ACTE is what it is today, thanks to all the people who, for more than 35 years, have contributed to its development, worked for it and been participating members.
1984 - Creation of ACTE
The Association des accidentés Cérébrovasculaires ou Traumatisés Crâniens de l’Estrie (ACTE) was founded on December 19, 1984 by three people: a stroke victim, a TBI victim and a healthcare professional.
In its early days, ACTE was a support network with no premises or staff.
1994 - ACTE celebrated 10 years
For its 10th anniversary, ACTE organized more sustained promotional activities: conferences, videos, shows, theatre plays.
This was in addition to the regular activities offered in the mid-1990s: support networks, information activities, recreation, representation and advocacy.
- The Regroupement des associations de personnes traumatisées craniocérébrales du Québec (RAPTCCQ)
- The Regroupement des associations de personnes aphasiques du Québec (RAPAQ)
1999 - ACTE celebrated 15 years
On its 15th anniversary, ACTE organized a forum on the theme “La parole aux sans voix” (A voice for the voiceless) where 120 people took part in a day of exchanges and information. Also, to celebrate its 15 years, a team from the National Improvisation League faced a team of journalists from the region and ACTE members.
ACTE’s relocation to permanent premises remained one of the major issues for the following three years. ACTE moved its offices three times in three years and eventually became a tenant of the CRE on boulevard Jacques-Cartier Nord.
2004 - ACTE celebrated 20 years
During the 2000s, ACTE continued to:
- Expand its regional and provincial reach;
- Develop a program of activities to meet the needs of its members;
- Maintain close ties with its partners.
As a result, more and more potential members were being referred. Those years brought their share of debates, questions, clashes of ideas and visions. The Association had to redefine the roles and responsibilities of each member at the heart of its organization and adopt policies and tools (human resources management), with a view to consolidating its management.
2019 - ACTE celebrated 35 years
To celebrate its 35th anniversary, ACTE organized some activities that were out of the ordinary, such as:
- An improv night that allowed members of ACTE’s improvisation workshop to compete with members of the l’Abordage improvisation league in Sherbrooke;
- Conferences dedicated to members and the public.
ACTE extended its services to the regions by opening service points in Coaticook, Lac-Mégantic and Magog. The year ended with a big Christmas dinner for members.
2020 - Year of the pandemic
We cannot ignore that this year brought about a virtual shift in the provision of ACTE’s services, particularly with regard to certain activities. What does the future hold?
To be continued!