going on somewhere, but there’s no need to complain about it. They’re always lively, always fun and there’s always the possibility of meeting new people. Which is exactly why moving to Montreal is so great, as the next point clearly shows.
There’s always a reason to party
Like the wonderful Igloofest. The cold is definitely not going to stop us from partying up a storm.
Cycling and walking are a huge part of daily life in Montreal
Because of the terrible traffic. Look on the bright side: you’ll get plenty of exercises.
Montreal is a beautiful and interesting place.
We know you’re going to love moving to Montreal. It’s a vibrant place to be and the St Cathy’s residence make the experience simply awesome.

Delicious and Cheap Eats Near St. Cathy’s Residence

Delicious and Cheap Eats near St. Cathy’s Residence

Students live on a budget, that’s not a surprise. But to say that you can’t try to treat yourself to something from time to time is absurd. Luckily there are a few tasty haunts near the St. Cathy’s Residence that won’t break the bank and they’ll definitely be worth your time if you’ve had a stressful week. The area also offers a huge amount of ethnic variety and makes it so that you’ll never be bored, even while trying to keep your meals out at a minimum. Here are 4 awesome places to add to your go to list of emergency cheap eats.

Cuisine Bangkok- This delectable Thai based restaurant is amazingly close to St. Cathy’s and boasts very affordable dinners. They offer a variety of South East Asian fare such as shrimp pad thai, beef pad thai, and green chicken curry. On Yelp they have 4 out of 5 stars, so a perfect place to get more bang for your buck.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/cuisine-bangkok-montr%C3%A9al-2?osq=restaurant+cuisine+bankok

Sandwich Cao Lanh- Over on Rue Ontario, there’s a great sandwich shop for grabbing some grub on the go, or taking it to a nearby park or square. They boast fresh veggies and meats to concoct the sandwich of your choice, and even freshly rolled sushi. A great place to eat in between classes or after a long workday.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sandwich-caolanh-montr%C3%A9al-2?osq=cheap+eats

Boustan- Another lovely taste of the world can be found in this Middle Eastern based restaurant that has a variety of pitas, shawarmas, and combo plates. It’s also a great take out spot for busy days, or just a casual lunch spot with classmates. With stellar reviews and such filling portions for so cheap, frequenting Boustan is a no brainer.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/boustan-montr%C3%A9al-3

Dahlia’s Mediterranean Bistro- Though this isn’t the closest to St. Cathy’s, it’s still within walking distance. As the restaurants name portrays, there will be a variety of Mediterranean cuisine including stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and hummus. The fresh food makes for healthier options and also a great place to relax.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dahlias-mediterranean-bistro-montr%C3%A9al?osq=cheap+eats

Montreal hosts the World’s Largest Outdoor Games Festival

Montreal hosts the World’s Largest Outdoor Games Festival

Are you ready to play? Montreal is about to become the most fun place on Earth as the largest outdoor games festival kicks off on July 11th. This unique games festival is expected to attract thousands of players from Montreal and beyond, seeking to enjoy the very best board games, video games and local outdoor gaming events all for free.

The action will take place at Quartier des spectacles where students, locals and tourists are encouraged to come together in a true multiplayer experience. The event will last just over two weeks and is expected to exceed last year’s 150,000 players.

Visitors can also expect to meet some of gaming’s leading creators from both the digital world and traditional games industry. Warner Bros will be sending their local Montreal Games team, who will be joined by other legends including Nintendo and the team behind the popular ‘Just Dance’ game.

Montreal’s Gaming Boulevard

At the heart of the festival will be Maisonneuve Boulevard, which is being transformed into an open-air playground. Even for those who don’t wish to participate, this outdoor gaming event is a spectacle not to be missed. This summer will see a collection of new games available from multiplayer shooting action on the WiiU, to giant sized board games from the popular gamers Sociojeux. The Boulevard will have an assembly of Booths available to explore with some of the latest and coolest games to try out before most of the world.

Montreal Video Games Lounge

Feeling competitive? Complexe Desjardins will be the home of an epic video games lounge during the festival. Here the best players will battle to become the festival’s ultimate gaming champion. A live studio will also be broadcasting a special eSports contest to millions of Twitch users around the world.

The annual Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec event will take place from July 11th until July 25th and is likely to be the biggest event yet. With over 100 different games on offer, this festival will cater to gamers of all different ages and tastes.

St Cathy’s is ideally located for this summer’s Gaming Festival. We are just a 12 minute cab ride away from the Boulevard and at the heart of an area popular with students. To find out why we receive such amazing reviews for our rooms, give us a call today on 514-574-3336.