Hello, neighbours! Miriam-Guimont team opens dialogue to raise awareness

Going door to door with their message of cooperation are Sector Manager Abdou El-Bashtaly (left) and Bilal Kobayssi, Program Manager of the Intensive Residential Integration Program at the Guimont Complex.
Going door to door with their message of cooperation are Sector Manager Abdou El-Bashtaly (left) and Bilal Kobayssi, Program Manager of the Intensive Residential Integration Program at the Guimont Complex.

One person’s laughter may sometimes sound like another person’s racket. That’s been the case at the Guimont Residentiel Complex, where the sounds of adults enjoying the outdoors are music to the ears of caregivers and staff. However, for those who live nearby, the boisterous activity has not always been welcome, resulting in noise complaints to police.

During the holiday season, the Guimont team visited the residential centre’s neighbours with a gift of chocolates, along with an informational pamphlet. Their hope is that greater awareness about the residents—who may make loud noises when they’re feeling happy and playful—will lead to greater understanding and patience. 

Guimont has dedicated over six decades to its care of vulnerable people with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder, to help them develop behaviours that are better adapted to a natural living environment.

Meanwhile, staff have taken steps to minimize disturbances, while remaining open to suggestions for improvement. That’s why the notice also urges anyone who’s upset by noise to contact Complexe Guimont directly to speak with a manager, instead of placing a call to 911.  In the photo: Going door to door with their message of cooperation are Sector Manager Abdou El-Bashtaly (left) and Bilal Kobayssi, Program Manager of the Intensive Residential Integration Program at the Guimont Complex.