Hosted by Elysia Bryan-Baynes of Global Television, the ceremony for the 2016 Community Awards was held at the Saint James Club on October 27. During the ceremony, homages were paid to the late Dr. Victor Goldbloom and late MP Mauril Bélanger for their outstanding work in supporting linguistic duality and Quebec’s official language minority. The community also extended thanks to retiring Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser for a decade of service to official language minority communities. The QCGN would like to thank all the partners who helped make this celebration a success.
Gerald Cutting’s commitment to serving the English-speaking community of Quebec’s Eastern Townships springs from his deep roots in the land, but doesn’t end there. Almost immediately after beginning his professional life, Cutting began volunteering and assuming leadership roles to educate the young, assist the needy, and ensure accessible health and social services continue, even as numbers decline.
When Miriam Green was growing up in the early 1940s in the newly burgeoning Snowdon district of Montreal, she remembers well the experiences – not all positive – that nurtured her drive to serve those in need. Born in Montreal, her parents were newcomers to the city: Polish-born Nathan Green, who operated a modest leather-glove factory with partners, and Anne Shapiro, born in Latvia.
When pianist Oliver Jones returned to Montreal in 1980 after16 years accompanying pop singer Kenny Hamilton in Puerto Rico, he took a gamble on playing the music of his childhood in Montreal’s working class neighbourhood of Little Burgundy. Read more