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

VEQ’s Annual General Meeting 2017

Over 60 people attended Voice of English-speaking Québec’s 36th Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, May 25 in Jeffery Hale Hospital’s Coin Soleil. Members had the chance to hear about VEQ’s successes this past year and learn about the many exciting new initiatives taking place this year.

 

This year, VEQ was fortunate to have a number of community members wishing to join the board of directors. VEQ welcomed 2 new board members and 2 current board members were re-elected for a second term. After the meeting VEQ staff and community members had the opportunity to mingle while enjoying refreshments.

 

VEQ wishes to thank Mr. Jean-Sébastien Jolin Gignac, Master of Ceremonies, and Mr. Ted Gunn, Electoral Officer, for their contribution to the evening.

 

VEQ is pleased to welcome its 2017-2018 board of directors:
Warren Thomson, President

Brian A. Garneau, Vice-President

Phil Almaguer, Treasurer

Laine LePage, Corporate Secretary

Kristy Findlay, Member at large

Members: Rebecca Boucher, John Karkosak, Michael Lewis, Ann Martell, Michelle Osbourne, Ed Sweeney, Marie White and Hoffman Wolff

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

 

Close-Knit: Seniors Building a Community One Stitch at a Time

The goal of this new  project is to empower seniors from our linguistic minority community, by providing them with an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way and allowing them to teach their skills and pass them onto young and old alike. Through workshops and activities that will be carried out throughout the Quebec City area, seniors will teach the art of knitting to participants of all ages. The activities will focus on the knitting squares which will be assembled to create various items such as, baby blankets and scarves.

For more information, please contact us at (418) 683-2366 ext. 224 or at alexandra.hartley@veq.ca

Connect With Your City: Your Guide to Community History, Discovery and Exploration

The objective of this new project is to invite people to discover and explore our community, promote the cultural heritage and history of the linguistic minority community of Quebec City and to strengthen the sense of belonging to it among community members of all ages, native or new to Quebec City. This will be achieved through the production of a guide, outlining our local history, diversity and community heritage as well as showcasing locations, institutions and places of significance, past and present. Generously funded by Canadian Heritage.

Please send your submissions to:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KN3TRFF

or to: Juanita Craig at (418) 683-2366 ext 222 or juanita.craig@veq.ca

 

Tell me a Story / Raconte moi une histoire

This new project aims to promote bilingualism and foster the establishment of stronger links between the two linguistic communities in the Quebec City region. We will achieve this through bi-monthly (two times per month) language exchange workshops that will bring the English and French-speaking communities of the Quebec City region together, with the task of creating a series of bilingual stories for children. Ultimately, our goal is for participants to feel more confident in their capacity to live, volunteer and work in both languages. Generously funded through the Promotion of Linguistic Duality, Enhancement of Official Languages Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Stay tuned for workshop dates

For more information, contact Juanita Craig at (418) 683-2366 ext 222 juanita.craig@veq.ca

 

Be Part of the Official Language Conversation

cross-canada language consultationsPan-Canadian consultations for the renewal of the federal Official Languages strategy were recently launched by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, who invites all Canadians to share their opinions or comments on the role of English and French in Canadian society. The Government of Canada is committed to developing a new official languages plan to support English linguistic minority communities. The QCGN is taking a leadership role for Quebec’s English-speaking community’s participation in this key opportunity, providing members, community and supporting stakeholders with their strategic development priorities and expectations regarding the federal government’s new official languages plan. We strongly encourage you to complete the online questionnaire. Read the Minister’s news release here. More details on the consultation and the link to the online questionnaire here.

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