History of the group
ASEQ-EHAQ is a group that has been built and run by volunteers who strongly believe in the necessity for change with regards to environmental sensitivities (ES). It is unacceptable for us to watch people suffering and do nothing to help them.
Our compassion and caring are constantly called to action when on a daily basis we are presented with suffering and illness that is not being adequately / properly addressed. This in turn leads to loss of employment and sometimes loss of housing, family and their support system. We constantly see the deplorable: people misunderstood and marginalized, and all because they have lost tolerance for chemicals commonly encountered in the myriad of products that are used, by mould, by electromagnetic radiation, etc.
Despite all this, we are constantly amazed by the ingenious ways members cope with and overcome the most challenging and seemingly hopeless situations. These are the people who drive the energy that moves the group. Our goal is to have ES recognized, and for patients to receive appropriate treatment and social services here in Québec.
As a result of numerous appeals from people suffering from toxic injury, the Allergy and Environmental Health Association (presently known as the Environmental Health Association of Québec) was started in 2004. One of the first informal meetings took place in a park in Westmount, Québec. Five people, many of whom were severely intolerant to perfumes and other chemicals and who could not find any building in which to meet, came together in the only place they could all tolerate, and held the group’s first meeting. They dared to dream – of reaching out to others with the same health problem, of obtaining healthy spaces so they could get their freedom back, of treatment and support so that they could recover their health. Those pioneers were Solona Armstrong, Lila Gotthiel, Paula McKeown, Rohini Peris and Michel Gaudet.
The Mission of the Environmental Health Association of Québec (EHAQ) is: