Awards Recognize Exceptional Community Leaders

MONTREAL, Sept. 9, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is pleased to announce that Montreal jazz legend Oliver Jones, social worker and community volunteer Miriam Green and Townshippers' Association president Gerald Cutting will be honoured with the eighth annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award in October.  Community activist Dafina Savic will receive the second annual Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award.

A week before he passed away on Aug. 16, the Goldbloom Awards jury also decided to extend a special honour to federal MP Mauril Bélanger for his lifelong commitment to linguistic duality and his groundbreaking work in empowering the Official Languages Act. Under Bélanger's leadership, Canadian parliamentarians voted to amend Part VII of the act to oblige federal institutions to take "positive measures" to translate the government's commitment to promoting linguistic duality and community development into action.

"This year's honorees have all gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality of Quebec's English-speaking community," commented QCGN board member and jury chair Irene Tschernomor, explaining that is the main goal of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award, created by QCGN in 2009. "Our juries are always impressed with the quality of nominees who are all outstanding and effective in their particular areas of community involvement."

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The Quebec Community Groups Network ( is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 48 English-language community organizations across Quebec. As a centre of evidence-based expertise and collective action, it identifies, explores and addresses strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec and encourages dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders. 


SOURCE Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)

For further information: Rita Legault, Director of Communications and Public Relations,, Telephone: 514-868-9044, ext. 223, Cellular: 514-912-6555


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