Welcome to VEQ’s Newest Staff Members

VEQ is pleased to welcome three new staff members:

Alexandra Hartley, Project Coordinator : Alexandra spent most of her life in Kingston, Ontario in a family of strong, intelligent women who were driven to leave their mark on the world. From an early age she enjoyed social and creative pursuits and knew she wanted to contribute in some way to the well-being of others. Having been on the receiving end of VEQ’s support when she was a newcomer, she understands the positive impact the organization has in the community and is grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a great team. Alexandra is working on the Seniors, Out & About program, as well as coordinating the Close Knit project.

Juanita Craig, Project Coordinator : Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Juanita first came to La Belle Province in 1996. Twenty years later, she became a Canadian citizen. Her tertiary studies include a BA (Honours) in Maori language and culture and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) specialising in second language acquisition. Juanita is passionate about Indigenous cultures, education, history, travelling (having travelled to more than 40 countries), music and writing. Over the past twenty-one years, she has lived in Quebec under different capacities: a high school student, new immigrant, worker, wife and mother. Now she is proud and delighted to be working for VEQ, an organisation that has been of great assistance to her in the past. Juanita is coordinating two projects for VEQ : Tell me a Story/Raconte moi une histoire and Connect with your City

Dominique Paddack, Project Coordinator : Originally from Washington, D.C., raised in a multicultural background, Dominique has lived and worked abroad in various countries, namely Chile, Haiti, Tanzania, Spain, and back to the U.S., before calling Quebec City his home in the Summer of 2010. He completed his bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgetown University and has always had a passion for multiculturalism, justice, and assisting those in need. Dominique is excited to join the VEQ team, to work with the various partners, and to serve the English-speaking community of Quebec City. He will be coordinating this year’s Community Innovation Fund project Dominique is working on the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) project to assist our community’s Special Needs Youth.

Goodbye Heather & Jeanne!

A very big thank you to Heather McRae, who left VEQ after 7 dedicated years to pursue further studies. We wish you the very best and look forward to seeing you around in the community!

Jeanne Nivischiuk, Be Active Quebec coordinator, left the VEQ team in May to move with her family to Kansas. Thank you for your hard work over the past 3 ½ years!

We wish you both all the best in your future endeavours and thank you for having been a part of the VEQ team.

We will miss you both!


Musical Wednesday summer concert series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

Chalmers-Wesley United Church is proud to present Musical Wednesdays, a series of nine noon-hour concerts during July and August 2016. Feel free to bring your lunch with you (no crunchy potato chips, please), and join us from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for the following concerts:

  • July 6 with American bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe accompanied by pianist Nataliya Labiau.
  • July 13, well-known québécois flutists Jean-Sébastien Bernier & Natalie Croff will delight the audience.
  • July 20, Pipe Major Alan Stairs and Don Neilson will perform and explain the history of the pipes and drums of the 78th Fraser Highlanders.
  • July 27, Chalmers-Wesley’s organist Gordon Brown will give a concert on organ and piano.
  • August 3, Québec organist Jean Côté will present a concert of classical organ music.
  • August 10, enjoy typical québécois music with the Band’Accordéons de Québec.
  • August 17, St. Brendan’s Trio, a chamber music ensemble with Celtic influences featuring Eline Brock (violin), France Dupuis (cello) and Lawrence O’Hearn (Baroque oboe),
  • August 24, exceptionally at 7:30 p.m. instead of noon, American concert pianist Mark Damisch will make a stop at Chalmers-Wesley during his North American tour.
  • For our final concert on August 31, Chalmers-Wesley’s former organist, Jacquelin Rochette, now artistic director of Casavant Frères, will bring our Musical Wednesdays to a close in classical fashion.

All concerts are free, but we welcome a voluntary donation of $10 or more to offset expenses and help us continue this musical outreach to the community.

Chalmers-Wesley is located at 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Québec.

Please visit our website to learn more: www.chalmerswesley.org.


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.



Walking tour picture

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.



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.