“When my husband was reaching the final stages of cancer, I reached out to NOVA and they immediately came to our rescue. Dedicating her nights, the home health aid provided the care and attention for him to pass away at home in serenity and with dignity, surrounded by his family. We would have never been able to offer my husband this gift without NOVA’s help. Following his death, the bereavement support program enabled us to get through the difficult times. The level of comfort and care we got from NOVA went beyond our expectations. They are our angels on earth.”

Providing high quality healthcare and support to the West Island community for 108 years.

Formerly known as the Victoria Order of Nurses (VON), NOVA is a non profit organization that provides high quality, innovative healthcare to the vulnerable population of the West Island dealing with cancer or ALS amongst other things. Established in 1911, NOVA has been serving our community for 108 years.

Who is their service for?

Cancer and ALS patients as well as their families. They improve the quality of life for vulnerable adults, youth and families in 16 municipalities: Baie d’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Dorval, Île Bizard, Île Perrot, Kirkland, Lachine, Pierrefonds, Pincourt, Pointe-Claire, Roxboro, Senneville, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Ste-Geneviève and Terrasse-Vaudreuil.

What are NOVA services?

NOVA West Island offers a range of services free of charge or at low cost through the financial support of  the community. Contact NOVA West Island to know more about the programs below:

  • Palliative Home Nursing Care (cancer/ALS)
  • Bereavement Support for adults and children
  • Adult Day Centers for adults with cognitive deficits
  • Home Support
  • Support groups for caregivers (ALS and Alzheimer)

NOVA in numbers (in one year)

9 registered nurses = 6.3 full time

702 clients served

9,346 visits in palliative care, bereavement, adult day centre & home support programs

255 active volunteers

17,161+ hours donated by volunteers

6 Thrift Shops

NOVA addresses the many difficult and complex aspects of dealing with cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease and the effects on seniors, caregivers and bereaved adults and children of the West Island community.

During illness treatment and until the end of life, NOVA fills an important gap that is missing in the health care system.

Nova needs your help

NOVA West Island plays a vital role in our community. We are continuously approaching potential donors at the individual, community and corporate levels to fund our widely recognized and appreciated programs and services. We do not receive any federal or provincial government funding and we have the professional latitude to provide as many nursing visits and interventions based on our clients’ needs and not ministerial guidelines. As the aging population is increasing and more people are living with cancer, ALS and Alzheimer, we need your financial support to respond to the growing demands in caring for the vulnerable people in our community.


Contact NOVA West Island




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