The seventh edition of the Goldbloom Awards Ceremony took place on October 8, 2015 at Montreal’s Saint-James Club. The QCGN would like to congratulate this year’s winners,Gary Briand and Lynden Bechervaise; Fatiha Gatre Guemiri, and Royal Orr.
When the call comes for volunteers to step forward to protect and enhance a community, leaders tend to emerge — and that is exactly what happened with Gary Briand and Lynden Bechervaise as young adults in the Gaspé. For more than 40 years both were heavily involved in teaching, promoting self-improvement on many levels, and initiating effective community organizations that continue to this day… Read more
Fatiha Gatre Guemiri
In Saïda, Algeria, where Fatiha Gatre Guemiri grew up, it was not that unusual to have nine brothers and sisters.
Gatre Guemiri was the fourth in line and her progressive parents were determined that their children receive the best education. “Especially my mother, Kheira, who didn’t go to school, wanted us to have what she didn’t have,” Gatre Guemiri recalls as we chat about her winning the Sheila & Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award for her contribution to English-speaking communities…
The election of Parti Québécois governments were convulsive events for English-speaking Quebecers, but it allowed a new generation of community leaders to emerge. Royal Orr, now 59, was one of the youngest among this cohort who provided leadership during this critical period, much of it as a busy volunteer.
The former president of Alliance Quebec, high-profile CBC and CJAD broadcaster, community activist and communications specialist is among the recipients of this year’s Sheila & Victor Goldbloom distinguished community service Award…