Press Coverage: CBC Quebec and Quebec Community Groups Network launch video contest for English high school students

CBC has teamed up with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and community groups in Quebec to sponsor a video contest that encourages English-speaking high school students to discover the history and heritage of their families and communities.

”As the country’s public broadcaster, CBC is committed to connecting people and telling their stories, ” said Pia Marquard, Managing Director of CBC Quebec. ”Our history and traditions are incredibly rich here. I’m looking forward to seeing the videos these students produce.”

Read more…

 

SHOW US YOUR ROOTS: CBC Quebec and Quebec Community Groups Network Launch Video Contest for English-Speaking High School Students


MONTREAL, November 17, 2011 – CBC has teamed up with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and community groups in Quebec to sponsor a video contest that encourages English-speaking high school students to discover the history and heritage of their families and communities.
“As the country’s public broadcaster, CBC is committed to connecting people and telling their stories,” said Pia Marquard, Managing Director CBC Quebec. “Our history and traditions are incredibly rich here. I’m looking forward to seeing the videos these students produce.”
Co-sponsored by the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) the My Quebec Roots video contest is designed to highlight the vibrant stories of English-speaking Quebec. Videos can tell the stories of their communities through pictures, sound and spoken word, exploring their past through the traditions of oral history and recording the stories of their community and family elders.

 

Read more…

Service and community

The Gazette

Anglophone community leaders from across Quebec gathered in Montreal on Oct. 22 to honour the 2011 winners of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards. The awards, given by the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella organization for anglophone community groups across the province, are named for a couple well-known for their own community service: Victor Goldbloom has served as an MNA, head of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, and federal official-languages commissioner, while Sheila Goldbloom is a professor of social work, founding board member of the Foundation of Greater Montreal, and in 2008 was co-chair of a provincial commission on the living conditions of Quebec seniors. Both have a long history of charitable and volunteer work. The three winners of the 2011 Goldbloom awards recently spoke to The Gazette’s communities editor, David Johnston, about their own work.

Read more…

The changing face of Laval

Marian Scott, The Gazette

Laval’s English-speaking population grew by 35% from 1996 to 2006 – a notable exception to Quebec as a whole during that period, when the anglophone population dropped by half a percentage point from 1996 to 2001, and rose by a quarter of a percent from 2001-06. Services for Laval’s multicultural English-speaking population have not kept pace with its increasing numbers, says Luigi Morabito, coordinator of the Laval Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI-Laval). Organizers are inviting English-speaking Laval residents to two public meetings to discuss concerns like access to health and social services, housing, education, employment and community life. The goal is to create a portrait of the changing face of the anglophone community and devise ways to address its needs. Two forums will be held: Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.

 

Read more…

QCGN: Evaluation of the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality

On October 27, QCGN representatives appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages to present its appreciation of the current Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality, which will need to be renewed in 2013.

To read the evidence of QCGN appearance, click here.

 

Tyrone Benskin recognizes recipients of the 2011 Goldbloom Awards during House of Commons session

October 27, 2011 – Mr. Tyrone Benskin (Jeanne-Le Ber, NDP):  

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the recipients of the Quebec Community Groups Network’s 2011 Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

    This year, three exemplary women, Ms. Joan Ivory, Ms. Gemma Raeburn-Baynes and Ms. Aline Visser, were recognized for their lifetime of selfless service in volunteerism to the cities and regions of Quebec. These distinguished women are a shining example of how anglophone Quebecers have dedicated themselves to the vitality of their communities and the richness of Quebec society.

    The award namesakes, Sheila and Victor Goldbloom, have themselves demonstrated their passion for giving for much of their 63 years together. They, and many other anglophone Quebecers who work alongside their dedicated French counterparts, make Quebec the most special and unique part of Canada.

    I congratulate these individuals and the QCGN for their tireless work throughout Quebec and their success at building bridges among their neighbours. Their work recognizes the fact that as Québécois and Québécoise we are all one and that, through their efforts and such dedicated individuals and organizations, we can celebrate the beauty, passion and strength that is Quebec.

 Click here to access the full report

Affiche trilingue – De l’espagnol à l’hôpital

Par Michaël Nguyen, Journal de Montréal


Après toutes les discussions sur la place du français et de l’anglais dans l’affichage, des patients de l’Hôtel-Dieu ont été étonnés de constater qu’une affiche les prévient maintenant du temps d’attente aléatoire au centre de prélèvement dans les trois langues, l’espagnol s’étant ajouté aux deux langues officielles.

« Il est clair que nous ne rendons pas service aux Québécois issus de l’immigration en ne leur demandant pas d’adopter la langue commune », a réagi par courriel le député péquiste Yves-François Blanchet, porte-parole de l’opposition officielle en matière d’immigration, communautés culturelles et langues.

 

Read more…

Quebec honour for Raeburn-Baynes

Share – Ethnic Newspaper

A tireless volunteer and active fundraiser in Quebec’s Black community has been honoured with a special award.
Grenadian-born Gemma Raeburn-Baynes was presented with the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award last Saturday night.
Established two years ago by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the award celebrates individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec.

The Sherbrooke Record: Aline Visser recognized

The Sherbrooke Record

Well known community activist Aline Visser was one of three recent recipients of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Visser, a Thetford Mines native, is a lifelong volunteer with an extensive list of involvements in the fields of education, health and community development in her local community. Active in women’s, youth and mental health issues, the indefatigable Visser is a founding member of the Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC), has sat on the boards of both Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) and Townshippers’ Association, and has served as vice-president and as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC).  She also sits on the baord of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Chaudière-Appalaches, is president of the Thetford health and social service center (CSSS), and sits on the provincial committee that advises the government on access to health and social services in English.

Read more… 

Gemma receives the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Award for distinguished community service

Montreal, October 25, 2011 — On Saturday, October 22, at the St. James Club in downtown Montreal, Gemma Raeburn-Baynes was among a trio of remarkable women who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in contributing to the improvement of their communities, and of the English-Speaking community of Quebec.
Recognized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Raeburn-Baynes received the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award in the presence of her family, many friends and supporters.