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Our history

Centre Philou was founded in 2005 by Diane Chênevert and Sylvain Brosseau, parents of Philippe (Philou), who suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy.

During the first years of his life, Philippe was an extremely difficult child; he was always crying and he would never fall asleep. Thus, Philippe had a lot of difficulty to drink and eat, he was often sick and refused to be taken care of by someone else than his parents. By doing some research, Philippe’s family found a lack of resources for respite as well as psychological, financial and other help. That’s when Diane, Sylvain and their daughter, Camille, decided to fill this gap by offering a new respite service. Gradually, the idea grew and led to the creation of Centre Philou.


Today, Centre Philou provides services to nearly 200 families of polyimpaired individuals aged 0 to 29, and is working on a number of projects to develop a complete range of services for those aged 0 to 40.


Au nom des familles et de leurs enfants, au nom de de toute l’équipe qui travaille avec amour et ardeur au Centre Philou, nous vous remercions du fond du coeur de croire en nous, de nous donner le courage et l’énergie de continuer à grandir.


On behalf of the families and their children, on behalf of all the team members who work with love and ardor at Centre Philou, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in us, for giving us the courage and energy to continue to grow.