Our History

The first Thrift Shop for NOVA opened in Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue in 1998.
Our organization has since grown to include six unique locations in the West Island of Montreal.

Our History

In 1998, inspired by the “charity thrift shops” in England, a West Island resident along with a group of volunteers opened a Thrift Shop called “Le Coin des Trouvailles” on the main street of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.  In 2004, the Ste-Anne Volunteer Health Support Foundation was created and it has since received and sold donations of merchandise.

This gathering of more than 450 volunteers, including their Board members, has raised nearly $6,500,000 for NOVA West Island over the past 22 years. In turn, we were able to transform these funds into professional healthcare for the vulnerable people in our community.

Indeed, we are incredibly grateful to this major donor since our existence and our service offer has depended on their help for several years. Through them, we can respond to the changing needs of our aging population and support those requiring in-home cancer and ALS palliative care and support, not to mention the impact on our other programs.

The Thrift Shops are staffed by volunteers who play an essential role in the daily operation of the 6 stores, including the latest edition at the Plaza Pointe-Claire, opened Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact them by telephone, in person or at novahelpwanted@gmail.com


“I’ve always loved shopping at NOVA, and now as a volunteer I am able to give back to my community, while doing something I enjoy and making amazing friendships along the way”

Patricia Garbutt – Thrift Shops for NOVA volunteer