Our tribute to an official languages champion, Mauril Bélanger

A contingent from our sister community in French-speaking Ontario was present during the Community Awards ceremony to mark the passing of Official Languages champion Mauril Bélanger.

Mauril left us much stronger. Confronted by an unrelenting affliction, he responded with unwavering dignity and quiet courage. Mauril lived and then left this life with character, fortitude, determination and inner strength. His example, his inspiration, his grace, his courage shall ‘all of us command’.

For the occasion, his wife Catherine Bélanger said a few words expressing her gratitude for the tribute to her late husband.

Read QCGN’s tribute: Mauril Bélanger 1955-2016.

You can also view the news report by Jacques Bourbeau from Global Ottawa that was presented during the ceremony.

Honouring our bridge-builder per excellence, Dr. Victor Goldbloom

During our Community Awards ceremony on October 27, a special tribute was extended to Dr. Victor Goldbloom in light of his recent passing last spring.

It marked a sad milestone as we commemorated one half of a dynamic duo for which our distinguished community service award is named. Adding a bittersweet tone to our annual event, his tribute only acknowledged Dr. Goldbloom as a trailblazer — a community bridge-builder, pillar of wisdom, faith, certitude, calm and, above all, enormous accomplishment.

To honour his memory, Sheila Goldbloom adressed a few words and thanked the QCGN for its important role to the community.

You can read the tribute written for his legacy: Dr. Victor C. Goldbloom 1923-2016

You can also watch the video made by Paola Samuel from Global Montreal that was presented during the ceremony.

2016 Goldbloom Awards

2013 Goldbloom Awards

2012 Goldbloom Awards

2011 Goldbloom Awards

2010 Goldbloom Awards

2009 Goldbloom Awards

Government of Canada helps seniors and families through new community projects across country

“Improving the lives of people in our society is why we were elected. I know that our work with the Quebec Community Groups Network will improve the lives of Canadians by developing stronger partnerships among communities.”

Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs Marc Miller, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced a new partnership with stakeholders through the Social Partnership Initiative in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC).

Marking the beginning of now called Community Innovation Fund, this new partnership was made as part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013–2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, and funded through the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP). The Fund is managed by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) which will receive $1.4 million to pool expertise and resources to fund innovative projects in OLMCs that address community priorities.

Read the full press release on the Government of Canada website