“Supporting the English-speaking community in West Quebec”


February 2nd: Coffee Chats with Linda Sparks and Mike Mason

Publié 2023-01-26

Week 3 2023

Linda Sparks, Facilitator of the Gatineau Anglophone Writing Group and Mike Mason, co-manager of Librairie Michabou/La Maison Anglaise (Gatineau) will join us on Thursday, January 26th at 10:00 am for our Coffee Chats. Join the conversation!

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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. Linda started the Gatineau Anglophone Writing Group, which she now helps facilitate.

Mike Mason began working in the book business in July 1976, as a part time employee of W. H. Smith on Sparks Street in Ottawa. After graduating from Carleton University in 1981 he became full time and quickly moved from store to store in the National Capital Region, ultimately managing W.H. Smith stores (which became Smithbooks) in Place du Centre, Hull; Rideau Centre, Ottawa (the 2nd or 3rd largest in sales in Canada); and finally the store in the St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa. At this point Chapters was born in 1994, out of the merger of Smithbooks and Coles, and Mike was given a package. After a year off Mike became a sales rep for Stoddart Publishing for 3 1/2 years, then a rep for McClelland and Stewart for 3 1/2 years and then a rep for HarperCollins Canada for almost 20 years. Mike retired as a rep at the end of 2021. In October 2022 Mike’s friend Guy Dubois, with whom he had been looking to work together, bought Librairie Michabou. Mike is now co-manager of Librairie Michabou/La Maison Anglaise (Gatineau).

French Sing-Along Activities

Publié 2023-01-24

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We have partnered with Canadian Parents for French - Québec & Nunavut, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School- CLC, Eardley Elementary School, and Chelsea Home & School Association to host French Sing-Along activities.
This initiative is specifically designed for French learners and will be presented both in English and in français facile.
This community learning will provide:
•An opportunity to learn new vocabulary and practice French in a safe environment,
•A connection to local Québécois culture,
•Free snacks,
•A chance to win door prizes, and
•Music to feed your soul!
Target age group: This workshop is specifically tailored for families with children aged 7-13, however older and younger youth can also participate and adults are expected to join in too!
Join us at:
-Saturday, March 18th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School: Gymnasium (2 Rue Millar, Gatineau, QC J8Y 3N3)
-Saturday, March 18th from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM at Chelsea Elementary School (74 Chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea, QC J9B 1K9)

Workshop: How to Determine the Right Pricing Strategy

Publié 2023-01-23

RAWQ Workshop February 2023
We are pleased to partner with YES Employment + Entrepreneurship to present a session on How to Determine the Right Pricing Strategy. Join us on Thursday, February 16th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

The workshop will take place at our office (181 rue Principale Unit A-11, Gatineau). Space is limited and registration is required.
  • Do you ask yourself if you are charging enough for your product or service?
  • Do you have questions about fixed costs, variable costs, markups and margins?
Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to cost your product or service, how to calculate your profit margins, and define a strategy for channel pricing. The session will be delivered by Robert Therriault CPA CMA, MBA & YES Business Coach.

Gatineau Anglophone Writing Group - FULL

Publié 2023-01-18

February 2023 GAWG Poster

A new English Language writing group has started. The Gatineau Anglophone Writing Group (GAWG) is in partnership with the Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ).

The group is now FULL thanks to an overwhelming response from local writers. Please stay tuned as there may be opportunities to get involved with GAWG in the future.

This group would not be possible without, Facilitator, Linda Sparks. To learn more about Linda, click here.

Join our team!

Publié 2023-01-11

Board Recruitment RAWQ

Would you like to make a difference in the region? The Regional Association of West Quebecers is looking to fill two vacancies on the Board.

You have the opportunity to make a significant difference in the English-speaking community. You will help drive change and innovation to improve the community.
To submit your candidacy, send a letter of intent and a brief promotional bio of yourself to nominations@westquebecers.ca. We hope to hear from you!

RAWQ Christmas Card Fundraiser

Publié 2022-12-05

Christmas Cards 2022
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 Anne-Marie Major, Eileen Barry, Sally Keindel, Jan Eastaugh, Lisa Twolan, and William Dale 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
Cards can be purchased at both of our offices. For more information, please email: oec@westquebecers.ca

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RAWQ Workshop February 2023

Workshop: How to Determine the Right Pricing Strategy - 6:00-8:00 pm


RAWQ Business Coaching February 2023

One-On-One Business Coaching - 9:00am-5:00pm


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