“Supporting the English-speaking community in West Quebec”

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

Publié 2022-01-24

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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!

Publié 2022-01-21

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

Publié 2022-01-11

Write your story with comics Kate Lavut

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!

Publié 2022-01-10

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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!

Publié 2022-01-07

Gloria

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

Publié 2021-12-31

BGC 2021
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

Publié 2021-12-13

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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

Publié 2021-12-09

ACT

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

Publié 2021-12-02

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

Publié 2021-11-30

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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

Publié 2021-11-26

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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

Publié 2021-11-19

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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

Publié 2021-11-10

Week 4 Greg Fergus

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

Publié 2021-10-28

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

Publié 2021-10-25

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‼

Publié 2021-10-18

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!

Publié 2021-10-07

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.

Publié 2021-10-06

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

Publié 2021-10-01

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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.

Publié 2021-09-29

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

Publié 2021-09-29

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 **. 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

Publié 2021-09-28

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

Publié 2021-09-24

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

Publié 2021-09-09

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'

Publié 2021-09-08

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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.

Now on YouTube

Publié 2021-08-27

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

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RAWQ Virtual Community Information Session

Publié 2021-08-19

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

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

RAWQ Community Information Session

Publié 2021-07-07

 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)

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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

Publié 2021-07-02

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

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Eating Well in the Summer on a Budget Workshop

Publié 2021-06-28

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

Publié 2021-06-03

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

Publié 2021-06-01

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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

Publié 2021-03-03

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!

Publié 2021-02-12

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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

Publié 2021-01-18

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:
  
NEW 2021 Tax Info Session Shawville v2

Basket of Good Cheer Update

Publié 2021-01-04

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!

Publié 2021-01-04

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

Publié 2020-11-24

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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

Publié 2020-11-23

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.


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RAWQ Youth Needs Assessment

Publié 2020-11-18

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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

Publié 2020-11-17

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

Publié 2020-11-12

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

Publié 2020-11-12

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

Publié 2020-10-02

Spoken Ancestries
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!

Publié 2020-10-01

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

Publié 2020-09-25

Xmas card photos

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

Publié 2020-09-16

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

Publié 2020-08-21

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

Publié 2020-08-11

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!

Publié 2020-08-06

SHOP LOCAL

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

Virtual Bishop's Forum

Publié 2020-07-31

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

Publié 2020-07-28

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

La page ressource de l’ARWQ sur COVID-19

Publié 2020-03-19

L’équipe de l’ARWQ souhaite partager à la communauté toutes les ressources pertinentes. Nous vous invitons à partager vos idées avec la communauté, tel que : remèdes maison, activités familiales, information sur les commerces toujours ouverts, etc. Nous aimerions partager votre matériel avec celui que nous publions déjà. Partagez vos mise à jour avec Hayley, à : aco@westquebecers.ca

 

La page ressource de l’ARWQ sur COVID-19 

Quiz Night 2020

Publié 2020-03-17

--Reporté--

La soirée « Quiz Night » qui devait avoir lieu le vendredi 20 mars a été reportée. Si vous êtes en possession de billets, ils seront honorés à une date ultérieure.

Merci !

Message du conseil d’administration de l’ARWQ sur COVID-19

Publié 2020-03-16

Letter from the RAWQ Board 

Mesdames et messieurs de l’Association,

La présente situation concernant le virus COVID-19 a nécessité des changements rapides et dramatiques dans nos vies. L’Association régionale des West Quebecers traite de ce dossier avec beaucoup de sérieux et sachez que nous prenons toutes les mesures et dispositions nécessaires pour assurer la santé et la sécurité de nos membres, nos étudiants et le personnel de l’ARWQ.

Afin de se conformer aux directives du Ministère de la santé publique, débutant
le 16 mars 2020, toutes les activités organisées par l’ARWQ sont reportées jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

Les événements et activités suivantes sont reportées :

  • Les ateliers du Club de conversation en français à la Résidence l’Initial;
  • Tous les cours de français langue seconde à Aylmer et Wakefield;
  • La soirée « Quiz Night » du 20 mars, 2020;
  • La session d’information sur les impôts 2019 qui devait être tenue à Shawville le 24 mars à la librairie Clarendon;
  • Les bureaux de l’ARWQ d’Aylmer et de Shawville seront fermés.

Nous sommes certains que vous aussi concernés que nous pour la santé et le bien-être de la communauté, et que vous comprendrez les raisons qui motivent l’ARWQ et les autres organisations d’errer prudemment. Tenez-vous à l’affut des derniers développements en consultant notre site Web ou notre page Facebook.

Nous réitérons les conseils des instances publiques et vous invitons à prendre toutes les précautions pour sauvegarder la santé de tous vos proches.

Merci pour votre compréhension et votre coopération.

Arthur Ayers,
Président, et au nom du Conseil d’administration de l’Association régionale des West Quebecers.

Reconnaissance des commanditaires « Quiz Night »

Publié 2020-03-11

Nous souhaitons remercier nos commanditaires pour leur contribution à notre évènement « Quiz Night »

  • 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
  • Aliments M&M [rue Principale]
  • MacEwan’s [Chemin Vanier]
  • Marché Laflamme [rue Principale]
  • Librairie Michabou [Galeries Aylmer]
  • Centre National des Arts
  • Sénateurs d’Ottawa
  • Pat Cassidy
  • Pat Graham
  • Pâtisserie la Vieille-Alliance [Chemin d’Aylmer]
  • Provigo-École Culinaire PC [Chemin d’Aylmer]
  • Réparation Aylmer [Chemin Eardley]
  • St.Hubert [rue Principale]
  • Subway [boul. Wilfrid-Lavigne]
  • Super C [rue Principale]
  • Confiserie Super Pop Star [Galeries Aylmer]
  • Pizzeria Suprême [Chemin Vanier]
  • Apiculture Valcov
  • Zigazoom [Galeries Aylmer]

Regional Championship

Publié 2020-03-10

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

Publié 2020-03-09

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

Publié 2020-03-05

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

Publié 2020-02-18

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!

surveymonkey.com/r/SymbolismSurvey

REPRISE DES COURS DE FRANÇAIS, LANGUE SECONDE EN OUTAOUAIS

Publié 2020-01-30

January 2020 CC
L’Association régionale des West Quebecers est fière d’annoncer la reprise des cours de français, langue seconde en Outaouais ! Ces cours au coût de 70$ afin de couvrir les frais de l’instruction auront lieu soit à Aylmer, soit à Wakefield. Ces cours seront dispensés du 4 février au 7 avril, 2020 pour un total de huit semaines. Les classes durent 90 minutes chacune entre 18 h et 21 h. Nous offrons présentement trois niveaux d’instruction : A1- débutant, A2- débutant avancé et A3- intermédiaire.
 
Ça vous intéresse? Contactez Jeanne Nivischiuk au fsl@westquebecers.ca ou en composant le 819 682-9602.
 
Nos cours de français langue seconde reprendront à l’automne 2020. Nous garderons nos membres au courant pour les aviser de la période d’inscription!

CLASSES DE CONVERSATION EN FRANÇAIS À AYLMER

Publié 2020-01-27

L’Association régionale des West Quebecers organise un club de conversation les lundis soirs, en partenariat avec la Résidence L’Initial à Aylmer.

Le Club fait emphase sur l’amélioration de l’écoute et de la compréhension de la communication verbale en français. Nous proposons des invités spéciaux de la région à parer de sujets d’intérêts ou de stimuler une conversation de groupe. À date, nous avons reçu des personnalités tel que Rick Henderson, Micheline Lemieux, le Député provincial André Fortin et la conseillère municipale Audrey Bureau pour ne nommer que ceux-là. Le frais d’adhésion à ce club se fait au coût de 65 $ et les rencontres ont lieu à l’Initial une fois par semaine du 20 janvier au 25 mai.

Ça vous intéresse? Contactez Jeanne Nivischiuk au fsl@westquebecers.ca ou en composant le 819 682-9602.

Nos cours de français langue seconde reprendront à l’automne 2020. Nous garderons nos membres au courant pour les aviser de la période d’inscription!

 

January 2020 Conversation Club

Suspension of French Second-language Courses

Publié 2019-12-29

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

Publié 2019-12-18

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

Publié 2019-12-17

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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Free French Classes

Publié 2019-12-03

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

 

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Annual General Meeting

Publié 2019-06-26

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