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Provincial Network for English-speaking seniors

”It was a very informative day” says Cheryl Henry-Leggo

The Gaspé Spec, Thierry Haroun

PERCÉ – 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. SPEC spoke with Cheryl Henry-Leggo, Seniors Coordinator at Vision Gaspé-Percé Now. She was the only Gaspé representative at the Forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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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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ELAN’s Recognizing Artists project successfully launched

Last March, the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) completed the first phase of the Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles! project by producing 150 print profiles of artists. This year, ELAN completes RAEV by adding video clips, interactive maps and never-before-told stories about how Quebec’s English-speaking cultural scene has exploded with creative talent over the past 25 years. The timing is propitious, hot on the heels of Arcade Fire’s Grammy victory, which stirred Quebec’s Assemblée Nationale to applaud ‘the contribution of our francophone and anglophone artists in spreading Quebec culture on the international stage.’ There has never been so much curiosity about what anglophone artists are doing. The vernissage also included the launch of the redesigned RAEV.ca site. ELAN also invites the public to visit the site to discover RAEV’s interactive tools for English-speaking Artists.

See more pictures at www.qcgn.ca/photos

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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A Community Dialogue about Immigration and Retention of Newcomers to the English-speaking Communities of Quebec

The English-speaking community of Quebec faces many challenges, but one of the most significant is renewal. This report notes that immigrants have always played an important role in the vitality of English-speaking Quebec and that our community values the diversity arising from immigration.

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Equal rights for anglos

The National Post, March 14, 2011

On March 9, the Senate Committee on Official Languages criticized the federal failure to protect English language rights in Quebec. According to a new report: “Despite all the goodwill there may be on the ground, there are major disparities when it comes to access to schools, cultural products, heritage, training or jobs in English.”

The committee heard many stories last fall of discrimination in services. Examples included the failure to build an auditorium at Quebec City’s only English CEGEP, a situation the director testified “would not be tolerated at a single francophone college in Quebec City.” A leader of a Gaspé anglophone group decried the lack of English mental-health services. The committee’s chair, Senator Maria Chaput, described similar problems as a franco Manitoban. Ironically, to hear many Quebec francophones tell it, it is French that needs bolstering -and protection from English. Fead more…

Time to abandon myths about anglos in Quebec

The Gazette, Editorial page

It remains to be seen whether the report on Quebec’s English-speaking minority released last week by the Senate’s official languages committee will make much of a difference, but it is a noble and welcome effort in aid of a community that is more typically either disdained or taken for granted.

Nearly two years in the making and backed by fact-finding visits to the main anglo population centres in the province, the report calls on the federal government to do a better job protecting the rights of the anglophone population. There was a time when such a call could reasonably have been dismissed as superfluous – and some still believe that to be the case. But the anglo population isn’t what it was in its heyday, which has been over for some decades now. Read more…

English-speaking communities in Quebec face challenges, Senate committee finds

IPolitics, Devon Black

In a new report released Wednesday, the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages reported that English-speaking communities in Quebec face unique challenges in preserving their language within the majority Francophone province.

The report, entitled “The Vitality of Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities – From Myth to Reality”, used information from public hearings and informal testimony reported to the committee during the fall of 2010 in Ottawa and regions of Quebec. Its findings depict a nuanced view of a minority language community in a context that sometimes has little concern for English language preservation.

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March 18: Launch of a Provincial Network for English-Speaking Seniors

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 the Soutien aux initiatives visant le respect des aînés (SIRA) program for making this project possible.

The event was created to give the opportunity to seniors and caregivers to network.  

To have more information and read the program, click on the link below.
To register, click here

Date: March 18, 2011
Time: from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Contactivity Centre
4695, De Maisonneuve Blvd. West,
Westmount, QC   H3Z 1L9
Cost: FREE


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome

  • The role of the QCGN (presented by Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General)
  • History of the Project Blazing a Trail for Active and Healthy Aging” (Valerie Glover-Drolet, Project coordinator)
  • Results of the Survey

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. – The importance of the Network
Speech from Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom (Conseil des Aînés)

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.The Structure and Function of the FAAFC 
Presentation by Mr. Roger Doiron, President

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Questions and answers

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Health Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. – Workshop 1: Defining Success – Desired Results 

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Presentation of Outcome of Workshop #1

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Workshop 2: Structuring the Network

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Health Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Workshop 3 – Next Steps

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. – Plenary – Building the Action Plan

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Wrap-up & Evaluation 

4:30 p.m. – Informal Networking

To register: contact Valerie Glover-Drolet at 514 868-9044, ext. 258 or at valerie.glover-drolet@qcgn.ca 

QCGN Director General enthusiastic about bilingual exchange program

Interviewed last night on CTV News, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, says that the new bilingual exchange program initiated by the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf will generate better language skills for the students who will participate in the program. 

”This is not about language politics. This is about providing Quebec’s young people with the skills they need to fully realise their economic potential here at home, and to give them the necessary tools to compete in the global marketplace. The more languages in which a person is literate, the better equipped they are to assist Quebec secure its financial future,” Sylvia Martin-Laforge said.

Watch the video here.