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Forum Participants Take First Steps to Creating Provincial Network of English-speaking Seniors

The Gaspé Spec

MONTREAL – More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Montreal recently to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors. The forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network, was the result of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 volunteers from across the province.

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Creating Provincial network of English-speaking seniors

The Equity

MONTREAL – More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Monteral last week to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors.

The forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network, was the result of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 volunteers from across the province. Participants determined that English-speaking seniors need their own Netowrk, not a bilingual one where their specific needs would not be addressed, said QCGN Seniors Project co-ordinator valerie Glover-Drolet.

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QCGN Presents Plan for Quebec English Seniors’ Network

By Jim Colmer, Community Connections

On March 18, 2011, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) launched a process that is intended to result in the formation of a provincial organization to represent English-speaking seniors across Quebec and will be a spokesperson for this group of citizens in various areas of mutual concern. The forum, hosted by the QCGN, was the result of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 volunteers from across the province.

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Quebec English speaking seniors find voice in network

The Sherbrooke Record

Over one hundred seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across the province gathered in Montreal earlier this month to participate in a forum that laid the groundwork for a Network that would act as a voice for Quebec’s English-speaking seniors.

Similar to the Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada which serves French-speaking seniors outside Quebec, the Seniors Network will address the issues, challenges and advocate for English-speaking seniors in health and social services and beyond.

Hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the forum is the results of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 vounteers, such as Townshipper Heather Keith, who identified the various challenges facing the aging populatin including accessibility to programs and services.

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Deux-Montagnes woman helps launch english seniors’ network

QCGN project is being coordinated by Valerie Glover-Drolet

The North Shore News, Martin C. Barry

Valerie Glover-Drolet of Deux-Montagnes played a prominent role helping to organize a recent forum held in Montreal by the Quebec Community Groups Network, where initial steps were taken to create a province-wide organization for English-speaking seniors.

Seniors Watchdog

The QCGN wants to facilitate the creation of the provincial seniors’ network that would act as a watchdog for the needs of English-speaking seniors. According to the plan, the QCGn would also advocate for program funding that wuld support the ongoing operations of the fledgling network. 

Glover-Drolet, who is coordinating the seniors’ network project at the QCGN, said the march 18 forum provided Enlish-speaking seniors with an opportunity to hear from a French-speaking seniors’ leader about how things are organized for francophone senior citizens in the rest of Canada. 

She said the forum was also useful to raise awareness of issues and concerns of general importance to seniors, and to lay the groundwork of the provincial network for uqebec’s Enlglish-speaking senior citizens. During a presentation Glover-Drolet gave on the history of the seniors’ network project, she recounted how the idea was conceived.

Forum Participants Take First Steps to Creating Provincial Network of English-speaking Seniors

More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Montreal last week to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors. The forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network, was the result of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 volunteers from across the province.

Participants determined that English-speaking seniors need their own Network, not a bilingual one where their specific needs would not be addresssed, said QCGN Seniors’ Project co-ordinator Valerie Glover-Droler. “They want to establish a province-wide network of English-speaking seniors, by English-speaking seniors, for English-speaking seniors,” she said, adding that more than two dozens seniors from the Gaspé to the Outaouais stepped forward to participate in the procees.

View pictures of the event at www.qcgn.ca/photos

Videos of parts of the Forum will be available online soon.

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Les aînés anglophones se regroupent

Journal 24 Heures, Étienne Laberge

Les aînés anglophones auront bientôt leur Réseau provincial pour les aînés d’expression anglaise (RPAEA), dont le principal mandat sera de travailler à « un meilleur accès à diverses ressources ».
L’annonce de ce premier pas vers la création de ce groupe a été faite lors d’une conférence de presse dans la ville de Westmount, vendredi.

Parce qu’une multitude de services offerts, en santé notamment, ou dans d’autres sphères publiques ne sont offerts qu’en français, le RPAEA « jouera un rôle de chien de garde pour veiller aux besoins des aînés de langue anglaise », peut-on lire dan un communiqué. Il sera en outre chargé de trouver des bailleurs de fonds qui assureront sa pérennité.  Read more…

Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and Partners Take First Steps to Creating Provincial Network of English-speaking Seniors

For Immediate Release

Montreal – March 18, 2011 – More than five dozen seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered today to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors. The establishment of such a network was the main recommendation set out in a QCGN report published last spring entitled Blazing a Trail for Active and Healthy Aging — An Action Plan for Quebec’s English-speaking Seniors – and the top recommendation of almost 300 repondents in a survey of active seniors and caregivers in our community.

“Our support for a seniors network also stems from the QCGN’s Strategic Plan which aims to promote inter-community and inter-institutional collaboration and to increase awareness of existing resources available to English-speaking Quebec,” said QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge, noting that it is also in line with the QCGN’s mandate to promote the vitality of English-speaking communities across Quebec. Read more…

Registration closed for the Seniors Network Launch

The event which will be held this Friday has already reached its full capacity, which is a sign of success.

For those who are too late to participate will be able to watch some parts of the event in a few weeks on the QCGN website, as it will be video-taped.

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) invites you to the launch of its Provincial Network for English-Speaking Seniors in Quebec on March 18. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom. Also on hand for the event will be Mr. Roger Doiron, President of La Fédération des aî­nées et aî­nés fran­co­pho­nes du Canada (FAAFC).  

The forum will serve as a venue to discuss the key issues that affect English speaking seniors in Quebec. It will give us the opportunity to clarify the vision, mandate and objectives of such a Network and develop an action plan for the upcoming year. The day will be followed by discussions and intimate group workshops. We would like to thank the Government of Quebec for its financial support through theSoutien aux initiatives visant le respect des aînés (SIRA) program for making this project possible.

Anglo seniors need better resources: study

CTV Montreal

Anglophone seniors in Quebec often feel isolated, much more so than their francophone counterparts, according a study released Tuesday by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

The three-year study of anglophones of retirement age found that they are frequently cut off from the world because of two factors: adult children who have moved out of province, and a weak grasp of the French language.  Full version…

Watch CTV report here.