By Michael Boriero
Local Journalism Initiative
For the first time since 2019, Les Petits Frères de Sherbrooke, an organization that has been helping to break isolation among seniors throughout Quebec for over 60 years, is hosting its annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 24 at the Hôtel Le Président.
Like many events in the province, the annual dinner was cancelled due to pandemic health and safety restrictions in 2020 and 2021. The organization works closely with seniors over the age of 75 years old, a population that has been struck hard by Covid cases for over three years.
The organization accompanies 143 seniors in Sherbrooke, thanks to the help of an army of 181 volunteers. But the dinner will bring together about 55 to 60 seniors, depending on last-minute cancellations, and 35 volunteers, according to Keven Michaud, a manager at Les Petits Frères.
“This is the first time we’re doing the event in person. Since the beginning of the pandemic we had to reinvent ourselves to hold our activities in a different way. This will be the first Christmas since the beginning of the pandemic that we’ll be all together on Dec. 24,” Michaud explained.