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France Labelle et Dan Bigras, le Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal 2

 A man and his word


In 1991, he said: “I will stand by the Refuge as long as I can make a difference”.  And he’s been standing by his word ever since.

He contributed to the recognition of the Refuge and its mission, and he’s found various ways to express homeless youths’ distress. He protested against all forms of violence that many of them were dealing with, including the most sophisticated and devastating of all: ignorance.

Ironically, these are the same young men that are found disturbing the peace and being displaced. People want them to go away. And as he demonstrated so many times, “we kick them out of outside”.

This man discusses, makes demands and, occasionally, disrupts.

This is the same artist who writes, sings, loves and is being loved. With the strength of his talent, and with his sincerity, dedication and rough tenderness, he can convince and rally many people to his cause.

For 25 years, he’s been involved with the “Show pour un Refuge” (a Show for a Shelter), a concert that benefits our shelter for homeless youth.

This man is Dan Bigras, known to close friends as Daniel!

France Labelle, Executive director

“For the youths, the street is not a state, it’s a step. Nothing is set in stone. There are no manuals that say which kid is going to commit suicide and which one will pull through. Nothing is set. Everything can be turned around. Always.”

– Dan Bigras, spokesperson for the Refuge des Jeunes