Poisoned at Drano, she’s asking for more help


Woman seeks more money from the Victims’ Compensation Program (CVIA), claiming to be disabled

Jocelyne Bergeron testified before the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec last Monday to have his disability recognized by two judges.

A woman who says she was poisoned at the Drano by a co-worker is fighting to have her total disability recognized by the IVAC. She is unable, she says, to return to work due to panic attacks and alcohol problems.

In June 2009, the beneficiary and housekeeper in a Victoriaville CHSLD, Jocelyne Bergeron, was returning from having dinner with colleagues when she took a sip of her Pepsi drink left at her workplace during her absence. Immediately, she felt “burned” from the inside. “I started seeing big black spots. I was going blind, “Bergeron told two judges of the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec. “I was bent in half, I thought I was going to die.”

A colleague would have put Drano in his bottle of soft drink. The police have never been able to prove who committed the crime, but the IVAC has always acknowledged that Ms. Bergeron had been the victim of a crime. Perforated esophagus and burnt stomach: the woman had to be rushed to the hospital.


As a result of the incident, Ms. Bergeron explained that she had fallen into paranoia, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug use and fear.

“I do not trust anybody anymore,” the lady said during a testimony that lasted more than three hours. “I’m no longer the Jocelyne I was. “

She was unable to work again at the CHSLD, being afraid of everyone, mainly the person she believes is responsible for the action.

After a severe depression followed by a suicide attempt, the lady was forced to leave this job she had cherished for 12 years.

Jocelyne Bergeron explained that before the incident, she was a joyous person, a convener and a hardworking woman who trusted “naively” in everyone. “The trust has turned into mistrust,” said the lady.

Despite a second suicide attempt and his inability to find a new job, the IVAC decided in 2015 to reduce its aid drastically.

The Attorney General of Quebec acknowledges that Ms. Bergeron is a victim of crime, but submits that she is now functional and able to work (see other text).

Hard back

Ms. Bergeron says he has done everything to get by, in vain. She has consulted with health professionals, enrolled in programs to re-enter the workforce. “I hit a wall,” she says. Each time, anxiety attacks, nightmares and paranoia caught up with her.

Ashamed, she admits to being an alcoholic for three years and take 16 consumptions daily to numb.

Represented by the lawyer’s office Marc Bellemare, the victim claims retroactive compensation and assistance at the level of 90% of his salary at the time. The lawyer Bruno Bellemare argued that the psychological state of his client caused by the poisoning invalidated him at work. “The IVAC went too fast. She might have had to wait until Mrs. Bergeron really returned to the job market before she withdrew the help, “he says.


►  June 23, 2009

Poisoned the day before, Jocelyne Bergeron is put in work stoppage on June 24th.

►  February 22, 2010

She goes back to work because she does not want to stay on the IVAC. For eight months she worked with her alleged abuser.

►  November 2010

Too anxious, she is transferred to another establishment.

►  December 2010

1st suicide attempt. She falls into severe depression and disability insurance before being forced to leave.

►  March 1, 2013

The IVAC declares it unfit for a period of one year. She will be compensated.

►  2013-2014

The IVAC asks him to find a job through a program and to attend psychotherapy sessions. But, too anxious, she can not find work.

►  June 2015

She is hired by a friend in a canteen for two months. She is fired because she is not functional due to panic attacks. Ask the IVAC to extend the psychological help.

►  July 2015

The IVAC cuts its annuity at 5.5% of its salary without doing any analysis.

►  October 2015

Second suicide attempt.

►  2017-2018

Request to find the complete help of the IVAC.


Travels in Cuba, activities in a bar, parties, tasks with the public: the Facebook history of the last 10 years proves that the victim is able to function in society, pleaded the lawyer of the Attorney General of Quebec.

Gabrielle Ferland Gagnon tried to convince administrative judges in Quebec that Jocelyne Bergeron is fit for work. Me Ferland exposed several facts drawn on the Facebook page of the lady.

For example, since 2017, Ms. Bergeron admitted to having visited Cuba seven times in all-inclusive packages. A trip she made several times a year since she was poisoned at Drano.

In order to defend herself, Mrs. Bergeron stressed that she likes to go to Cuba to take a hit and relax on the beach.

Mr. Ferland Gagnon also exposed that the victim seemed to “work in a bar” in his village, according to some statements on his Facebook wall. This web page is also used to promote ticket sales and jerseys for events and the organization of a festival.

In presenting this evidence, the representative of the Attorney General wanted to prove that Ms. Bergeron was able to function almost normally. Moreover, the prosecutor explained that the lady is currently working in a part-time A & W.

Once again, Ms. Bergeron defended herself, saying that she did not work in this bar, but that she gave a helping hand to her “boyfriend”. Then she says that her volunteer activities are usually on Sundays and involve a lot of alcohol. For her work at A & W, she says she is anxious and sometimes has to drink alcohol to find the courage to complete her shift.

The Administrative Tribunal of Quebec has 90 days to make its decision and modify the amount that Jocelyne Bergeron could receive until the end of his days.

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