“Supporting the English-speaking community in West Quebec”

Announcements

Office Closure

Published May 18, 2022

RAWQ offices will be closed from Thursday, May 19th to Monday, May 23rd

Office Closure

Published Apr 18, 2022

RAWQ offices will be closed from Tuesday, April 18th to Thursday, April 21st

Office Closure

Published Apr 14, 2022

Easter Day
RAWQ offices will be closed on Friday, April 15th (Good Friday).
 
We wish everyone a safe long weekend!

One-On-One Artist Coaching

Published Apr 12, 2022

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Are you an artist in the Outaouais region? Could you use a little help to sharpen your business skills?
In collaboration with YES Employment + Entrepreneurship and 100 Mile Arts Network, we are offering One-On-One Artist Coaching in our Gatineau office on Friday, April 22nd from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
You have the opportunity to meet with Artist Coach, Caroline, for a free 20-minute consultation or a full 50-minute appointment.
To book an appointment, call 819-682-9602 or email oec@westquebecers.ca

Departure of Jeanne Nivischiuk as Executive Director of Regional Association of West Quebecers

Published Apr 6, 2022

Farewell Jeanne Executive Director

On behalf of the members of the RAWQ and the Board of Directors, I am saddened to acknowledge the departure of our Executive Director, Jeanne Nivischiuk. Her hard work, dedication and diligence has strengthened the Association in the short time that we were privileged to operate under her guidance. Although Ms. Nivischiuk will be dearly missed, we look forward to witnessing her contributions to her other endeavours and wish her the best of luck and success.
 
Arthur Ayers,
President
   

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Dear Members, Partners, Colleagues and Friends,
 
I am writing to inform you that I have stepped down from my position as Executive Director of the Regional Association of West Quebecers - my last day at RAWQ was April 1, 2022.
  
For the past three years, I have had a wonderful opportunity to work for RAWQ, helping it to continue its service to the English-speaking community of the Outaouais.  This past year I was privileged to lead this excellent organization.  It has been an honour to be part of such an excellent team and work with a committed Board of Directors.  I have learned a great deal from their mentorship and have enjoyed the support of so many throughout Quebec, I am truly humbled. 
 
To our members, funders and partners - I thank you for your guidance, support and trust in me.  I look forward to working with you in other areas of the English-speaking community.
 
Hayley Campbell, our Community Outreach Officer will be continuing RAWQ operations and the process of recruitment of a new Executive Director has begun.  RAWQ expects to continue to serve the community at full capacity and looks forward to continuing its work.
 
Stay tuned for more information and if you have any questions please contact RAWQ at aco@westquebecers.ca.
 
I wish you all the very best,
Jeanne Nivischiuk     

Free workshop: HR Strategies for Start Ups and Small Businesses

Published Mar 11, 2022

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The RAWQ is pleased to partner with YES Employment + Entrepreneurship to present: HR Strategies for Start-Ups and Small Businesses

Start off on the right foot with this informative workshop that will highlight the importance of articulating your company’s mission and vision to ensure you attract the right fit and talent to your business. Learn how to determine the best position to hire for, craft effective and engaging job descriptions, decide between full-time staff and contractors and understand the basic legalities required for each.

Click here to register

This free, online workshop is open to residents of the Outaouais region of Quebec only. Delivered as an online presentation, with real-life examples and practical exercises by Robert Therriault, a YES Business Coach.

Available as a live, online streaming webinar. Pre-registration is required. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log on a few hours before the workshop.

March 17th: Coffee Chats with Tiffany-Lee Norris Parent, Municipal councillor for the Touraine district (11)

Published Mar 1, 2022

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Tiffany-Lee Norris Parent, Municipal councillor for the Touraine district (11), will join us on Thursday, March 17th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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Tiffany-Lee Norris Parent was born in Gatineau, where she currently lives. She always wanted to make a positive impact on her community. Coming from a family where community involvement is deeply rooted in their identity, she was always encouraged to help the people around her.

This early involvement also opened her eyes to many challenges and injustices throughout society, such as the low proportion of women in politics, the issues about racism and discrimination, and the growing cynicism of many people towards politics. Those are some of the issues that she wants to address during her political term.

Since November 2021, Ms. Norris Parent is the city councillor of the district of Touraine, for the city of Gatineau. While she exercises her duties as city councillor, she is also continuing her studies at Athabasca University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences. Following her election, Ms. Norris Parent was nominated to multiple positions across the committees and commissions of the City of Gatineau. She is President of the Living-Together and Immigration Consultation Table, Co-President of the Youth Commission, and member of the Recreation, Sports and, Community Development Commission.

March 3rd: Coffee Chats- Panel: Youth in local media

Published Feb 28, 2022

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A panel of youth working in local media will join us on Thursday, March 3rd at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation and hear from Zainab Al-Mehdar (The Equity), Stuart Benson (The Low Down to Hull and Back), and Caleb Nickerson (CHIP 101.9)!

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More about our guests:
Zainab Al-Mehdar is a reporter at The Equity. She is a recent graduate of Algonquin College’s journalism program. She also completed a bachelor's degree in Communications at the University of Ottawa. She has tried her hand in the digital marketing and communications world but always gravitated towards writing. One of the things she loves about journalism is learning something new about people and places. And with a community paper, she gets to report on so many different issues and topics which have helped her grow her portfolio. One of her favourite memories from her undergrad was meeting Rosemary Barton while on a tour of CBC offices.
She currently has bylines in The Hill Times, Glue Magazine, Algonquin Times, The Fulcrum, Maclean's and Ottawa Show Box.

Originally from Barrie ON, Stuart Benson attended Barrie Central Collegiate High School. While attending, he was a member of the rugby program, Classics Club, theatre department, as well as first baritone saxophone for the Sr. Band and Jazz Band.
Stuart moved to Ottawa in 2010 to attend the University of Ottawa where he received a Bachelor of Arts focusing on classical literature and cultures. After graduating, he worked in a number of restaurants before returning to school to pursue journalism at Algonquin College.
During his journalism program at Algonquin, he was a reporter for the school's newspaper and wrote for its magazine Glue, serving as Entertainment editor for both, which gave him the opportunity to interview some of his favourite Canadian performers, including Kenny and Spenny, USS, and The Fast Romantics.
Stuart was also one of three contributing reporters who worked on a year-long investigative report examining Algonquin College’s failed Jazan campus in Saudi Arabia.
Shortly after graduating in 2020, he found his position as a reporter for The Low Down to Hull and Back newspaper, beginning work on Feb. 12, a month and a day before the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Stuart is interested in political, health, and human interest reporting, as well as breaking news and live reporting events.

Caleb Nickerson has been a community journalist in the Pontiac area for nearly six years. He is from the town of Brighton, Ontario, and moved to Ottawa for school, where he completed a four-year joint journalism program at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. 
During his final semester of college, he completed a 6-week work placement at The Equity newspaper in Shawville and was offered a job following graduation. Caleb moved to Shawville in August 2016 and has lived there ever since.
While Caleb began as a reporter, he started taking on some editing duties about 2 months after he started, and fully took on the editor role in March 2019.
Caleb decided to move to radio journalism in the summer of 2021, nearly five years to the day that he started at The Equity and he started at CHIP 101.9, Pontiac's community radio station in Fort Coulonge in mid-July 2021. He had known the manager there for some time through his role at the paper and thought it was the right time in his career to learn some new skills and improve his French. Currently, he writes and translates news stories for their website, as well as conducts interviews for the air and records the local news bulletin for their afternoon programming. Caleb shared that it's quite a change of pace, but it's been a great experience thus far.

Free Tax Clinic

Published Feb 24, 2022

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Do you need help with your tax return? You may be eligible for help at our free tax clinic if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation.
The Regional Association of West Quebecers is a community partner with the Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program. The program aids people who are unable to complete their tax returns and cannot afford the services of tax professionals. Our team of volunteers will complete your income tax returns for free. Our tax clinic will run from March 14th to March 24th from 9:00am-4:30pm, through our Gatineau office.
 
To be eligible for the program, individuals must have a modest income and a simple tax situation.
Individuals assisted by the program include: adults 65 years and older, Indigenous Peoples, modest-income individuals, newcomers, persons with disabilities, and students.
In general, a tax situation is simple if an individual has no income or if their income comes from these sources: employment, pension, benefits, such as Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance, Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, or grants, and interest (under $1,000)
 
Suggested income limits:
-Person living alone: $35,000
-Couple: $45,000
-Each dependant: $2,500
-One adult with one child: $45,000
-Each additional dependant: $2,500
 
To book an appointment, call 819-682-9602 or email oec@westquebecers.ca

February 24th: Coffee Chats with Jennifer McNeil, Community Development Agent and Inclusion Specialist at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School

Published Feb 21, 2022

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Jennifer McNeil, Community Development Agent and Inclusion Specialist at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (PETES), will join us this Thursday, February 24th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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Jennifer McNeil, M.Ed., has worked as a classroom teacher and special education consultant in the English educational network for the last 19 years. Currently, she is working as a Community Development Agent and Inclusion Specialist at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (PETES) in Gatineau. She believes that community connection & collaboration are key to community vitality. She has a strong passion for education and is dedicated to supporting and enriching the academic experience of students and teachers alike.

February 17th: Coffee Chats with Jane Toller, Warden of MRC Pontiac

Published Feb 14, 2022

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Jane Toller, Warden of MRC Pontiac, will join us this Thursday, February 17th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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Jane has been the Warden of Pontiac since 2017. Other background includes:

  • 1979-1989- Sales and Marketing at Procter & Gamble
  • 1989-1994- Coordinator of After School programs for 4 schools in the Leaside area of Toronto (50 programs per week)
  • 1994-1997- Elected School Trustee East York Board of Education in Toronto
  • 1998-2006- Elected City Councillor on Toronto City Council
  • 2008-present- Revitalization of Gaultois Newfoundland
  • 2011-2017- Business development and revitalization in the Pontiac (2012-2014 opened Spruceholme Inn, Bryson’s Bistro du Bucheron and the Pontiac Conference Centre)
  • 2017-Present- Warden of the MRC Pontiac

Free Workshop: Introduction to Business Modeling Using the Business Model Canvas

Published Feb 14, 2022

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We are pleased to partner with YES Employment + Entrepreneurship to present Introduction to Business Modeling Using the Business Model Canvas. Join us on Tuesday, February 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Whether you’re a new entrepreneur, self-employed or have been operating your business for a while, it is vital to strengthen your business’s core fundamentals.
During this session, you will be exposed to the nine pillars of the Business Model Canvas, an important tool for any new or existing business. You will learn how to develop, analyze and review your own model, so that you are able to successfully navigate any future threats or opportunities.
Delivered as an online presentation, with real-life examples and practical exercises by Robert Therriault, a YES Business Coach. A free workshop for residents of the Outaouais.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log on a few hours before the workshop.

February 10th: Coffee Chats with Robert Therriault, YES Business Coach and Yoana Turnin, Provincial Projects Manager at YES Employment + Entrepreneurship

Published Feb 1, 2022

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Robert Therriault, YES Business Coach and Yoana Turnin, Provincial Projects Manager at YES Employment + Entrepreneurship, will join us this Thursday, February 10th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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More about our guests:
Robert Therriault (YES Business Coach) became involved with YES Montreal as a volunteer mentor and joined YES full-time as a business coach in 2014. As an experienced financial professional, he has been involved in a number of different companies from start-ups to publicly-traded. He has lived and worked in Toronto, Vancouver, New York City, Washington DC, and Ottawa before settling in Montreal. Prior to joining YES Employment + Entrepreneurship, he was involved with a fund investing in new companies in Montreal. He was also involved with a green energy trading and transmission start-up. He was the CFO of a publicly listed junior mining company. He also co-founded an investment fund as well as being a corporate banker and has done some merchant banking. Bob has an MBA from McGill and a CPA CMA designation, as well as having successfully completed level 1 of the CFA program. Bob truly enjoys working with entrepreneurs of all stages, helping them tackle issues such as business plans, cash flow management, marketing, expansion plans and focusing on what are the important issues. Entrepreneurship is both challenging and rewarding, and he aims to find ways to help support individuals launching or managing their business.

Yoana Turnin (Provincial Projects Manager) joined YES Employment + Entrepreneurship in 2017 and is currently the Provincial Projects Manager. Originally from Bulgaria, she completed an Honors Communication Studies Degree at Ithaca College in Upstate New York. Yoana has worked in the non-profit, media, and labour sectors as an advocate, facilitator, and organizer. She continues to build upon these experiences and successfully completed her MBA in June 2020. Yoana draws energy and inspiration from working with YES’ Partners across Quebec and helping new and established entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

January 27th: Coffee Chats with Paul Brown, Executive Director of the 100 Mile Arts Network

Published Jan 24, 2022

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Paul Brown, Executive Director of the 100 Mile Arts Network will join us on Thursday, January 27th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!
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Paul Brown, born in Ottawa, ON has been a resident of La Pêche since 2008. Paul has been a social justice advocate for many years and is dedicated to community development. Currently, as Executive Director of the 100 Mile Arts Network, Paul focuses his energy on supporting artists in the Outaouais.

Paul is a founder and President of Bearing Witness Canada a not-for-profit that he started in response to the TRC commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Paul joined the RAWQ Board in 2021. His other interests include gardening, studying nature, walking and knitting, a skill he learned as a child.

Join us for Quiz Night on March 4th!

Published Jan 21, 2022

RAWQ QUIZ NIGHT

The Regional Association of West Quebecers presents a virtual Quiz Night on Friday, March 4th at 7:00 pm.

Form a team with your home bubble or take on the challenge solo. Gear up for a night full of fun, laughter, tricky questions, and prizes!

- -FREE EVENT- -

Zoom information will be circulated the week of the event. For more information, contact: oec@westquebecers.ca or 819-682-9602

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Write Your Story With Comics! with Kate Lavut

Published Jan 11, 2022

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The Regional Association of West Quebecers is pleased to partner with the Quebec Writers' Federation's StoryScaping project to offer a 3-part workshop series, Write Your Story With Comics!, with Kate Lavut.

This series is open to youth and seniors and will take place on Thursdays, February 10, 17, and 24, from 7:00-9:00 pm. Sessions will take place via Zoom and the meeting information will be shared leading up to the workshops.

You don't need to be an artist to enjoy this comic-making workshop for youth and seniors. All you need is a story you want to tell and the courage to put it down on paper. Drawings can be formal and detailed or simple and expressive.

By the end of the workshop, each participant will have their own eight-page comic book!

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First coffee chat of 2022- Join us on January 13th!

Published Jan 10, 2022

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Linda Sparks, Writer and Jacob Lavigne, Host will join us on Thursday, January 13th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. They will talk about the Podcast Project on the Outaouais' first pioneers, which was created in partnership with CHIP 101.9 FM and the Regional Association of West Quebecers. Join the conversation!
More about our guests:
Linda Sparks started her journalism career writing articles for the Aylmer Bulletin and the West Quebec Post, including her own weekly column entitled the Faces of West Quebec, which won second place in the reader's poll as the most read column. Linda has also written several articles for the Internet, before taking scriptwriting and production courses. She has written several full-length feature films and stage plays and worked in the film industry as a location scout. One of her more memorable experiences was working on the Rolling Stones video shoot for the song Streets of Love. Linda was also a production coordinator for a movie of the week entitled Crossing Nirvana that was televised on cable television. A Pair of Brothers is her first complete manuscript for middle-grade readers ages 8-12 years old.
Jacob Lavigne was born and raised in the Pontiac region, more specifically Otter Lake. He graduated High School from ESSC in Fort-Coulonge in 2015 and got his college diploma from Algonquin College in Television Broadcasting in 2019. Jacob has worked for CHIP 101.9, the community radio station in the Pontiac, since September 2019 and has done many projects since including videos and interviews

Thank you for your support!

Published Jan 7, 2022

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Gloria Wright, a supporter of the Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ), is the lucky winner of our festive Basket of Good Cheer. It contains about $450. worth of premium spirits. Not bad for an 83-cent ticket! She was delighted to take delivery of the prize from Bob Valcov, Vice-President of RAWQ. The Basket of Good Cheer is an important fundraising initiative for us, netting about $6,000. Thank you so much to all of you who contributed and to the volunteers and staff who made it happen. Cheers!

Announcement: Basket of Good Cheer Winner- Gloria

Published Dec 31, 2021

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Happy New Year! We would like to thank all that supported our Basket of Good Cheer fundraising initiative.
 
The draw took place today via Facebook Live. We are pleased to announce that Gloria is the lucky winner!

December 16th: Coffee Chats with André Fortin, Member of the National Assembly for Pontiac

Published Dec 13, 2021

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André Fortin, Member of the National Assembly for Pontiac will join us on Thursday, December 16th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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André Fortin is married to Marlene Floyd and is the father of two wonderful girls Maëlle and Élodie. He obtained his Diploma of College Studies in Social Sciences at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and Bachelor's Degree in Commerce with the option in Public Management at the University of Ottawa. After obtaining his Bachelor's Degree, André became the Press Secretary at the office of the federal Minister of Transport before becoming the Media Relations Officer at the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. In 2006, André became the Press Secretary at the office of the Leader of the Official Opposition. In 2007, André went on to become the Director of Public Affairs at the Brewers Association of Canada. While working at the Brewers Association, André went back to university in order to obtain his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Ottawa. In 2013, he went on to become the Director of Government Relations at Telus and for a year until he was elected as the Member of National Assembly for Pontiac. During his first years as an MNA, André was a member of multiple committees and was a Parliamentary Assistant for the Minister of Finance. In 2017, André became Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification. Since 2020, André has been a member of the subcommittee on Parliamentary Reform, a member of the Committee on the National Assembly and an Official Opposition House Leader. This year, André was named the Official Opposition Critic for Transport and is now a member of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.

Live Radio Play: "It's A Wonderful Life" by the Aylmer Community Theatre Company

Published Dec 9, 2021

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The Aylmer Community Theatre Company is set to host a live radio play, "It's A Wonderful Life" on December 18th at 7:30 pm. The event will take place at the Aylmer United Church. Proof of vaccination is required. 

It is a fundraiser for the Company and tickets are $20. ACT has teamed up with Broadway on Demand to be able to offer the option to view the performance ‘at home’.  

For tickets and more information, please visit: www.actcompany.ca 

RAWQ's Basket of Good Cheer Fundraiser

Published Dec 2, 2021

Final Christmas Basket Ad

✨Get your tickets for the RAWQ's Basket of Good Cheer.✨
You have the chance to ring in the New Year with a basket filled with over $400 of premium spirits.
 
Tickets are $0.99 each or 6 for $5.00.
 
You are invited to send your donation via electronic money transfer at info@westquebecers.ca for a touchless experience. Proof of your tickets will later be sent by email. No secret password is required.

RAWQ Christmas Card Fundraiser

Published Nov 30, 2021

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Mark Christmas cards off your list by supporting the RAWQ's Christmas Card Fundraiser.☃️
Spread some holiday cheer with your loved ones this season by sending them a card. Thank you to Lemali Pathirana, Brandon On The Go, Kristina Green, Sara Knox, and Holly Campbell for capturing and entering such lovely scenes across the Outaouais region!
Cards in packages of 10 are available at:
Shawville: Cafe 349, 349 Main Street
Wakefield: Wakefield General Store, 804 Chemin Riverside
Bristol: Cidrerie Coronation Hall Cider Mills, 206 River Road
Lascelles: Magasin général La Pêche, 360 chemin des Erables
Cards can also be purchased at both of our offices. For more information, please email: oec@westquebecers.ca

December 2nd: Coffee Chats with Greg Graham, President of the Pontiac Community Players

Published Nov 26, 2021

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Greg Graham, President of the Pontiac Community Players will join us on Thursday, December 2nd at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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Greg is an apple farmer, the owner of Coronation Hall Cider Mills, and the manager of Continuing Education for Cégep Heritage College. He's also involved in his local community as a councillor for the municipality of Bristol and as a commissioner for the Western Quebec School Board.  As the president of the Pontiac Community Players, he has been active as a playwright, director, and actor in the local community theatre group.  Right now he's working on a live radio play for Christmas - a cherished tradition in the churches here in the Pontiac.

November 25th: Coffee Chats with Krishnan Sundaram, Program Coordinator at Western Quebec Literacy Council

Published Nov 19, 2021

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Krishnan Sundaram, Program Coordinator at Western Quebec Literacy Council will join us on Thursday, November 25th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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Krishnan Sundaram began working as the Outreach Coordinator with WQLC in January, 2019. Presently he is doing outreach work as well as developing, coordinating, and delivering programs to the English speaking population of the Western Quebec Region.  While coordinating and training volunteer tutors, and matching them with learners wanting to improve language and mathematics skills, he is runnung programs to help seniors and those who need it, help in improving digital literacy and computer skills. Periodically, he creates and leads activities for the whole family to participate in and learn together.

With specialization in leadership and facilitation, Krish uses his skills as a musician by incorporating music into language learning with activities such as songwriting, and hand drumming. “I believe that participating in activities that use creativity can inspire people to want to learn.” Krish has a diverse work history which includes working as an activity leader and coordinator for an international school in Ottawa, a daycare center cook, purchasing and logistics specialist, and a live sound technician.

Having lived for many years in Montreal and Vancouver, Krish has called Aylmer home since 2011. 

November 18th: Coffee Chats with Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer

Published Nov 10, 2021

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Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer will join us on Thursday, November 18th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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Greg is the Member of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer since October 2015. Founder and chair of the Canadian Caucus of Black Parliamentarians, Greg also serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and to the Minister of Digital Government, and is vice-chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. He was previously Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and a member of the standing Committee on Finance.

Greg is very involved in his community. He encourages people to invest themselves in causes that are important to them, and to work together to fight isolation and create a sense of community. It’s why he organizes café croissant meetings, public forums and other public events in the Hull–Aylmer riding.

Greg has a strong background in politics. Previously, he worked as a policy advisor and senior policy advisor in a number of ministerial offices. He has also worked at all levels of the Liberal Party of Canada, including as National Director, where he introduced change and innovation that made the party more efficient, helping restore it to today’s modern appeal.

Greg has two bachelor’s degrees—one in social science and one in international relations. He has also studied international relations at the master’s level. Over the past 25 years, he has worked in the private and public sectors, with not-for-profit organizations and in the academic sector.

He is passionate about running, politics and jazz, and he is proud of his community and everything it has accomplished.  He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult children and doting grandparents to one grandson.

November 4th: Coffee Sarah Plourde, Regional Coordinator- Early Childhood, Youth, & Families at Connexions Resource Centre

Published Oct 28, 2021

Week 3 Sarah Plourde

Sarah Plourde, Regional Coordinator- Early Childhood, Youth, & Families at Connexions Resource Centre will join us on Thursday, November 4th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation to learn more about the upcoming Early Childhood Forum that they are part of.
Sarah is especially passionate about child and adolescent development, being a mother of two special needs children and having worked in the field for over 10 years as a speaker on a wide range of topics, including the parent-child relationship & the development of their self-confidence. Through Connexions, Sarah has the opportunity to organize specialized events that meet the needs of today's families. She also enjoys being an active participant in several consultation tables in the Outaouais region, which allows her to learn more about the needs of families in the region and to work towards providing much-needed services and activities for the English-speaking community. Recently, Sarah has been working closely with a number of partners to launch this year’s first Early Childhood Forum for families and their little ones.

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English Municipal Election Info- Gatineau

Published Oct 25, 2021

The City of Gatineau has information about the municipal election available in English on its website.↘
⬛️ Advanced Polls: October 30 & 31 from 9:30 am-8:00 pm
⬛️ Casting ballots at the office of the Returning Officer: November 3 from 9:30 am-8:00 pm
⬛️ Election Day: November 7 from 9:30 am-8:00 pm

An opportunity for youth‼

Published Oct 18, 2021

Poster PSSP Year 2

The Priority-Setting Summit Project is an event organized by Y4Y QuebecThe primary goal of this project is to mobilize and increase civic engagement among Québec’s English-speaking youth while providing them with the tools necessary to develop strong leadership skills for the future.
This will be accomplished by giving English-speaking youth an accessible platform to share their concerns, exchange knowledge and ideas, identify the core needs of their community and set priorities for the future.
The two-day Priority-Setting Summit event will be held to provide youth with learning opportunities via educational workshops, special guest speakers, youth leadership training, mentorship, and networking activities with 5 à 7 cocktail formula at Dawson College on November 13-14, 2021.
Youth participants attending the Summit will be divided into 6 teams to work on the elaboration of Strategic Plans based on the 6 key issues identified by the Project's Youth Advisory Committee (Education, Civic Engagement, Professional Abilities, Diversity & Inclusion, Professional Development and Employment Concerns).
This will help build the main goal of PSSP which is to develop a 5-year Strategic Plan to positively impact outcomes for English-speaking youth that will be presented to the Government.
 
For more information, visit: www.y4ysummit.com

Thank you for joining the October 7th Coffee Chat!

Published Oct 7, 2021

Thank you Coffee Chat 2021
This morning we had a lovely chat with Emily Bérard, Event & Project Coordinator at Y4Y Quebec. We would like to thank all in attendance.
It was interesting to learn more about the Priority-Setting Summit Project that will take on November 13 & 14. For more information and to register, visit: www.y4ysummit.com
 
Our next Coffee Chat will take place on October 21st:

UPDATED: Introduction to Calisthenics and Functional Training.

Published Oct 6, 2021

Update Introduction to Calisthenics and Functional Training
Register for Introduction to Calisthenics and Functional Training. A four-part series led by our Intern, Adi.
 
-October 7th 3:00-5:00 pm
-October 18th 3:00-5:00 pm **Updated**
-October 27th 2:30-4:30 pm **Updated**
-November 2nd 3:00-5:00 pm
 
The series will focus on teaching youth the fundamentals of calisthenic training with a strong emphasis on technique while having fun!
Each session is followed by “social stretching time” where participants have the chance to talk about what’s going on in school/life, etc. and learn about each other while stretching.
These workshops are not only designed to help youth get interested in physical fitness but also help those who want to compete in sports or be in an athletic environment.
 
To register, email: oec@westquebecers.ca or call 819-682-9602

October 7th: RAWQ Coffee Chat with RAWQ Coffee Chats with Emily Bérard

Published Oct 1, 2021

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Emily Bérard, Event & Project Coordinator at Youth for Youth Quebec (Y4Y Quebec) will join us on Thursday, October 7th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation and learn more about the Priority-Setting Summit Project that will take place next month.

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Émily is an Event & Project Coordinator at Youth for Youth Quebec and has been for the past year now. With a Bachelor degree in Education and an ACS in Event Planning, Émily is passionate about all that has to do with organization and planning. She's thrilled to be working in the non-profit industry and has enjoyed learning more about non-profits. She looks forward to events making a big comeback so she can make sure to plan as many of them as possible.

Introduction to Calisthenics and Functional Training.

Published Sep 29, 2021

Introduction to Calisthenics and Functional Training
Register for Introduction to Calisthenics and Functional Training. A four-part series led by our Intern, Adi.
 
-October 7th 3:00-5:00 pm
-October 18th 2:30-4:30 pm
-October 29th 2:30-4:30 pm
-November 2nd 3:00-5:00 pm
 
The series will focus on teaching youth the fundamentals of calisthenic training with a strong emphasis on technique while having fun!
Each session is followed by “social stretching time” where participants have the chance to talk about what’s going on in school/life, etc. and learn about each other while stretching.
These workshops are not only designed to help youth get interested in physical fitness but also help those who want to compete in sports or be in an athletic environment.
 
To register, email: oec@westquebecers.ca or call 819-682-9602

UPDATED: NEW Cercle des écrivaines/écrivains de l'Outaouais Writer's Circle

Published Sep 29, 2021

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Are you looking for a place this fall to let your creative energy flow and to be inspired in a warm and safe environment?

Then it's time to sign up for the Cercle des écrivaines/écrivains de l'Outaouais Writer's Circle in partnership with the Regional Association of West Quebecers and the City of Gatineau. The city has in place Public Health guidelines and government directives regarding distancing, mask wearing and other public safety measures for both staff and participants of the Donalda-Charron library in the Plateau sector.

Come and discover your writing style while receiving feedback about your fiction or non-fiction story, share your short stories and poetry while exploring a wide range of subjects in a friendly atmosphere. Various genres of writing will be explored. All you have to do is put your thoughts down on paper and register for FREE by using your Accès Gatineau card, which is required to register for one writing circle during the week from the three time slots available. The writing circles will take place on ** Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm **. For more information and to register, please contact: writerscircle@westquebecers.ca or visit the City of Gatineau website - Sports and Loisir page. ** REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 1ST. **
 
The in-person writing circles will start on September 29th and run until December 15th. There will be ten weeks of creative writing and sharing. Please join us! We all want to hear your stories come alive!
 
*Please note that the writing circles will not meet on November 10th and December 1st and will be rescheduled for December 8th and 15th respectively.

Photo Contest

Published Sep 28, 2021

Photo contest 2021
Send us your favourite photo set in the Outaouais, for a chance to be featured on our greeting card!
Email your entries to oec@westquebecers.ca by Thursday, October 14th.

RAWQ Annual General Meeting

Published Sep 24, 2021

Four new Board Members were elected at our Annual General Meeting last night. We are pleased to welcome Jared Broughton, Paul Brown, Lemali Pathirana, and Becky Drummond.
 
Chris Judd, Cassandra Plourde, and Robert Valcov were re-elected to the Board.
 
They join Arthur Ayers, David Gillespie, Judith O’Rourke, Brian Rock, and Mariam Wasty, who are in the second year of their term.

NEW Cercle des écrivaines/écrivains de l'Outaouais Writer's Circle

Published Sep 9, 2021

B Outaouais Literary Circle 2021

Are you looking for a place this fall to let your creative energy flow and to be inspired in a warm and safe environment?

Then it's time to sign up for the Cercle des écrivaines/écrivains de l'Outaouais Writer's Circle in partnership with the Regional Association of West Quebecers and the City of Gatineau. The city has in place Public Health guidelines and government directives regarding distancing, mask wearing and other public safety measures for both staff and participants of the Donalda-Charron library in the Plateau sector.

Come and discover your writing style while receiving feedback about your fiction or non-fiction story, share your short stories and poetry while exploring a wide range of subjects in a friendly atmosphere. Various genres of writing will be explored. All you have to do is put your thoughts down on paper and register for FREE by using your Accès Gatineau card, which is required to register for one writing circle during the week from the three time slots available. The writing circles will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm and Fridays from 10:30am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm. For more information and to register, please contact: writerscircle@westquebecers.ca or visit the City of Gatineau website - Sports and Loisir page.
 
The in-person writing circles will start on September 29th and run until December 8th. There will be ten weeks of creative writing and sharing. Please join us! We all want to hear your stories come alive!
 
*Please note that the writing circles will not meet on November 10th and December 1st and will be rescheduled for December 8th and 15th respectively.

4-part workshop series, 'In Your Own Voice, In Your Own Words'

Published Sep 8, 2021

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Unleashing the imagination – Are we trained to use our imagination…or is it neglected?
Join us for a 4-part workshop series, 'In Your Own Voice, In Your Own Words', on September 21& 28 and October 5 & 12 from 3:30-5:30 pm.
Whether recounting a love story or an adventure, a true-life story or one that’s totally imagined, the participants will be free to improvise and adapt as they are guided through the creative process of bringing a story to life and telling it in their Own Voice and their Own Words.
Patti Warnock will lead the series. Her repertoire (for the young at heart of all ages) consists not only of traditional style tales, but also of her own creations, where reality and fiction walk hand in hand, and which are based on the reality of everyday life events, and on her own childhood in rural Quebec and in northern Canada.
Space is limited! To register, email oec@westquebecers.ca or call 819-682-9602.

Office Closure- Holidays

Published Aug 30, 2021

THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN AUGUST 31 AND SEPTEMBER 7, INCLUSIVELY.

Now on YouTube

Published Aug 27, 2021

The recording of the Virtual Community Information Session that took place on August 26th, is now available on our YouTube channel.

Click here to watch

RAWQ Virtual Community Information Session

Published Aug 19, 2021

Info Session v2

What is the fate of English-Speaking Quebecers? Join us at our Virtual Community Information Session to find out what Bill 96 will mean if you are an English speaker in Quebec.

Thursday, August 26th at 7:00 pm

Via Zoom

Click here to register

For more information or if you experience difficulties with registration, please email: oec@westquebecers.ca or call 819-682-9602.

RAWQ Community Information Session

Published Jul 7, 2021

 RAWQ Info Session

What is the fate of English-Speaking Quebecers? Join us at our Community Information Session to find out what Bill 96 and Bill C-32 will mean if you are an English speaker in Quebec.

Tuesday, August 3rd- Doors open at: 6:30 pm | Meeting starts at 7:00 pm

Shawville Fair Grounds- Homecraft Hall (215 Lang Street Shawville, QC)

Click here to register

Please note that the RAWQ will adhere to public health guidelines to ensure a safe event. More details to follow on how to possibly engage virtually. Everyone is welcome.

For more information or if you experience difficulties with registration, please email: oec@westquebecers.ca or call 819-682-9602.

PRESS RELEASE

Published Jul 2, 2021

RAWQ Statement on the Official Languages of Quebec and Canada / Communiqué de presse à propos des Langues officielles du Québec et du Canada

Click here to read

Eating Well in the Summer on a Budget Workshop

Published Jun 28, 2021

Eating Well in the summer
Wednesday, July 21st from 2:00-3:30 pm 
 
The session will take place on Zoom. Everyone is welcome!
 
Jennifer Brennan, Food Skills Manager with The Depot Community Food Centre, conducts an interactive information session with recipe sharing. Compare tips and tricks for making the most of seasonal produce and for coping with the heat of summer. In partnership with the Atwater Library and Computer Centre- Financial Literacy Program.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Published Jun 3, 2021

As of Monday, June 7th, you may move up your appointment for your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Find your age and corresponding date on the calendar below.

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Bishop's Forum 2021

Published Jun 1, 2021

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Bishop’s Forum 2021 Director Yolande James invites English-speaking Quebec youth to take advantage of a unique and transformative learning opportunity this summer

WHO: Young English-speaking Quebecers aged 18-26 who:

  • Identify as members of the English-speaking community
  • Want to deepen their understanding of how Quebec society works
  • Are passionate about working with their peers to bring about positive change

WHAT: The Forum’s discussions are driven by youth interests and passions! Past Forums have featured panel discussions, guest presentations and workshops on topics such as engaged citizenship, Indigenous rights, anti-racism, allyship, social sustainability, mental health and healthcare, education, linguistic rights and much more.

WHEN: Friday evening, August 13th through Tuesday afternoon, August 17th

WHERE: On the campus of Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec*

 What will your Bishop’s Forum experience be?

  • Meet fellow young Quebecers who will positively challenge you
  • Expand your network and engage with inspiring guest speakers
  • Become empowered to lead change in your community

If you're interested in Quebec society, how our province works and how you can make a difference, don't miss the Bishop’s Forum!

Register online: https://bishopsforum.ubishops.ca/registration/

Visit the Bishop’s Forum Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/1ijebn4qX

There is no cost to participate. Transportation to and from Bishop’s University as well as room and board on campus during the Forum are covered. This initiative is supported by the Government of Québec’s Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise.

 *The Bishop's Forum will adhere to public health guidelines to ensure a safe event. Consequently, we may offer a mix of in-person and virtual activities.

Invitation to Student Presentation on Black Canadian History

Published Mar 3, 2021

You are cordially invited to a Meeting of the Committee for the Enhancement of the Curriculum of the History of Quebec (ComECH-QC) this Thursday evening, March 4th, 2021 commencing @ 7:00 p. m.
Special Invited Guest Presenter will be:
Ms. Furaha-Safi Karubara, is a Secondary IV student, who regularly attends Philomen Wright High School in Hull, Gatineau, and is attending the Western Quebec School Board Online Academy this year. Ms. Furaha-Safi Karubara will be presenting a PowerPoint presentation about the importance of Black History being taught as a part of Canadian History. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Please RSVP by writing to ComECH-QC Secretary, Carol Meindl at: carolmeindl@qfhsa.org

Opportunity for youth!

Published Feb 12, 2021

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Y4Y Quebec is hosting a virtual Priority-Setting Summit Project that will be taking place on March 20-21, 2021.
 
This event will provide Québec’s English-speaking youth with a platform to articulate their diverse communities’ needs.
 
Youth will have the opportunity to attend workshops, a virtual tour of Parliament, and be inspired by a host of guest speakers!
 

'Your 2020 Tax Return' Information Session

Published Jan 18, 2021

Join us on Monday, February 22nd from 4-5:30pm for a virtual information session on your 2020 tax return. All are welcome!
 
Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an overview of 2020 provisions of federal and provincial income tax.
 
Thank you to the Atwater Library and Computer Centre for partnering with us.
 
For more information or to register, please email Hayley at oec@westquebecers.ca or fill out this form:
  
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Basket of Good Cheer Update

Published Jan 4, 2021

Happy New Year! We would like to thank everyone for their support towards our Basket of Good Cheer fundraising initiative. 

The draw took place on December 30th. We are pleased to announce that Elisabeth H. was the lucky winner!

 

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RAWQ Coffee Chats are back!

Published Jan 4, 2021

Happy New Year! RAWQ Coffee Chats will resume this week.
 
Join us on Thursday at 10:00am via Zoom. This week we want to hear about your holiday experience amid the pandemic.
 
To register, please fill out the following form to receive Zoom call instructions: Register for our weekly Coffee Chats

Registration for Winter 2021 FSL Classes

Published Nov 24, 2020

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Open registration for our virtual winter 2021 French-second language classes will take place from January 11th to March 18th, 2021.
Stay tuned!

Connecting Roots in the Pontiac and Beyond

Published Nov 23, 2020

You are Here Project FINAL

On Friday, November 27th at 1:00pm enjoy the virtual session ‘Connecting Roots in the Pontiac and Beyond’. Be enlightened by the dedicated group of volunteers at the Pontiac Archives.

This workshop is part of Y4Y Quebec’s ‘You Are Here’ project, organized by the Outaouais Youth Cultural Ambassador, Holly Campbell.


Click Here To Register

RAWQ Youth Needs Assessment

Published Nov 18, 2020

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Calling all youth! We have created a new needs assessment for youth and we need your input. With the information received, we will generate a report on the needs of the youth in our region. We are hoping to gain a  better sense of how to reach you amid the pandemic. Please share this with local youth in your network.

Access the Youth Needs Assessment

FSL Update: Winter 2021 Session

Published Nov 17, 2020

French Second Language Classes will be returning for a Winter session in January 2021! RAWQ will hold a 10-week session from January 11th to March 18th, 2021. Classes will be held virtually due to COVID-19 precautions and will take place in the evening at either 6:30 pm-7:30 pm or 7:30 pm-8:30 pm. Instruction is offered at the beginner, high beginner, intermediate and conversation-focused levels. Open registration will be from December 7th through to December 15th. Current students eligible for pre-registration or those on the waitlist will be contacted directly by the FSL coordinator.

For more information, contact: fsl@westquebecers.ca

RAWQ's Basket of Good Cheer Fundraiser

Published Nov 12, 2020

Basket of Good Cheer
Did you hear about our Basket of Good Cheer fundraiser?
Tickets are $0.99 each or 6 for $5.00. Here is your chance to win over $400 in premium spirits!
You are invited to send your donation via electronic money transfer at info@westquebecers.ca for a touchless experience. Proof of your tickets will later be sent by email. No secret password is required.

RAWQ's Christmas Card Fundraiser

Published Nov 12, 2020

NEW RAWQ
Spread some holiday cheer with your loved ones this season by sending them a card. Thank you to Debra Stephens, Anne-Marie Major, and Robert Valcov for capturing and submitting such lovely scenes across the Outaouais region!
Cards in packages of 10 are available at:
-Shawville: Café 349, 349 Main Street
-Shawville: Boutique Shawville Shooz, 387 Main Street
-Wakefield: Wakefield General Store, 804 Chemin Riverside 
-Bristol: Coronation Hall Cider Mills, 206 River Road
Cards can also be purchased at our Aylmer and Shawville offices, where we will also offer the sale of individual cards for $3.00. For extra convenience, we can ship cards to you for $4.00. Electronic money transfer is accepted at info@westquebecers.ca
For more information, please email: oec@westquebecers.ca

Spoken word—Spoken Ancestries with Dona Nham

Published Oct 2, 2020

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We are pleased to partner with the Quebec Writers' Federation's StoryScaping project to offer a 3-part workshop series, Spoken Word- Spoken Ancestries with Dona Nham.
This series is open to youth and seniors and will take place on October 13, 20, & 20 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Spaces are limited for this virtual series. Register by emailing oec@westquebecers.ca.
Workshop description: Spoken Ancestries is an online spoken word workshop that will take participants on an introspective journey of the Self. Where do we come from? Who do we come from? What stories do we hold? Our own personal histories and lineages will be the inspiration for building a deeper language to ourselves and relationship to our roots. Participants will be guided through a series of collective and individual activities that will investigate, explore, and celebrate the mysteries and truths that only they can tell. Elements of spoken word, performance, and play will be explored in the activities. At the end, participants will share their pieces as an intimate showcase.
Workshop leader bio: Xin chào! Dona Nham is a Vietnamese-Chinese femme born and raised in Treaty 6 (Edmonton) and has been living in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal) since 2009. She is a spoken-word artist, arts-based facilitator, community organizer and cultural worker. Her practice is inspired by regenerative patterns within nature, the exploration of her ancestry and liminality, stories of resilience and diaspora, and the expansive and evolving work of what it means to decolonize, to heal, to love, and to seek truth, even in the darkest of places.

Support Jeanne- Prix Femme d'Influence!

Published Oct 1, 2020

Our team at the Regional Association of West Quebecers is pleased to share that Jeanne Nivischiuk, French Second Language Coordinator was nominated as a candidate for the Prix Femme d'Influence through Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l'Outaouais - AFIO
We are pleased to have the opportunity to work alongside Jeanne and value her dedication and leadership.
Please show your support for Jeanne, by filling out this survey before Monday, October 5th:

RAWQ Photo Contest

Published Sep 25, 2020

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The Regional Association of West Quebecers invites you to send your photos of scenic Outaouais to oec@westquebecers.ca. RAWQ is pursuing a project of assembling greetings cards which will be for sale to support the Association’s projects. Please send your submissions no later than October 14th. We are particularly interested in winter scenes, which may be more appropriate for the holiday season.

RAWQ Talk Series on Youtube

Published Sep 16, 2020

The Regional Association of West Quebecers just launched the first episode of the RAWQ Talk series. This series is made by the community, for the community. Follow along with us!

Episode 1: Youth for Youth Quebec's Flag Project

We want to hear from you, the community! If you have a topic that you would like to see featured in this series, please write to us at aco@westquebecers.ca

Outaouais Adventures

Published Aug 21, 2020

Need another COVID-friendly activity??

Explore the beautiful outdoors! You can find all sorts of nature trails across the Outaouais! 

Click here for more information!

Back-to-school Plan

Published Aug 11, 2020

Yesterday the Quebec Government shared the updated back-to-school plan for preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. As well as procedures to be followed in these institutions.
 
To view English graphics with information outlining plans and procedures:

Shop Local!

Published Aug 6, 2020

SHOP LOCAL

Click here for a listing of Farmers Markets throughout the Outaouais region.

Virtual Bishop's Forum

Published Jul 31, 2020

Did you know that this year's Bishop's Forum is virtual⁉️
Are you a leader between the ages of 17 and 26?
Are you a member of the English-speaking community of Quebec?
Do you want to have a better idea of how Quebec society works?
Do you want an “Inside Look” at how major Quebec institutions do business?
Do you want to make your career here?
Do you want to influence public policy?
If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions, then the Virtual Bishop’s Forum is for you! Register by August 5, 2020 to join the fun.

RAWQ Reopening Message

Published Jul 28, 2020

Dear Members and Constituents,

The past few months has been a tumultuous time for all, including the Regional Association of West Quebecers. The majority of our activities requiring some degree of personal interaction, the Association decided to suspend operations and lay off all staff on April 1st. 

We are relieved and proud to announce the recommencement of operations effective July 27th. Rest assured, significant health and safety precautions will be undertaken to ensure control of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in congruence with public health and safety measures. Among others, the Association offices will be reconfigured to maximize social distancing and our celebrated French Second Language courses will be run online. 

Please stay tuned for more announcements. We look forward to serving you once again in the very near future.


Arthur Ayers,

President, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Regional Association of West Quebecers

RAWQ's COVID-19 Resource Page

Published Mar 19, 2020

Our team at the RAWQ would like to share as many relevant resources as possible with the community. If you have any ideas of activities that families can do from home, home remedies that you might like to share, information about businesses that are still operating, etc. we would love to add to what we currently have to offer. Please share any updates with Hayley at aco@westquebecers.ca

 

RAWQ's COVID-19 Resource Page 

Quiz Night 2020

Published Mar 17, 2020

--POSTPONED--

The Quiz Night event that was to take place on Friday, March 20th has been postponed. If you purchased tickets in advance, we will honour them at a later date.

Thank you!

Recognition of Quiz Night 2020 Sponsors

Published Mar 11, 2020

We would like to thank our sponsors for their contributions to Quiz Night 2020:
Au Jardin de Sylvie (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Audrey Bureau, conseillère municipale d'Aylmer
Bambou Restaurant (rue Principale)
Ben & Florentine (Chemin Vanier)
Café Mulligan (rue Principale)
Casa Grecque (rue Principale)
Chocolats Favoris (Galeries Aylmer)
Cinéma Aylmer (Galeries Aylmer)
Coco Frutti (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Coiffure Moda Elysa (Galeries Aylmer)
Dinty’s (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Dr Jean R. Amyotte – Chiropractor (Avenue Frank-Robinson)
Galeries Aylmer
Garage Grande-Rivière (rue Principale)
Gateau Neo (rue Principale)
Home Hardware (Galeries Aylmer)
IGA (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Jean Coutu (Galeries Aylmer)
Judith O’Rourke
M&M Meat Shop (rue Principale)
MacEwan’s (Chemin Vanier)
Marché Laflamme (rue Principale)
Michabou Libraire (Galeries Aylmer)
National Arts Centre
Ottawa Senators
Pat Cassidy
Pat Graham
Patisserie aux Vieux Alliance (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Provigo- Ecole Culinaire PC (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Réparation Aylmer (Chemin Eardley)
St.Hubert (rue Principale)
Subway (Boulevard Wilfrid-Lavigne)
Super C (rue Principale)
Super Pop Star Confectionery (Galeries Aylmer)
Suprême Pizzeria (Chemin Vanier)
Valcov’s Apiary
Zigazoom (Galeries Aylmer)

Regional Championship

Published Mar 10, 2020

Cheer on the Heritage Hurricanes Men's Basketball team from March 20-22 at the Regional Championship! Basketball

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Spring Session of French Second Language Courses

Published Mar 9, 2020

Back by popular demand, RAWQ will be organizing FSL classes for the Spring. The classes will take place in Aylmer and Wakefield from April 14th to June 16th, a total of 10 weeks for a cost of $110. Classes are currently being offered at the Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Intermediate levels. If you are interested in participating in the Spring session, please contact Jeanne at fsl@westquebecers.ca or at 819-682-9602.

*Please note that classes in Shawville will return in Fall 2020.*

Your 2019 Tax Return Information Session

Published Mar 5, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th from 4-6pm at the Shawville-Clarendon Library (356 Main St.) for a information session on your 2019 tax return.
Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an overview of 2019 provisions of federal and provincial income tax, particularly pertaining to seniors, and much more.

We have partnered with the Municipality of Shawville and Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

Free workshop and all are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Hayley at oec@westquebecers.ca or by calling the Shawville-Clarendon Library at 819-647-3732.

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Y4Y Quebec Symbolism Project

Published Feb 18, 2020

Our friends at Y4Y Quebec need your help!

The Y4Y Quebec Symbolism Project was inspired by the flags of the Canadian Francophonie to create the first official flag to represent the English-speaking community of Quebec! We are looking for you to get involved in the project by telling us the symbols that represent you and the English-speaking community of Quebec. Have your say today!

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Resumption of French second-language courses in the Outaouais!

Published Jan 30, 2020

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The Regional Association of West Quebecers is pleased to announce the resumption of the French second-language courses in the Outaouais! These classes will be $70, which will cover the cost of instruction. Depending on location, either Aylmer or Wakefield, classes will take place from February 4th to April 7th, 2020, for a total of eight weeks. Classes are 1.5 hours each and held in the evenings between 6-9pm. We are currently offering three language levels, A1 (beginner), A2 (high beginner) and B1 (intermediate).
 
If you are interested in joining our classes, now or in the future, please contact Jeanne Nivischiuk at fsl@westquebecers.ca or 819-682-9602.
 
Our free FSL classes will be returning in Fall 2020, and we will be informing members regarding upcoming registration periods!

French Conversation Classes in Aylmer

Published Jan 27, 2020

RAWQ hosts a conversation club, in partnership with Residence L’Initial, on Monday nights in Aylmer.

The club focuses on improving listening comprehension and oral communication in French. We invite guest speakers from around the region to speak about topics of interest or conduct a group conversation. We have hosted such figures as Rick Henderson, Micheline Lemeiux, MNA Andre Fortin, Gatineau Councilwoman Audrey Bureau and others. This club has a $65 fee and will run from January 20th to around May 25th. If you are interested in participating or require more information, please contact Jeanne Nivischiuk at fsl@westquebecers or by calling 819-682-9602.

 

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Suspension of French Second-language Courses

Published Dec 29, 2019

Dear Students of the RAWQ FSL Courses,

It is with great regret that I inform you that the Regional Association of West Quebecers is postponing the next session of our French second-language courses, which was to take place this winter. Due to unforeseen budgetary constraints, we are unable to hold the session.

We will resume the courses as soon as possible; however we do not anticipate that that will be before the autumn of 2020. Student information will be kept, including the information of those who had registered for the cancelled session. We will ensure that they have priority when the courses resume. Should there be any further change in the status of the Program, the Association will notify you all.

Thank you for your participation thus far, and for your patience and understanding going forward. We look forward to seeing you in the fall of 2020.

 

Sincerely,

Linton Garner

Executive Director

Regional Association of West Quebecers

Registration is now closed for our French Second Language Classes

Published Dec 18, 2019

We are not currently registering students for our French Second Language Classes. You can join the waitlist by registering as a member of the Regional Association of West Quebecers (for FREE!) by clicking on the button below. Registration for the French Conversation Club is ongoing and open to the general public, if you are looking to participate in a French activity immediately. For more information you can contact the program coordinator at fsl@westquebecers.ca.

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Closed for the Holidays

Published Dec 17, 2019

Our offices will be closed from December 19, 2019 to January 5, 2019

Wishing you and your family a lovely Holiday season! All the best in 2020!

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Christmas Choral Concert

Published Dec 3, 2019

Join us on Friday, December 13th for our second annual Christmas Choral Concert!

 

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Annual General Meeting

Published Jun 26, 2019

This is an invitation to the Regional Association of West Quebecers' 2019 Annual General Meeting.