Being an engineer means working for social change

14 August 2017

We recently partnered with local non-profit Spectre de rue to find lasting solutions to help people near the Jacques Cartier Bridge who are homeless or coping with drug addiction.

Spectre de rue has been working in the Centre-Sud neighbourhood of Montreal for over 20 years with marginalized people in the downtown area on issues related to substance abuse, prostitution, homelessness, and mental health. Their mission isn’t to get rid of marginalized clienteles; instead they provide them with help and referrals to the right resources. Spectre de rue also raises awareness and educates the public and community about the realities of these populations to help everyone live better together.

“Through this partnership, street and community teams of social workers will reach out to people who are suffering or are living outside of society’s structures. They will build connections with residents and business owners near our infrastructure who are around these populations every day,” said Vincent Guimont-Hébert, an engineer on our Environment team.

Over the past few weeks, Spectre de rue has trained staff who will be performing maintenance or construction work in sensitive areas around the Jacques Cartier Bridge. These employees now have the tools to interact with these clients with greater sensitivity.

To support this partnership, Vincent Guimont-Hébert is chairing a Social Support Committee made up of representatives from JCCBI, Spectre de rue and other community partners.

For more information about Spectre de rue