The Maison de la Famille de Quyon: a garden in our midst



Kate Aley

The Maison de la Famille Quyon (MdlFQ) held its Annual General Assembly on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm at their building on Clarendon Street in Quyon. As usual, director general Catherine Beaudet wrote a beautiful foreword to the AGM notes. Here it is in full.

"Last spring, the children from the play groups made a collective art painting; the maste piece that you can admire on the cover page [above]. A metaphor between these colourful flowers growing and the Quyon Family Centre comes to my mind…

At the Family Centre, we proudly say that we are “the little organization that could”. We are always thriving, always moving forward. We keep on growing by firmly planting our roots deeper in our community as we branch out to our partners. In spite of our challenges and struggles, we continue to persevere and move forward…

This year, we went further notably by strengthening our relationship with our partners in food security, through our involvement in social development projects with the municipality, and in maintaining good relationships with our various partners.

Our year was also flourishing with our activities and projects; the ice cream sale as a new fund raiser, our snowsuit fund that raised enough money for the increased number of children registered, and the great participation we had in our Y'app (Nobody's Perfect) program and our play groups (which welcomed seven babies!)

I could not be talking about growth without mentioning the employees who do not cease to “blossom” year after year. Julie has progressed from maintenance clerk to an animator in control of her kitchen and group. Linda, a creative animator to a respected intervenant. Louann, clothing counter clerk to an organized receptionist and a great informal intervenant. Peggy, no one knows your tasks better than you do and have been doing for 15 years now with brio!

At the Quyon Family Centre, we also regularly witness the success and personal growth of people that come to our organization. The women, men, children that we get to know and see bloom is what truly gives our organization its reason for being. Congratulations for another great year all in colours. Thank you to the employees, volunteers and Board members for your devotion to the organization. Thank you to our families and participant for your constant support!" 

The MdlFQ has become a remarkable mainstay in the community and those around it. The programs and services it provides are absolutely vital for this rural and occasionally resource-poor area. This year the Family Centre’s Snowsuit Fund helped 50 children from 25 families from the Municipality of Pontiac and Bristol. A total of 77 people came to the centre for assistance from the yearly tax clinic. The “Home Alone” program which provides children with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time was offered to 21 children.

Another learning and sharing program, known as Nobody’s Perfect, was offered to nine parents. This program allows parents of young children to meet with others, share questions or concerns and learn about child development, safety, health and behaviour. A group of 17 students took the babysitting course this year.

The Back to School Program, funded by Centraide Outaouais, allows low-income families to purchase everything required for school at only 25 percent of retail cost.  Forty-four grade-school children from 17 families from within the Municipality of Pontiac benefitted from this program last September.

A Craft Workshop for women has about 15 members and a weekly meet-and-greet has another 15 participants.

It is, perhaps, in the loosely named “interventions” section of the AGM notes that you can see what an enormous source of diverse aid the Centre truly is. Many times a month, the staff offer help with reading complex forms or instructions, provide a sympathetic ear or find help with another organization for a specific need. The MdlFQ is even able to access the Grenier des Collines’ food bank in case of emergency like a house fire. This truly is the “the little organization that could”.

However, the Maison does struggle financially at times and can always use more friends. I strongly urge you to drop in at the Clothing Counter and browse the huge amount of terrific clothes, books, movies, sports gear and toys. Alternately, drop off your gently-used goods for the store to sell and, of course, spread the word.

Maison de la Famille de Quyon/Quyon Family Centre

1074 rue de Clarendon, Quyon.

819 458 2808



Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Celebrating weeds (not weed)


Look what I found in a particularly weedy part of my garden: the first Monarch caterpillar I've seen a very very VERY long time.






I found that chubby little fellow lurking on a blade of grass so I moved him to this leaf, where he lay like a slug for quite a long time. Then I saw that he'd done a neat u-turn. Then I saw he'd eaten a patch of the leaf and taken off like a maniac. No idea where went. Looked everywhere. So I assume he's out there.

Let your milkweed grow. 

Creative summer art classes



Kate Aley

Get some colour into your life this summer with bright new art courses at the Pontiac School of the Arts in Portage du Fort. This year, classes include watercolour painting, printmaking, screen writing and floor cloths (a durable painted canvas mat). 

Now in it's 14th year, the Pontiac School of the Art's mission is to inspire creative discovery in everyone.

For Over 8 MONTHS We’ve Had NO Emergency Route



Ashley Graveline



As someone who lives on Baie road and heads up to Quyon often, it really starts to hit how long Alary road has been washed out — and how annoying it is to detour around to head up to Quyon, Shawville etc.

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens



Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant



Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project



Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!


Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters



Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.