The Quebec Community Groups Network launches the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award

    MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning the Quebec Community Groups
Network launched the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community
Service Award which will recognize individuals who have contributed to
strengthening the English-speaking community and to building bridges of
understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds.
    QCGN president Robert Donnelly explained the Board of the Network decided
to establish a prize for individuals who have gone above and beyond in
contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec and
decided to name it in favour of two individuals who are models of the engaged
    "For more than a half century, Dr. and Mrs Goldbloom have invested their
talents and skills for the betterment of the community and inspired others
through their outstanding contributions to the vitality and reputation of
English-speaking Quebec," said Robert Donnelly.
    "To help us bestow this honour on deserving individuals, the QCGN is also
calling upon a Blue Ribbon Panel of outstanding Quebecers," said Robert
Donnelly, announcing the judging panel will be chaired by John Parisella and
include Gretta Chambers and other prominent members of the community. "The
Blue Ribbon Panel of judges will carefully consider the impact of the
nominee's contributions as well as a number of other factors including
leadership, commitment, as well as the breadth and impact of their service to
Quebec society."
    Candidates for The Distinguished Community Service Award should have
demonstrated leadership and commitment as a volunteer or as a professional in
their chosen field of endeavour. Their 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 guiding principle is
that these individuals have provided strong and effective leadership and
succeeded in improving the quality of life of English-speaking Quebecers and
the broader society," said Donnelly. The deadline for nominations is July
15th. More details on the award on how to nominate candidates can be found on
the website of the QCGN at

    The first ever Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community
Service Awards will be handed out during a special celebration of
English-speaking Quebec during the Annual General Meeting of the Quebec
Community Groups Network in Gatineau on September 12th. The celebration will
be held in conjunction with festivities surrounding the 40th anniversary of
the Official Languages Act in the National Capital Region.

    The Quebec Community Groups Network ( is a not-for-profit
organization bringing together 32 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
throughout the province.

For further information:

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

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