Connect with your City Project

Submissions for the Connect with your City guidebook to community history, discovery and exploration closed on Friday October 27. The community was asked to provide their significant place or places in the Greater Quebec City region by completing an online survey or by completing hand-in forms.

A total of 163 places and events have been identified as being cultural and historical for English-speakers in our region.

The objective of this project is to provide community members with a unique opportunity to connect or reconnect with the rich cultural heritage of our city with the goal of strengthening their sense of pride and belonging to our community.

VEQ is working with Quebec High School, who under the leadership of Gregory Domonkos and Laura Peterson, are ensuring that the places are well researched and documented.

There will be an official launch of the guidebook in early 2018. More details will be released about it in the New Year.

Tell me a Story/Raconte-moi une histoire

The workshops for the Tell me a story/Raconte-moi une histoire project will be coming to an end on November 27.

The objective of the project has been to promote the importance of linguistic duality within the English and French-speaking communities in the Greater Quebec City region.

This was achieved by offering twelve, bi-monthly (two times per month) two hour language exchange workshops that brought the English and French-speaking communities together, with the task of creating a series of bilingual stories for children.

The stories have been written by adult members of the public who represented five continents: Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe and North America and derived from Algeria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Iran, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, New Zealand, Québec, South Africa and the U.S.A.

Many of the participants were already multi-lingual with professional backgrounds teachers, doctors, students, analysts, writers, designers and world travellers. One of the direct results of the workshops is that several participants have become volunteers and employees at Jeffery Hale partners, others have found employment in their area of expertise while others are improving their French at second-language institutions. This is proof that their confidence and capacity to live and work in both languages in Quebec City has improved. Their presence alone is an invaluable resource to our City. So too, we hope, the Tell me a story/Raconte-moi une histoire book will be to children, their families and educators.

The stories are in the process of being illustrated by students at Quebec High School under the guidance and leadership of Melinda Clifford, before being assembled to make a book. There will be 1000 copies printed which will be distributed to children and families in both the English and French-speaking communities.

Special thanks to our volunteer language monitors- George Kotiuga, Ide Pelletier, Geneviève Fily-Paré and Alexandra Hartley whose presence at the workshops has been both invaluable.

If you would like to participate in the last workshop, please register your interest with Juanita Craig at: juanita.craig@veq.ca or at: (418) 683 2366 ext 222.

Otherwise keep your eyes peeled for information in the New Year about the official launch of the Tell me a story/Raconte-moi une histoire book.

Thank you to everyone who made Fall Fest a Success!

We wanted to send a huge thank you to all of our community members, businesses, organizations, volunteers and performers who came out and celebrated Fall Fest with us on September 23. This year, Fall Fest was made possible thanks to the financial support of: Canadian Heritage, Ville de Québec, and Jeffery Hale Community Partners. A strong team of dedicated volunteers helped make the day run smoothly and performances from Pé Na Rua Brazilian rhythms percussion group, Sandokwa Huron-Wendat Dance Troupe, Paul Hinton & Dave Parker Duo, Ukulélé Club de Québec and the Vibrant Voices Choir provided wonderful entertainment and added to the energy of the festivities.

To view photos from Fall Fest, visit Facebook at :

Fall Fest Album 1
and
Fall Fest Album 2

The event was a great success and we could not have pulled it off without such a committed community. We hope you will join us next year for Fall Fest 2018!

 

Expanding Horizons Project for special needs and at-risk youth

The development of new initiatives that benefit Quebec’s English-speaking community is also one of the objectives of Voice of English-speaking Québec’s (VEQ) mission. The Expanding Horizons Project is a two-year project being carried out by VEQ and funded by the Government of Canada, through the Community Innovation Fund. More information about the fund can be found in the following link: http://qcgn.ca/community-innovation-fund/

The main objective of this important project is to develop community, private and public partnerships to create work-plateaus and concrete work opportunities in the Greater Quebec City region, for English-speaking special needs and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 29.

VEQ has been active in promoting this project with key resources working both with the special needs and at-risk youth of our community. Several work-plateaus have been created and identified while continuing to engage local businesses and community partners to develop on-the-job training experiences for potential beneficiaries. For more information, contact Dominique Paddack at dominique.paddack@veq.ca or 418-683-2366 x227