The feelings of social exclusion that
little people experience only worsen in isolation. This is why the
Association has assumed the mandate of organizing social activities for
its members and friends. These meetings aim at breaking the isolation
still quite present among the population of little people and so
damaging to their physical and psychological health.
Whatever the reason for conducting
these activities may be, these meetings bring participants to exchange,
discuss, and share common experiences. The Association provides and
creates the environment, the atmosphere, and the framework for everyone
to feel at home. At these reunions that include adult little people,
parents of children of small stature, and supporting members, we enjoy
ourselves, we learn to know and love ourselves, we understand
ourselves, and we accept ourselves as we are.
These meetings that welcome adults and
children may sometimes include between 100 and 200 people, a
significant number that shows the need and relevance of these regular
Provincial Annual Meeting: our
summer camp spreads out over three consecutive days during the month of
August. A large number of families come to enjoy the campfire, to swim
and play water games, to participate in bocce and volleyball
tournaments, or to unwind at the Saturday evening dance. People come to
re-energize and build new friendships that will become established
throughout the year.
time of the year when little people are too often associated with
Santa's elves, our party is held away from prying and unkind eyes. The
fantastic and exhilarating atmosphere particular to this time of the
year makes our big Christmas party magical and unique. The slogans are
fun, cheerfulness, happiness and festivities. For the children, we add
the magic of Santa Claus who comes to greet them and hands small gifts
to each one of them.
Each year during the month of March, the Association invites its
members and friends to a sugar shack in the Monteregie region. They
come in large numbers to celebrate and enjoy a traditional hearty meal
of the sugaring-off season.
In addition to eating to their hearts'
content, members take the time to talk and to exchange with others.
This is also part of the goal pursued by this kind of activity: to
spend a good time with people who share similar experiences and similar
difficulties that can be easily discussed.
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Around a friendly barbecue, members of the Association may sometimes
invite other members to visit their home when it has undergone changes
to increase the autonomy and well-being of little people living there.
For these visitors, this is the opportunity to exchange ideas with an
eye to adapting their own homes while learning the procedures that
could ensure the funding required to conduct these home adaptations.