As 2018 concluded, the anglophone community was shocked by the unexpected passing of West Quebec community leader James Shea, at 76.
A lifelong educator, Mr Shea was, at the time of his death, Chairman of the West Quebec School Board (WQSB).
“We have lost an inspiring educational leader who provided all of us with a compelling and optimistic vision of the future for education in the WQSB. Jim was all about providing the best possible educational and social experience for our students. I’m confident that his legacy will continue to live on in each of us as evidenced in the work we do in our schools, centres and communities,” said Mike Dubeau, WQSB’s director.
Mr Shea was also president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), 2016 to 2018, a province-wide grouping of anglophone community groups.