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A book about the 20 years of Le Boulot Vers ..., an original journey in social economy.

Written by Anne-Marie Mottet and recently published by Éditions du Boréal, tells the story of a local venture entirely dedicated to employment insertion of young adults in difficulty.

In 1983, in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood of Montréal, Canada, the founders of Le Boulot Vers… (LBV) wanted to create a non-profit insertion organization – the first in Quebec – that was unique: a “profitable” cabinet making shop and a “house” that would welcome a clientele in need.
This book is about the day-to-day reality of young people in difficulty, their evolution, their stories. It is also about the undying commitment of the business community and the continued work of the LBV professionals who offer induction, orientation and reference services.

Over 85 percent of the LBV participants find a job or return to school upon completion of their stay. At the end of a two-year follow-up period, more than 80 percent are still working or are improving their professional skills.

When it comes to social changes, we are only beginning to take an interest in social economy and the growing organizations in that sector.

While many organizations have been created in the last two decades, little has been written about their experiences, their successes and their difficulties. A collection of all the experiments carried out, Mottet’s book is a combination of reflection handbook and practical workbook for decision-makers and entrepreneurs whose first aim is, well before profits and financial performance, to offer autonomous, personalized and empowerment services to the community.

To those who seriously ponder the possibilities of community action, especially with respect to employability, this book reveals the numerous battles fought at LBV over the years and the toolbox, gradually filled to “frame” the vision.

Located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (Montréal), LBV has supported, since its creation in 1983, hundreds of young adults in difficulty, helping them re-enter the labour force on a sustainable basis or encouraging them to return to school to build a better future.

The author, ANNE-MARIE MOTTET, has been involved with many community organizations. Her book, LE BOULOT VERS… 20 ANS À MEUBLER DES VIES, published by Éditions du Boréal, is available at all good bookstores. It can also be purchased by contacting Nancy Brière, of LBV, at (514) 259-2312.

Sources: Jean Gagnon Doré, Communication agent, Le Boulot vers…, (514) 259-2312; Gabrielle Cauchy, Les Éditions du Boréal, (514) 336-3941, extension 229..





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