Everything started in 1999 when his friend Dr Gaétan Bouchard shared his travel stories and projects in Haiti that Adrien decided to get involved.
It is during his 1st trip to Haiti, not knowing what kind of help he could give, that Adrien learned about the death of his friend. He felt that he had to continue Dr Bouchard’s dream to build a medical clinic and so he decided to join the team.
Once back at home, Adrien started to work on the construction plans of the clinic. From one mission to the next, his passion for this project grew and donations started coming in left and right: used boots from Canmec, St. Vincent de Paul clothing, vitamin-enriched cookies from Leclerc, an ATV…… enough to fill up a 40-foot container every year.
As time went by, Adrien learned to speak Creole and was named the person in charge of the worksite. Along with his friend Michel Bilodeau, a vocational studies professor in Jonquière, he supervised a team of 90-110 men with 35 Canadians also taking part in the missions.
But it’s the 7.3 earthquake in 2010 that Adrien remembers most. He was lucky enough to have been in a hotel that resisted the quake but it was not the same story for the other buildings in the neighbourhood.
Three days later they were rescued by the Canadian army and repatriated on a Boeing C-17. That is when he saw the extent of the devastation, 250,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, and realized how lucky he was to have survived but his need to return just got stronger.
Adrien went back in 2013, 2014 and it is in 2015 during his 12th and final trip, supported by a strong technical team, that the clinic of Dr. Gaétan Bouchard was completed, along with the most modern dental clinic in Haiti thanks to equipment donated by Oasis C.F.P., a professional training centre in Chicoutimi.
Today, it is a modern clinic run by Haitian and Canadian professionals who serve a population in need.