On November 11, 2017, my daughter, Lucie Ayerdi-Bélisle, celebrated her first birthday.
On November 12, 2016, one day after she was born, Lucie developed several different symptoms and was transferred from Hôpital Saint-Luc to Hôpital Sainte-Justine after tests showed that she had heart disease. Nine days later, Dr. Poirier’s team at Sainte-Justine performed open heart surgery on Lucie.
Today, my daughter is completely cured and is living a normal life. Since the surgery, we’ve been to Sainte-Justine more than 20 times for postoperative follow-ups, Cardiology appointments, a meeting at the CINC, meetings in Occupational Therapy, a few visits to Emergency, and regular follow-up appointments in Pediatrics with Dr. Litalien.
I have a strong connection to Sainte-Justine; I’m very attached to this hospital, which saved my daughter’s life. And that’s one of the main reasons why I decided to get involved with the Users’ Committee.
Outside of my life as a mother, I’m a Resource Advisor at the Direction des bibliothèques de Montréal. I earned a Master’s degree in Library Science in 2010 and have been working ever since. I manage a wide range of projects for Montréal’s 45 libraries on a daily basis. I specialize in play in all its various forms, and the ways in which Montréal families incorporate it into their lifestyles. Over the years, I have also volunteered for several different organizations, in particular, as the chairperson of the non-profit Ludo‑Québec. I’ve also served as the vice-chair of the Salon du livre de Montréal for the past two years.