Pleins Rayons offers a variety of learning stations where apprentices can experiment with different tasks depending on their interests. These stations are part of two integration programs recognized by the Ministry of Education.
Thanks to the financial support of Pacte Rural, equipment and materials for a woodworking station were acquired.
Pleins Rayons developed a birdhouse-making and installing project aiming at attracting insectivorous birds, like bluebird and tree swallow, to naturally and ecologically control crop pests. The apprentices of Pleins Rayons are responsible for building and installing the birdhouses and collecting the data which are then passed on to the farmers and growers.
To date, more than 650 birdhouses have been made and installed in the Brome-Missisquoi region. We also provided birdhouses to municipalities and individuals from all over Québec. This project has positive environmental impacts as well, since it allows farmers, growers and municipalities to reduce their use of insecticides. To give just one example, the vineyard L’Orpailleur reduced by at least 70 % the quantity of insecticides used thanks to our birdhouses.
Our apprentices also made Bat Houses to provide these birds safe shelters, vital to their survival. Bats are excellent neighbours, because they help to control insects in the spring and summer. Pleins Rayons’ apprentices also made kestrels houses, a small falcon whose population has declined due to urbanisation and intensification of cultivation.
If you wish to do your part in the safeguard of endangered species by purchasing birdhouses, please call us at 450-263-5300!
Throughout the year, other woodworking projects are initiated such as the fabrication of cutting boards, oven rack push sticks, serving trays, candlesticks, etc. There is no shortage of ideas!
- $20 = Birdhouse
- $40 = Kestrels House
- $100 = Bat House
Pleins Rayons teaches bike mechanics to its apprentices. They repair the used bikes we collect and, when they are too damaged, the good parts are reused and what remains is sent to a metal recovery site. The repaired bikes are given back to the community for free or at reasonable price. To this day, more than 700 bikes have been given to children in need, newcomers or primary and secondary schools to encourage activity among young people. Pleins Rayons’ apprentices participate to the delivery of the bikes and give them to the kids.
At Pleins Rayons, we are putting the 3R in practice:
A Bike Shop is open to the public for tune-ups and bike repairs and for purchasing accessories. In this station, apprentices serve customers, do bike maintenance and sell accessories.
Monday to Thursday: 9 h 30 to 15 h
Friday: 9 h to 12 h
No appointment is necessary for our bike shop and repair services. Simply present yourself at Pleins Rayons and we will be happy to serve you!
Please note that the Bike Shop is opened from February to the end of October.
The local community has contributed greatly to the creation of the sewing space through donations of sewing machines, fabrics and sewing accessories. The apprentices learn how to sew by hand and with a sewing machine to make different items such as aprons, reusable bags, pouches, etc.
They also learn embroidery, working their fine motor skills – and their patience! For some, it is the occasion to unleash their creativity!
Apprentices are also proud to contribute to the common effort during this pandemic period by making masks.
Pleins Rayons’ apprentices have the opportunity to work in companies to gain work experiences, and thus, identify their areas of interest.
Through contracts given to Pleins Rayons by companies that believe in our mission, the apprentices also learn to accomplish specific and various tasks. Some of these tasks give the apprentices the occasion to experience what it is like to work on an assembly line.
Under the supervision of a special care counsellor, the apprentices develop their social and professional skills and learn the basic rules that any worker must follow in a workplace.
We favour activities that have an environmental or communal significance, like the recycling of sugar bush tubing.
Pleins Rayons initiated an indoor horticulture project. Throughout, the year, the apprentices grow vegetables, fruits and herbs.
In Summer 2019, in collaboration with Brome-Missisquoi Campus and local growers, apprentices had the opportunity to work in the Campus kitchen to transform food. We then distributed the prepared meals in the community through le Frigo Vert, volunteer centres and schools, giving children and families access to healthy food.
In Spring 2020, we sold about a hundred tomato, cucumber and pepper plants. As this project was very successful, we intend to widen our product offer for next year! Furthermore, thanks to a donation from Les Chevaliers de Colomb, we bought two greenhouse lights. So next Spring, watch for our new variety of vegetables and herbs for your garden!
Each endeavor taken at Pleins Rayons has a direct impact in the community and allows the participants to grow, experience achievement, and most importantly, earn satisfying recognition.X
Pleins Rayons is constantly innovating as it seeks to offer quality services and activities for its apprentices. Also, each project has a positive environmental impact in the region through the recycling of material (bikes, wood, clothing, fabric, metal, etc.). For example, our bird house making project has made it easier for farmers to attract insectivorous birds.X
Meaningful projects give the apprentices the opportunity to gain practical socio-professional skills. The approach enables to build upon each apprentice acquired knowledge and strengths by aiming self-fulfillment through social inclusion or hiring. The apprentices can also express their creativity through our various services, helping projects, and items creation or restauration for our community.X