From left to right: Clarence Bayne, Eva Ludvig (Secretary), Christopher Neal, Mary-Ellen Beaulieu, Geoffrey Chambers (President), Stella Kennedy, Eric Maldoff, Elise Moser and Chad Bean. Missing from photo: Gerald Cutting (Vice-President), Linton Garner, Maureen Kiely, Joe Rabinovitch (Treasurer) and Sharleen Sullivan.
Geoffrey Chambers – President
Geoffrey Chambers is interested in and generally knowledgeable about the cultural, geographical, historical, political and institutional character of Quebec’s English-speaking community. Through his participation in the Council of Quebec Minorities in the eighties and his founding role in Alliance Quebec, Geoffrey worked hard to support and promote the community’s interests through difficult, transitional times. He continued to work and advocate for the community’s interests in the nineties through his involvement in the Montreal Children’s Hospital and as Vice-President, Anglophone, of the Liberal Party of Quebec. More recently he has worked on projects which touched on the educational institutions his children were attending and health and social service policy.
Gerald Cutting – Vice-President
Active in multiple community groups, Gerald Cutting is President of Townshippers’ Association and represents the English-speaking community on the board of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services Sociaux de l’Estrie (CIUSSS de l’Estrie). He serves on the Champlain College Foundation board, Dixville Home Corporation, as well as ProCure Quebec, a group that helps survivors of prostate cancer. Until he retired as Director General in 2008, he worked for Champlain Regional College. He sits on QCGN’s Education Committee and now serves as Chair of our Priority Setting Steering Committee. Gerry is a proud recipient of QCGN’s Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award (2016).
Eva Ludvig – Secretary
Prior to her retirement in 2014, Eva Ludvig worked for two decades as the Quebec Representative for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. There she developed a deep understanding of the needs and issues of Quebec’s English-speaking community and worked very closely with its leadership on such issues as community and institutional vitality, support for English-language education and schools, as well as increased recognition and support for the community by both federal and provincial governments. Eva is an active volunteer in the private education system and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in supporting Quebec’s Minority language community.
Joe Rabinovitch – Treasurer
Joe Rabinovitch brings a wealth of experience to the QCGN both as a professional and a volunteer. Born and educated in Montreal, Joe’s career spans education, community services and management of large not-for-profit organizations. In his volunteer work, Joe has served on the boards of Alliance Quebec, Summit School, Montreal’s Oral School for the Deaf, the Canadian Jewish Congress and other organizations. His knowledge of not-for-profit organizations will serve QCGN well as it develops its vision for the future. Joe is also the interim President of the Fondation Notre Home Foundation, a new charitable foundation that aims to support the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking community.
Clarence S. Bayne
Dr. Clarence Bayne has served on a wide range of organizations in the Black and English-speaking communities of Quebec. As a professor at the John Molson School of Business, he conducted research on and participated in studies on the social, political, economic and institutional life and development of these communities and the City of Montreal. President of the Black Community Resource Centre, he also sits on the boards of the Black Studies Center, the Quebec Board of Black Educators and Black Theatre Workshop. Clarence was a member of the Intercultural Commissions of Montreal and the Côte-des-Neiges-NDG Borough; worked with community leaders to create the Monkland Community Center; and sat on the founding Board of the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex.
A recent graduate in Law (Honours) from Carleton University and a federal public servant, Chad Bean is excited to speak for young and upcoming leaders as part of an organization that enables an environment of support and development for English-speaking Quebec. A native of North Hatley in the Eastern Townships, Chad got to know the QCGN while taking part in the 2017 Bishop’s Forum civic leadership institute at Bishop’s University. Prior to that, he garnered invaluable experience from leadership roles within his community. A former school president, school prefect and cadet sergeant at Bishop’s College School, Chad was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Gold Level), presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne in 2015.
A member of QCGN’s Health and Social Services Committee, Stella Kennedy-Briand spent most of her career as a youth protection social worker at the Centre Jeunesse Gaspésie-Les-Îles. After 25 years as a case worker, she held the regional position of Auditor at the Centre Jeunesse Gaspésie-les-Îles. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Committee for Anglophone Social Action, also known as CASA, where she has been leading the organization’s Health & Social Services committee for the past 25 years. Stella also served on the Provincial Advisory Committee for Health and Social Services and was President of the Regional Committee for Access to Health & Social Services in Gaspé.
Mary Ellen Beaulieu
Mary Ellen Beaulieu has always been involved in her community on the North Shore and understands the needs of English-speaking Quebecers in rural regions. A longtime resident of Baie Comeau, sits on the board of the North Shore Community Association and recently completed a second mandate on the board of the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN). In addition, Mary Ellen is a commissioner on the Eastern Shores School Board, which covers one of the largest geographical territories in Quebec with the one of the smallest number of students and sits on the organizing committee of Cinoche, the local international film festival.
Linton Garner is an expert in community development, intercultural relations, and development of community organizations. His 40 years experience in the community sector has given him exposure to both administrative and hands-on roles in community organizations, public institutions, and government. His board level involvement with multiple community organizations and public entities has given him a sound knowledge of governance best practices and organizational development. Linton is currently Executive Director of the Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ) and President of the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA).
A retired Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, Maureen Kiely is a lifelong resident of the West-End of Montreal (NDG and Westmount). Actively involved in her local community for 30 years, she is Past President of the Westmount Municipal Association, a member of Concertation Inter-Quartier des organismes avoisinants la cour Glen (CIQ) and was a Co-Investigator and Steering Committee Member of the “Making Megaprojects Work for Communities” project for the Community University Research Alliance (CURA). Maureen is a member of the MUHC-RVH Patients’ Committee, the Westmount Healthy City Project (Community Life Section), the Saint Patrick’s Society of Montreal and was active in the Bon voisinage Committee for the MUHC Glen Site.
Elise Moser is a writer and editor and engaged volunteer on the boards of the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, and PEN Canada. Elise has managed projects funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage and has devoted many hours to supporting English-language writing, publishing, and other cultural activities. As a project coordinator for the Atwater Library and Computer Centre Elise conceived the Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair, which brought Quebec English-language writers and publishers to the public. An immigrant who has lived in Montreal since 1980, she is a feminist with a strong interest in social justice.
A longtime community activist, lawyer Eric Maldoff was the founding president of Alliance Quebec and is the chair of QCGN’s Health and Social Services Committee. A skilled negotiator, he is frequently engaged for his strategic skills in areas such as aboriginal law, federal/provincial agreements and government negotiations. Eric served as Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre. A member of the Order of Canada, he has also served as a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of McGill University and is a Governor Emeritus of McGill. He currently presides the Old Brewery Mission.
Christopher Neal is a communications consultant who worked for 18 years as an external affairs manager at the World Bank. A Montrealer who grew up on the West Island, Chris has also served as Director-General of Communications at the Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Global Affairs Canada), as a communicator with CUSO and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, as a journalist with The Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen, and as a freelance correspondent in Latin America.
Born and raised in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Northern Quebec, Sharleen Sullivan has over 25 years’ experience working for/with the English-speaking community. She has managerial, organizational and active experience with various types of community organizations. Sharleen is well connected in her own community as well as provincially; she has visited each region of la belle province and understands the needs and challenges of our diverse communities as well as the strengths and success of English Quebecers. As Executive Director of Neighbours Regional Association of Rouyn-Noranda and as board member of various health, education, and social development committees, Sharleen is truly a community innovator.