Donate a motorized vehicle

We are partnering with Donate a Car Canada to accept your vehicle donation from anywhere in Canada. Donate a car, a truck, a RV, or even a boat. You will be provided free towing, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation.

When you donate your vehicle to our charity through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or re-sold (depending on its condition, age and location). Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for our charity. You will receive a tax receipt after your vehicle donation has been processed!


Red car on the road. By Mathieu, c2000. Source: CDIC-CIDE.

#ArchivesUnited – International Archives Week 2023

Each year, the International Council on Archives holds a world wide awareness campaign that promotes this invaluable human activity. We join the effort by reminding our followers and supporters to take good care of their personal archives, including their children’s contributions to their family history, and for the greater good in our collective experience. Take action by donating items to archives such as ours, so that future generations can be inspired to do the same.

This year again, for International Archives Day, June 9th, we take the opportunity to launch our fundraising campaign until November. Use our CanadaHelps donation form. Past support helped us make the collection available and searchable online, as well as attend community and professional events, where we meet people and build awareness for the cause.

Oh, mother!

With Mothers’ Day just around the corner, time is right to praise them and their vital contribution to humanity. Did you know that our collection spans several generations of mothers? This is to say that we celebrate them pretty much 24/7. Case in point, three women, three mothers, three doers who are among those who made the collection a reality.

Lisette Tremblay had saved drawings, collages and school works that she made as a child and a teenager in the 1940s. She kept to herself that she had preserved these items dear to her for decades, while raising a family, and until reaching the venerable age of eighty. She did the same for her children, most of whom are also represented in the collection. The collection even includes a collage by a great-grand-son of hers. The fonds named after her spans over sixty years, and is the most significant in this respect.

Gisèle Dallaire’s children are also well represented in the collection. The images were made in Montreal during the late 90s and early 2000s. Gisèle was an early supporter of the idea of our collection, long before it was even incorportated and established. Her two children were adults at the time of their contribution. It was a family initiative.

Sangeetha Gnanavel is from a new generation of mothers. She began volunteering with us from the early days of our activities, and has been a great supporter during the challenging outset of the pandemic. She helped us reach out to young families, precisely where children’s art is created, and also too often discarded, sadly.

Mothers, save your children’s art! Children, say thank you mom.

The parrot. Paper cut collage, 1940s, by Lisette Tremblay. Source: CDIC-CIDE.

Welcome to a new board member

It is with great pleasure that our organization welcomes Nish Parameswaran, our new board member. Bringing her energy and leadership to the table for a two-year term, Nish will help our Collection reach new heights and new followers.

Nish Parameswaran is a Science and Business graduate from the University of Waterloo, with over twelve years of experience in Logistics and Operations. She is a results-driven professional with a passion for creating efficiencies and driving change.

As a mother of two young children, Nish finds inspiration in their creativity and curiosity, which drives her to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to everything she does.

We would also like to express our many thanks to Maya Grubisic and Dilshani Ranaraja, who both completed their terms with us this spring. Their ongoing support brought to life our current strategic goals and committee structure. Under their watch, we navigated the pandemic and our online visibility kept growing impressively. Thank you!

Nish Parameswaran

National Volunteer Week 2023

We join Volunteer Canada and all its affiliates in celebrating citizens who engage in volunteer activities around the world. Thank you to our current and past volunteers for their support and dedication in making our collection a reality.

We are actually looking for extra help on two of our standing committees this coming year, so please visit our committee mandates page and consider joining us, be it in person or virtually.

For the little ones, Volunteer Canada has this fun coloring page. Bring your colors to this week’s celebrations and share them for everyone to see you care.

In the ad below, a drawing from our collection made in 1970. It shows church goers all smiles on a bright sunny day, part of a religious class scrapbook.

Volunteer Week 2023. Sources: Volunteer Canada and CDIC-CIDE.

Here we come, Archeion

A few weeks ago, we joined Archeion, an online service provided by the Archives Association of Ontario. A little over one hundred records, or about a fifth of our collection is now accessible on the platform, and all items will eventually make their way there. For easy access from our website, simply click on Browse the collection from the menu to the right.

For now, three of our fonds are visible on Archeion. Together, they present images from the late 1970s until recently. Our images from earlier decades will be added as we continue entering new records in the system.

Special thanks to Jazmine Aldrich, Archeion Coordinator, for kindly assisting us in this important step forward. Many thanks also to volunteer Michael K. Chow, who helped us identify the best online database solution for us.

Archeion logo. Source: Archives Association of Ontario
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