Our Neighbours

Action Communiterre

Action Communiterre
6244  Sherbrooke W.
Telephone: 514 484-0223

Action Communiterre is a local non-profit organization promoting food security through a network of collective gardens, workshops, and activities that create better awareness of – and more widespread access to—fresh, healthy food. The group has been a major partner in the development of Saint Monica's extensive garden, giving the school access to fresh, healthy food and helping the students and staff build a sense of community focusing on food security.

Benny Centre

Benny Centre
6440 Terrebonne Avenue
Info: 514 872-6720

Benny Center shares space with Saint Monica, with a separate entrance facing Benny Park  at the back of the school building. The centre makes use of the school's gymnasium outside of school hours, and is a very important Saint Monica partner throughout the school year. Focusing on programs for local youth and families, the Centre offers free drop-in gym activities throughout the year, as well as a Summer Day Camp, Cycling Programs  and special events for the community. The Benny Centre is the ideal extension of life at Saint Monica outside of school hours.

Benny Farm CLSC

Benny Farm CLSC
6484 Monkland Avenue
Info: 514 484-7878

The new Benny Farm CLSC, part of the Cavendish Health and Social Services Centre (CSSS), is conveniently located at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Monkland Avenue.

Along with other residents of the NDG neighbourhood,the Benny Farm CLSC offers the Saint Monica community the following services:

The CSSS also works in partnership with the school for all health-related concerns. The school nurse is provided by the CSSS, and representatives from the CSSS regularly take part in orientation sessions for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.

Benny Library

Benny Library
3465 Benny Avenue
Adults: 514 872-4147
Children: 514 872-4636

The Benny Library opened in 1956, in a building that had originally been the temporary chapel of Saint Monica’s parish. The building still retains all the architectural charms of the original chapel and a warm and inviting family atmosphere.

Saint Monica students benefit from the Library's large selection of documents in French and English, for both children and adults. The collection includes books, magazines, newspapers, CD-ROMS, talking books and large-print books.

New Benny Library and Cultural Centre

Currently under construction at the corner of Monkland and Benny Avenues, the new Benny Library and Cultural Centre will open in late 2014. It will provide an expanded collection ideal for Saint Monica students only steps away from the school.

Benny Skatepark

Benny Skatepark
Cavendish Boulevard / Terrebonne Avenue
Info: 311 or 514-872-0311

From late April to early October, enjoy this great skatepark designed specifically for skateboarders and in-line skaters. The park is only steps away from Saint Monica, and features ramps, rails and a small half-pipe. Helmets are mandatory, and there is a supervisor on hand while the park is open. Users must obtain a free membership card from the supervisor.

Doug Harvey Arena

Doug Harvey Arena
4985 West Hill Avenue
Info: 514 872-6028

Named for the famed Montreal Canadiens defenseman Doug Harvey, who played for the team from 1947 until 1964, this local arena offers St Monica students and their families an indoor skating surface  within a 5-minute walk from the school. Many times each winter, students will enjoy skating excursions at the arena as part of their Physical Education classes.

There is no charge at any time for children's free skate and free-hockey hours. Skate and helmet rentals are also available.

Bleu Blanc Bouge Skating Rink

Next door to the Doug Harvey Arena in Confederation Park, you'll find the outdoor Bleu Blanc Bouge refrigerated skating rink. Built through a special donation from the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, the rink is an ideal place for kids 17 years old and younger to practice skating during the winter months. While renovations to the Doug Harvey Arena are underway, Saint Monica students will be making use of this rink to practice skating with their physical education classes.

Neighbourhood Fire Station 46

Neighbourgood Fire Station 46
4760, avenue Cumberland
Telephone: 514 280-0868
In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1

Fire Station 46 of the Montreal Fire Department is the closest station to Saint Monica. A 5-minute walk from the school, the Fire Prevention service works very closely with Saint Monica when it comes to fire safety. Each year, the school conducts fire drills and evacuation exercises under the direction of Fire Prevention officers, who also provide tips and advice on fire safety to each of our students.

Fire Station Tours

Tours of Fire Station 46 can be arranged for groups of children aged 5 and up accompanied by at least one adult. The duration of the tour is about an hour and it takes place between 8am and 5pm. Visits to the station allow children to familiarize themselves with the work environment of firefighters and their equipment. To make a request, please consult the SIM website

Neighbourhood Police Station 11

Neighbourhood Police Station 11
6255, rue Somerled
Telephone: 514 280-0111
In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1

Neighbourhood Station 11 of the Montreal Police Department (SPVM) serves all of the territory of NDG. The station itself is only 5 minutes away from Saint Monica by foot, and has a close connection to the school. Not only does the station coordinate the several school crossing guards serving Saint Monica, but its community relations officers frequently visit the school with helpful tips and advice for students.

The Saint Monica community can take advantage of the following service offered by PDQ 11:

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Sports Centre

NDG Sports Centre
6445 Monkland Avenue
Info: 514 481-4634

The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Sports Centre opened in 2011, and the Saint Monica community has made good use of the new facility ever since. Located only steps away from the school, the centre boasts a 25-metre lap pool, a recreational pond, a gym (basketball, volleyball, badminton, etc.), a weight room and two multi-purpose rooms, ideal for meetings and seminars. Students frequently enjoy excursions to the swimming pool as part of the school's physical education program.

The sports centre offers a plethora of activities for residents of all ages; registration is available online as space permits. The centre is managed through a partnership between the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, SOGEP and Loisirs Sportifs Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.