QCGN seeks nominations for the fourth edition of its Distinguished Community Service Award

MONTREAL, June 15, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups Network took advantage of its annual general meeting being held in Montreal this week to launch the call for nominations for the 2012 edition of the QCGN Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards.

Speaking to participants during the annual meeting of the Quebec Community Groups Network in Montreal on Friday, Dr. and Mrs. Goldbloom talked about the importance of becoming engaged in your community.

"We are deeply touched by this award because it celebrates leadership and contributions to this community," commented Dr. Goldbloom. "The award is not only an honour to us, but also significant for the vitality of English-speaking Quebec because it honours past and present contributions to this community and encourages ongoing and future leadership."

The Goldbloom Award was instituted during the 15th anniversary of the QCGN in 2009 to honour individuals who, like Dr. and Mrs. Goldbloom, have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of our community and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds.

"Candidates for QCGN's distinguished community service award should have demonstrated leadership and commitment as a volunteer or as a professional in their chosen field of endeavour," said CBC journalist Nancy Wood who was on hand for the launch.

Wood's colleagues Debra Arbec and Andrew Chang, the co-anchors of CBC Montreal's evening news, will host the gala for the 2012 Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards that will be held on October 18th at the St. James Club here in Montreal.

Wood noted that contributions can be in any and all regions of Quebec and in any field from business to academia; from youth to seniors; from health and social services to arts and culture; and any other area such as heritage, the environment and sports.

The awards will be judged by a panel of outstanding Quebecers that will include past winners and past judges. The jury will consider a number of factors including the impact of the nominee's contributions as well as the breadth and impact of their work.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 24. More details on the award on how to nominate someone can be found on the QCGN website at http://www.qcgn.ca/2012-goldbloom-awards.

The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 38 English-language community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders.

SOURCE Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA)

For further information:

Rita Legault, Director of Communications, rita.legault@qcgn.ca
Telephone:  514-868-9044, ext. 223, cellular:  514-912-6555


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