Voice of English-speaking Québec announces new Executive Director

Québec, 8 September 2015 – The Board of Directors of Voice of English-speaking Québec is pleased to announce the selection of Brigitte Wellens as its new Executive Director. The selection was made after a comprehensive search process and she will begin her new position at VEQ on September 14, 2015.

Jean-Sébastien J. Gignac to step down as Executive Director of Voice of English-speaking Québec

Québec, 22 July 2015 – The Board of Directors of Voice of English-speaking Québec today announced the resignation of Executive Director, Jean-Sébastien Gignac. Jean-Sébastien has been with the organization since 2005, first as a Project Coordinator and as Executive Director since 2008. He has worked skillfully and tirelessly during his tenure at VEQ, creating countless new projects and partnerships, and increasing funding by more than double.

VEQ’s Annual General meeting

Over 80 people attended Voice of English-speaking Québec’s 34th Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, May 28 in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital. Members had the chance to hear about VEQ’s successes this past year and learn about many exciting new initiatives.

This year, VEQ was fortunate to have overwhelming interest from community members wishing to join its board of directors. Board candidates made short presentations, then votes were made and tallied. As a result, VEQ welcomed 4 new board members and 1 current board member was re-elected for a second term.

VEQ wishes to thank Bill Donnelly, Master of Ceremonies, and Ted Gunn, Electoral Officer, for their contribution to the evening.

VEQ is pleased to welcome its 2015-2016 board of directors:

Taylor Ireland, President
Brigitte Wellens, Vice-President
Phil Almaguer, Treasurer
Véronique Hunter, Corporate Secretary
John Karkosak, Member at large

Members: Rebecca Boucher, Alec Cooper, Jeanne Grégoire, Joanne Legge, Justyna Lemieux-Lefebvre, Ann Martell, David O’Neill, Marie White and Hoffman Wolff

Thank you to everyone who participated in our events this year. We look forward to an exciting year ahead!


Welcome from VEQ’s new Executive Director, Brigitte Wellens

Brigitte Wellens croppedI am happy to report that my first few weeks here at VEQ, 10 to be precise, have been very rewarding and productive. There is no doubt in my mind that the coming weeks will be as rewarding.

There has been a whirlwind of activity here in the office, but have had a chance to participate in some of our activities as well as a few events hosted by our partners.

Our Taste of Quebec event and the Winds of Change workshop both had a great turnout.

The Diversity of Voices project activities also attracted quite a few participants. English speakers and French speakers came together to practice their second language through various activities such as bowling, board games and ceramics to name just a few.

Don’t tell anyone but I’m convinced I saw elves in the building. I bet they were working on the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.

There is indeed quite a bit going on in our community and as you read on, you will notice there is a lot more to come.

See you at VEQ’s Holiday Happy Hour on December 2nd!

“As we gather together this holiday season may our hearts be grateful, our mugs be full, and our pants be stretchy!”

– Brigitte

News from Be Active Québec

News from Be Active Québec

BAQ has begun its fourth year of activities in the National Capital area and we have a strong program ahead!  Passing on information, sponsoring events and promoting health and fitness for children keeps the program busy.  Fall Fest was a great opportu nity to make smoothies for the community  and meet new people.  picture1

So far this Fall, BAQ  has participated in the CQSB Cross Country Run, cheering on young athletes in the community.  We also sponsored an English Bewitching Tour of the Plaines of Abraham and learned the history of the haunted battlefields and the best way to ward off the spirits of Halloween.  We have worked in partnership with different community groups to publicize events like the baby massage class on November 1st, which taught parents how to offer a soothing touch to confort their infants.  We also continue to publicize the upcoming Kindergarden Workshop on November 17th, which will teach parents how to prepare their 4 year olds for their entrance to school next fall.  For more information or to reserve a space you can contact Jan Anderson at janderson@jhpartners.net

At the Travelin’ Toddler Time on October 21th Be Active Québec helped the little ones decorate pumpkins beside the seniors at St. Brigid’s home and were given recipes to try at home hat used fresh pumpkin!  More Travellin’ Toddler Time sessions are planned for November 18th (Morrin Centre) and December 9th (St. Brigid’s Home).  Contact the Quebec City Reading Counsil at info@qcrc.org

Be Active Québec continues to participate in community events like Take-a-Break Drop In, which will be held on  November 11th and Decmber 2nd as well as Baby Chat Café, with sessions on November 15th and December 6th.   For more information about events or activities offered by BAQ please contact Jeanne Nivischiuk at 418-683-2366 ext. 227 or email quebecenforme@veq.ca.