Three inaugurations, one passion
ORA, Margo and L’Initial, the three seniors’ residences by Le Groupe Maurice that opened their doors in 2019, celebrated their inauguration ceremonies this fall. Here’s a look back at the festivities.
ORA: energy and light
The nearly 360 residents who attended ORA’s inauguration ceremony were treated to an enchanting black and gold-themed soirée organized by the residence’s team for the special event. Émilie Thuillier (borough mayor of Ahuntsic-Cartierville), Hadrien Parizeau (Montreal city councillor for the district of Saint-Sulpice) and the political attaché of the Member of the National Assembly for Maurice-Richard were all present at the event to officially welcome ORA to the community.
Located in a peaceful neighbourhood not far from a major urban intersection, ORA opened its doors to residents in April 2019. The residence offers a living environment that meets seniors’ needs while allowing them to pursue their aspirations. ORA’s arrival has also meant an increase in neighbourhood amenities, with the integration of an IGA, a Familiprix pharmacy and a restaurant (L’Œufrier) on the residence’s ground floor.
“For several months now, I’ve had the privilege to interact with ORA’s residents on a daily basis, and I can confidently say that Le Groupe Maurice made the right move with this project. Seniors like being close to where the action is, and that’s exactly what the residence offers. It’s the perfect balance between quiet neighbourhood living and all the excitement of being in a city!” — Jean Paquette, General Manager of ORA
As is the custom when Le Groupe Maurice moves into a new area, the company chose to give back to the community. To this end, it constructed 55 community housing units adjacent to ORA that will provide homes for people with autism.
Margo: a vibrant addition to the community
Margo, which opened its doors in June 2019, is already proving to be a resounding success. Quartier-Sud had already made a big splash in the community, so Le Groupe Maurice’s reputation among the seniors of Lévis is well established.
At the inauguration event, residents enjoyed appetizers with sparkling wine and shared laughs and stories with their neighbours. They also got the chance to talk to Luc Maurice, Marguerite Blais (Quebec’s Minister Responsible for Seniors and Informal Caregivers), Gilles Lehouillier (the mayor of Lévis) and Steven Blaney (the outgoing Member of Parliament for Bellechasse–Les Etchemins–Lévis) and share their first impressions after their initial few months at Margo.
“We’re proud that Le Groupe Maurice chose Lévis as the location for the Margo residence. The project aligns perfectly with our vision of the city’s development by offering housing tailored to the needs of seniors who want to remain in their community or stay close to family and friends.” — Gilles Lehouillier, Mayor of Lévis
L’Initial: the start of an exciting adventure
L’Initial in Aylmer is the first Le Groupe Maurice residential complex for seniors built in the Gatineau region. The highly anticipated residence, which finally opened its doors in February 2019, already has an extremely impressive occupancy rate, with 95% of apartments rented out.
Olivier Picard, the residence’s general manager, was deeply moved by the residents who attended the event and their enthusiasm for the project: “Since the start of this exciting adventure, my team and I have dedicated ourselves to offering residents at L’Initial a living environment that they can embrace and identify with. I’m also passionate about creating new opportunities for sharing and connection through greater community involvement. It’s something we can all be happy about!”
The importance of the bonds and friendships built between the residents and the team were mentioned again and again during the inauguration. The residence’s unique service offer–with several businesses operating within the residence itself–was also universally praised.
“We had been interested in developing an innovative project in the region for quite some time. By developing the only seniors’ residential complex in the region that offers direct access to a large commercial space, Le Groupe Maurice achieved its goal of creating projects that combine attractiveness and functionality.” — Luc Maurice, President of Le Groupe Maurice