The Waska Movement is a non-formal association grouping benevolent individuals and humanitarian organizations in Québec City advocating:
- autonomy (empowerment) – being able to earn your own living without depending on government money and charity;
- responsibility – individually making sure one’s actions has positive impact one oneself and on one’s community; actively taking part in the community’s development;
- experiential learning – the method of learning through experimenting, guided by an adept;
- community dialogue and mutual aid.
The Waska Movement began with the founding, in April of 1982, of Club 3E by students. When Club 3E later closed, the Movement continued on and its advocates founded similar organizations which, most of them, bore the name Waska: Club Waska, Waska & Associates, Médiagraphie-Waska, Union des clubs Waska, Fidé, Connexion Ouest, Communauté Waska, Projet Waska.
- tutoring them – showing them the techniques how to earn their own living and how to maintain this quality of life;
- being for them a resource centre – allowing them to come to Waska to get provisional help in their journey to autonomy;
- being for them a mutual aid network – grouping peers who can share their own experience and feelings on their pursuit of autonomy, gathering contacts throughout the region who seek to help them with opportunities.
How? The organization reaches its goals through activities and services exclusively available to its members: experiential learning workshops, technical support, and operational help. Here are some examples:
- experiential workshop: learning how to become autonomous;
- experiential workshop: learning how to use the computer;
- experiential workshop: learning how to improve your French;
- experiential workshop: learning how to become bilingual for work purposes;
- experiential workshop: introduction to doing business in French in Québec City for English-speaking businesspeople;
- experiential workshop: tutoring – help in learning in general;
- technical support: computer repair and maintenance;
- technical support: assistance in buying and installing a computer or network;
- technical support: switching to Linux and Opensource software;
- operational support: get some provisional help for your non-profit organization, a helping hand in secretarial work, document typing, translation, correction, event planning, graphic design, etc..
All these services are aimed at showing how to become autonomous and collaborative in the community, while giving a helping hand in the process. The main goal is to learn how to do things by yourself.
The Waska Movement and the related organizations – such as Waska, autonomie et services techniques communautaires – are non-religious, non-political and very peaceful mobilization efforts. They work at helping people improve their quality of life, regardless of their culture, religious beliefs, social status, professional level, etc. Waskans do not take part in activist demonstrations. They work constructively at making better living conditions.
(near the intersection of De L’Église Road & St.Louis Road)
The expression “organization” hereby includes non-profit organizations and associations, public organizations, micro-enterprises (10 employees or less) and social clubs.