MONTREAL, June 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups
Network elected a new president and endorsed an ambitious community
development plan this weekend as it met for its 19th annual meeting in Montreal this Saturday.
New President Dan Lamoureux said he believes that English-speaking
Quebecers want to be an integral part of Quebec society. "As one of our
members pointed out during the Annual General Meeting, We do not only
want to survive here. We want to thrive."
Lamoureux said it was evident that Notre Home is Quebec and that
English-speaking Quebecers who are here are committed to staying here
and integrating the large community. Notre Home is the title of a
community anthem that was written for the QCGN by Montreal singer David
Hodges. For a preview of the music video of the song, click here.
Earlier in the day, chairman of the Priority Setting Steering Committee
and past president of the QCGN Noel Burke launched the Community
Development Plan that followed a widespread consultative process with
the community that included some 16 regional and sectoral
consultations, five focus groups, and an online survey of more than 550
"The Community Development Plan is a blueprint for the QCGN, its members
and stakeholders, as well as the community at large, to move forward
together," commented Burke, noting that the process allows for the
community to speak with a united voice to ensure the vitality and
sustainability of the English-speaking community of Quebec.
After a year as Interim President, Burke will be returning to his sector
seat while maintaining his post as Chairman of our Priority Setting
Steering Committee. Also returning to the QCGN Board of Directors are
Vice-President Brian A. Garneau, youth representative Nicola Johnston;
Irene Tshernomor, C.E.O. of the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex; Colleen
Bronson, communications director for Sacred Heart School of Montreal;
Bradley Dottin, President of the Black Community Resource Centre;
Cheryl Gosselin from Townshippers' Association in the Eastern
Townships; Clara-Ann Labadie from Coasters' Association on the Lower
North Shore; and Jan Anderson-Toupin from Voice of English-speaking
Quebec (VEQ) in Quebec City.
Joining the board this year will be Walter Duszara, an education
consultant; Jim Shea, a past National Executive Director at Canadian
Parents for French; and Marc Deslauriers, a businessman from Quebec's
North Shore, who is also Chairman of the North Shore Community
Association. The Network will be saying goodbye longtime board member
and former Vice-President, Marion Standish, as well as Treasurer Mark
Over the weekend, the QCGN also debated and passed a new membership
recruitment and retention policy that aims to increase the membership
as well as the legitimacy and credibility of the organization with
government partners and the community. The QCGN also welcomed aboard
three new members: South Shore Community Partners, the Thomas More
Institute and CCS Catholic Community Services. That brings total
membership in the QCGN to 41 members from across the regions and
sectors of Quebec's English-speaking community.
The QCGN also took advantage of its annual meeting to launch the call
for nominations for the 2012 edition of the QCGN Sheila and Victor
Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. The annual award is
given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the
vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec and to building
bridges on understanding between Quebecers and Canadians. The deadline
for nominations is Friday, August 24. More details on the award on how
to nominate candidates can be found here.
The Quebec Community Groups Network is a not-for-profit organization
that identifies, explores and addresses strategic issues affecting the
development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and encourages
dialogue and collaboration among member organizations, individuals,
community groups, institutions and leaders.
SOURCE QUEBEC COMMUNITY GROUPS NETWORK (QCGN)
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