News from the Newcomers Coordinator, Jessica Price

After a year off on maternity leave, Jessica Price is very excited to be back in her role as VEQ’s newcomers coordinator. Jessica would like to send a big thank you to her colleague Khrystyna Merrithew for doing such an incredible job while she was away! This summer we expect many newcomers to move to the Quebec City region and hope to reach out to as many of them as possible.

Are you new to the city or still feel like a newcomer? Come out for one of our Finding Your Niche for Newcomers events! These events are a great way to connect with other newcomers while learning more about our community. Stay tuned for more news on our newcomers’ events happening later this summer and in the fall.

Our most recent event: Newcomers’ Walking Tour of Old Québec: June 18, 2016

To kick off the summer, this past June we had our first newcomers event of the fiscal year, our Newcomers’ Walking Tour of Old Québec. It was a great success and we were fortunate to have gorgeous weather. Thank you to everyone for making it a great day!

For more information, please contact Jessica Price at newcomer@veq.ca or (418) 683-2366 ext. 225.

 

 

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For more information on our newcomers’ activities, or if you have any questions, please contact VEQ’s newcomers coordinator at newcomers@veq.ca or (418) 683-2366 ext 225.

 

Free Career Services, wherever you are in Quebec. Get online career counselling with YES Montreal!

Looking for a job in Quebec City?  Your job searching techniques can mean the difference between frustration and success. Whether you’re looking for part-time work or a full-time career, YES offers free personalized career development and job search services for individuals up to 35 years old to help you jump-start your career.

Career Counselling is offered online to Quebecers and workshops are accessible free of charge. Call 1-888-614-9788 ext. 320 to make your appointment now or register online at www.yesmontreal.ca.

 

SENIORS’ HOUSING APARTMENT COMPLEX

McGreevy Manor is a 39 unit seniors’ apartment complex in Sillery right next to Saint-Brigid’s Home. It is designed to help seniors maintain their autonomy and independence in an English-speaking environment while meeting their needs for security and comfort. The complex is close to many services, including public transportation, shopping and restaurants.

For more information, please call Nectaria Skokos at 418 684-5333, extension 1517, nskokos@jhpartners.net.

BAQ/VEQ Fit & Fun Summer Day Camp

This summer, Voice of English-speaking Québec, in partnership with Be Active Québec, is once again offering a one of a kind summer day camp experience where children ages 5 to 12 enjoy activities entirely in English. The camp runs for 6 weeks, from June 27 – August 5 at St. Vincent Elementary School. With almost 100 children registered, Camp Director Sally St.Amant, 9 counselors, special needs assistants, and other helpers from the VEQ team have been busy creating a fun and safe environment for campers to learn and play.

The main focus of the Fit & Fun Summer Day Camp is to promote healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. Each week centers around a theme inspiring daily activities, as well as a weekly outing. On top of the special weekly themed activities, the campers are able to enjoy daily swims at the pool and workshops to learn about making healthy snacks, and crafts. Campers also benefit from a free daily smoothie. The BAQ smoothie bike, which the campers are encouraged to ride in order to blend their smoothies, combines our healthy eating and active lifestyle goals!

This year’s themes and outings:

Week 1 – Quebec City – Outing to Baie de Beauport/ Île d’Orléans

Week 2 – The Great Outdoors – Outing to Station Touristique Duchesnay

Week 3 – Circus – Outing to Québec Circus School

Week 4 – Adventure – Centre Récréofun

Week 5 – Summer Fun – Outing to Village Vacances Valcartier

Week 6 – Summer Olympics – Final Going Away Party

The staff of Voice of English-speaking Québec and Be Active Québec would like to extend a huge thank you to all participants in this year’s camp. Thank you for your positive feedback, we look forward to offering another summer camp next year!

QADA: Ma communauté, j’y participe

The approach to meeting the needs of the aging demographic of Québec is constantly evolving, and we believe that communicating directly with seniors and adapting social activities available to them is essential. Our new project, Ma Communauté, j’y participe, aims to promote social participation among English-speaking seniors in the region. This will be achieved with the help of a steering committee who will oversee the project, evaluate the overall effectiveness of our activities and provide feedback to better meet the diverse needs of our community’s seniors. Generously funded through Québec ami des aînés.

For more information, please contact us at (418) 683-2366

 

Digital Memories

Digital Memories

In the fall of 2016, Voice of English-speaking Québec worked with local high school students from Quebec High School on a project that brought seniors and youth together to learn more about our community’s rich cultural heritage, through the creation of a DVD that will honour the past and help preserve the cultural heritage of our English-speaking minority community. This project was funded by Canadian Heritage.

Collaborative Community Mural – Showcasing our Community’s Identity

This innovative project brought together community members of all ages through the creation of a collaborative mural. A total of 77 participants collaborated to create the mural, resulting in a lasting and permanent exhibit. This project took  place from June 2016 to March 2017 and concluded with a special event where all community members were invited to attend. This project was funded by Canadian Heritage.

 

VEQ’s Annual General meeting

Over 60 people attended Voice of English-speaking Québec’s 35th Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Centre des Loisirs St-Sacrement. Members had the chance to hear about VEQ’s successes of the past year and learn about the many exciting new initiatives for 2016-2017.

This year, VEQ was fortunate to have a number of community members wishing to join the Board of Directors. VEQ welcomed 4 new board members, and 2 board members were re-elected for a second term.

VEQ wishes to thank Bill Donnelly, Master of Ceremonies and Meeting Chair, and Richard Walling, Electoral Officer, for their contribution to the evening.

After the meeting, VEQ staff and community members had the opportunity to mingle while enjoying refreshments and hors d’oeuvre. Many thanks to Ted and Louise Gunn for providing wine that was enjoyed by members.

VEQ is pleased to welcome its 2016-2017 Board of Directors:

Warren Thomson, President
Brian A. Garneau, Vice-President
Philip Almaguer, Treasurer
Véronique Hunter, Corporate Secretary
Laine LePage, Member-at-large

Members: Rebecca Boucher, Jeanne Grégoire, John Karkosak, Ann Martell, Ed Sweeney, Fabrice Vanegas, Marie White and Hoffman Wolff

 

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Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We look forward to an exciting year ahead!

 

Socio-demographic Survey 2016-2017

Plese take a minute to fill out the following brief survey. The results of this survey will be used to better understand our community members.  All information is confidential.

Click here for the Survey

Thank you in advance for your input!