An alley in Hochelaga in the name of Doctor Gilles Julien

An alley in Hochelaga in the name of Doctor Gilles Julien

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An alley located between rue Adam and rue La Fontaine, in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal, has been symbolically renamed “alley Doctor Julien” by the Center de pédiatrie sociale en communautaire (CPSC ) La Ruelle d'Hochelaga. 

Nearly 200 people gathered on Sunday for the unveiling of the name of the alley and to celebrate the work of Dr. Julien.

“For thirty years, [he] has been involved in improving the health and well-being of children in vulnerable situations. In the neighborhood, we go to “Doc Julien” for a bit of everything: find mittens or a toque, get treatment for minor sores that occur on the way to school or have a snack, “said the mayor of the borough, Pierre Lessard-Blais, by press release.

“By associating an alley with the symbol of Dr. Julien's commitment, we recognize the importance of social solidarity with the families of Hochelaga,” added Mr. Lessard-Blais.

Recall that in 1997, the man who is nicknamed the father of social pediatrics created the first community social pediatrics center located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, called La Ruelle d'Hochelaga. Today, more than forty social pediatrics centers in Quebec follow this model of integrated medicine.

“In Hochelaga, I I discovered an impoverished district, certainly, but one of exceptional authenticity. As soon as I arrived, and after a few clinics in the basement of a former presbytery, I explored the neighborhood to meet the population there, and perhaps also new allies. It was the beginning of a beautiful story with this district. I received a lot there on a human level, and I feel blessed to rub shoulders with the “real world”, so transparent and grateful,” said the main interested party, Dr. Gilles Julien.