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

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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

 

 

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UPDATED: Quyon Community Centre

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●PUBLISHER'S NOTE: It was discovered after this update was published that the Municipality of Pontiac and the builder, Lalonde Cantin Construction (LCC), are locked in a dispute the full nature of which is unclear at this time. Despite multiple attempts to reach out to the Municipality, clarification of the causes of the dispute, as well as the dispute's influence on the completed project's delivery date or when the new community centre will open have not been forthcoming, and are therefore unknown. We continue to follow this story and we will bring you any updates as they become known.

Originally published on October 14th, 2018
under the headline
Work continues on Quyon Community Centre
by: Kate Aley

Everyone is watching the beautiful new Quyon Community Centre nearing completion with equal amounts of impatience and excitement. Final touch-ups on paint and drywall were being done as of last week, including finishing the stairs to the Mezzanine level.

Perfect waste management

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Sheila McCrindle

There is an old saying among environmentalist “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  This applies whenever solutions to environmental problems are being devised. Especially solutions involving human behaviour.  It means that just because a solution is not perfect does not mean it is not good.  Dealing with household organic waste is just such an example.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 3

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Kate Aley


Get Art teacher Tanya McCormick, wearing some of her unique copper jewelry

Believe it or not, all of us have a naturally creative streak and these free art classes, hosted by the Municipality of Pontiac, are the perfect opportunity to dig into it. Next in our roster of Get Art teachers is Tanya McCormick who will be teaching on Saturday, October 27th at the Luskville Community Centre.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 2

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Kate Aley

Get Art, the travelling art school based in the Pontiac, is fortunate to be able to offer all-ages classes again this year. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pontiac, the four classes across our three communities are absolutely free of charge for residents. 

Today we meet Luskville's Chantal Dahan who will be teaching printmaking in Breckenridge on Saturday, October 20th.

Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

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