QCGN Community Revitalization Conference a Success

    MONTREAL, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - At the close of the 2008 Conference
Community Revitalization: Trends and Opportunities for the English-speaking
Communities of Quebec, The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and
conference participants, are pleased to announce that the event was a success.
This conference was held in the main amphitheatre of the Roger-Gaudry building
of Université de Montréal from Friday February 29th to Sunday March 2nd, 2008.
    The first goal of this conference was to provide an evidence-based
account of the demographic and institutional vitality of the English-speaking
communities of Quebec. Experts in key areas provided excellent evidence-based
accounts on the demographic, social, and economic realities of the
English-speaking communities of Quebec. For Robert Donnelly, President of the
QCGN, "The presentations and exchanges throughout the conference provided
valuable insight for the English-speaking communities of Quebec. The
information presented provided us with a clear picture of where the
English-speaking communities of Quebec are experiencing success, as well where
we are facing challenges."
    The second goal of the conference was to provide an opportunity for
participants to define the ways in which we could move forward to enhance the
vitality of Quebec's English-speaking communities. This was achieved through
audience participation and passionate exchanges throughout the weekend.
Participants put forward ideas on demographic challenges, institutional
support for health and social services, education and arts and culture, legal
issues, and community leadership. "We are delighted with the level of
participation and the quality of ideas put forth over the course of the
conference" said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director-General of the QCGN. "Many
innovative and interesting ideas were presented to help the English-speaking
communities of Quebec move forward in areas that are important to Quebec's
English-speakers" said Ms. Martin-Laforge.
    The QCGN and the English-speaking communities of Quebec are now looking
forward to acting on the ideas and suggested courses of action put forth
during the conference. Together with community leaders, institutional leaders
and government officials, we will be proposing and coordinating concrete ways
to move forward on some of the key issues raised during the conference.

    The Quebec Community Groups Network is a not-for-profit organization
bringing together 29 English language community organizations across Quebec
for the purposes of supporting and assisting the development and enhancing the
vitality of the English-speaking minority communities, as well as promoting
and supporting the use of the English language in Quebec. This is undertaken
principally through cooperation in the prioritization and development of
projects and through the promotion of an effective coordinated approach. Visit
http://www.qcgn.ca for more information.

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Dobie, Director of Communications, QCGN,
(514) 868-9044, ext. 223, kevin.dobie@qcgn.ca

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