History of the Foundation
In 1981, Philippe Druelle, D.O., and Dr. Jean-Guy Sicotte, M.D., founded the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, the first school of Osteopathy in Quebec.
The following year, Mr. Philippe Druelle, Dr. Jean-Guy Sicotte, Mrs. Denyse Dufresne and Mrs. Denise Laberge inaugurated the Fondation Canadienne pour l’Enseignement et la Recherche en Ostéopathie (FCERO) whose main mission is to receive young handicapped children in consultation and to give training to students in osteopathic clinical methodology appropriate to children.
From 1986 to 1990, the FCERO organized, with the help of Yannick Stephant, a prima ballerina of the Paris Opera, prestigious dance shows presented at the Place des Arts in Montreal, the « Dons des Étoiles » gala, with the participation of star dancers such as Patrick Dupont, Sylvie Gillem and Monique Loudières. In addition, Angèle Dubeau and La Piéta offered the FCERO their first duo concert. The purpose of these benefit evenings was to financially support the Journées de l’Enfant, during which osteopathic consultations were offered to physically challenged children at a modest price.
Between 2018 and 2021, the FCERO set up a campaign to defend osteopathy. The funds raised were allocated to the defense of three students and two professors of the outpatient clinic of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, who were sued by the Collège des médecins du Québec. We would like to thank all the generous donors who felt concerned and who provided financial support. The fundraising campaign is over.
The FCERO is a non-profit organization (NPO) whose primary objective is the quality of osteopathic care for babies and children whose development is compromised by various factors (difficult or too rapid birth, physical or emotional trauma, neurological or genetic problems). To this end, the Foundation ensures quality instruction in the teaching of the osteopathic approach for young ones. Specific interventions for various conditions are addressed using osteopathic research, mainly in pediatrics, in order to provide a scientific basis for its methodology.