QCGN’s Community Awards were established by the Quebec Community Groups Network in 2009 to celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. Every fall, the QCGN celebrates our community’s most distinguished leaders by awarding them our two provincial awards: the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Community Service Award and the Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award.
Meet the 2018 Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Award Winners
Olga Melikoff and Murielle Parkes
When Olga Melikoff, Murielle Parkes and the late Valerie Neale set out to create a French immersion program at Margaret Pendlebury Elementary School in St. Lambert in 1963, they had no idea it would ultimately change the face of English-language pu- blic education across Canada and help forge linguistic duality into a defining characteristic of our nation.
“We could see the writing on the wall, that our kids needed to be speaking French,” said Parkes. “We knew darned well we had to do something.”