The ACTE is to remain an informal support network, without
a fixed address until 1989, when it obtains a subvention,
allowing for its first pied a terre. It boasts an approximate
membership of thirty.
In the early 1990′s, the Sherbrooke Geriatric Institute, responsible
at this time for dispensing intensive rehabilitative services,
welcomes the ACTE within its buildings. In the same year, the
association hires a coordinator/intervenor and a secretary.
A collaborative partnership begins and the ACTE publishes its first bulletin.
In response to the recommendations of the regional organizational
plan of services aimed towards individuals with brain trauma, in
1992 the ACTE sponsors an awareness and information Regional
Colloquium on brain trauma. The colloquium closes with a series
of recommendations regarding the human, financial, informational,
and service needs of trauma survivors. A committee is formed to
monitor the implementation of these recommendations. In
January 1994, it presents a report of its findings to the
Regie Regionale of Health and Social Services.
The ACTE’s tenth anniversary affords an opportunity to organize
a number of promotional activities. These include conferences,
videos, shows and theatre. They take place concurrently with
the regular activities offered in the mid 90′s including support
groups, information sessions, leisure, and rights advocacy.
1995 brings the project for a Day Activity Program to the forefront.
Various partners (ARLPPHE, CRE, Regie) are courted and their
financial help solicited. The project is seen as a means to help
survivors maintain their abilities and maximize their potential.
Concurrent with this undertaking, the ACTE proceeds to increase
its human resources. This is partially due to the signing of the first
service contract with the SAAQ in 1997, effectively consolidating
the ACTE’s presence in the regional network. In 1999, the Régie
Régionale of Health and Social Services of the Eastern Townships
grants a non-recurrent, two-year subvention for a pilot Day
Activity Program for individuals with a CVA or brain trauma in
the Townships. The program is launched in 2000. At this time,
the ACTE continues to assert itself actively within the network
by becoming involved in the creation of two provincial groups,
the RAPTCCQ (Regroupement des associations de personnes
traumatisées cranio-cérébrales du Québec) and the RAPAQ
(Regroupement des associations de personnes aphasiques du Québec).
The ACTE celebrates its fifteenth anniversary by organizing
a forum under the theme of “La parole aux sans voix”,
(Speech for the Voiceless). This forum brings together 120
people and extends an opportunity for mutual exchanges,
sharing, and learning. The celebration is further highlighted
by an evening of improvisation piting a team from the
‘Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation’ against a team of local
journalists and members of the ACTE.
The preeminent issue of focus for the following three years is the
search for a permanent home for the ACTE to plant its roots.
However, it is to move three times in three years before
attaining the goal of stability at 68 Jacques-Cartier Boulevard;
grounds belonging to the CRE.
The first years of the new millennium sees the ACTE pursue its
Regional and Provincial distinction, develop a day program
tailored to the needs of its members, and continues to cultivate
bonds with its network partners. Not surprisingly, references
proliferate and the ACTE thrives. This growth ushers in two
years of debates, reflection, and reexamination, culminating
in the redefinition of vision, roles and responsibilities. The ACTE
equips itself with new policies and tools (human resources
management) thereby consolidating and strengthening its