Nos jeunes Pontiaçois / The young people of Pontiac
That's about the size of it! Executive Director Catherine Beaudet stretches her arms wide in happiness and gratitude as she describes the past year of events and achievements at the Quyon Maison de la Famille's annual general meeting on June 20.
From left: ED Catherine Beaudet with board members Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert and Sara-Lynn McCann.
The Maison de la Famille de Quyon (MdlFQ) continues to be a remarkable and vital mainstay in this community. In her AGM notes, Beaudet compared the Centre to a lighthouse which stands and shines over the community of Pontiac.
Kids and their adults came in droves to the third annual Parents of the Municipality of Pontiac (PMP) picnic event, held at the Community Centre in Luskville on June 17. There was art, there was craft, there were bubbles to blow, a mini-bouncy castle to pounce on and three -- count them, THREE -- fire engines to climb on. AND snacks! What more could the under-5 set ask for?
Se mettre en forme et rester fort sont intégralement liés pour une vie en santé. Ces objectifs à atteindre seront facilités dans la municipalité de Pontiac par la directrice de la Maison de la Famille de Quyon Catherine Beaudet qui a rassemblé le financement nécessaire pour supporter la démarche de création d'un gymnase communautaire dans Quyon.
Getting fit and staying strong is an integral part of healthy living. Now these goals will be even easier to achieve in this municipality.
Catherine Beaudet, executive director of the Quyon Maison de la Famille (QMdlF), has managed to find funding to support the creation of a community gymnasium based in Quyon.
The news was made public at the QMdlF's Annual General Meeting on June 20. Beaudet had promised a special announcement after the usual AGM business and she certainly delivered.
It's sunny, the grass is green and the park is calling! Pack up your picnic basket and come to the third annual Parents of the Municipality of Pontiac (PMP) children's picnic on Saturday at the Luskville Community Centre. (The above image is from last year evidently!)
Fun activities include bubble blowing, face painting, a bouncy castle and craft projects. Help local community group Get Art paint a new Croque-Livre book box to become the next free-exchange kids' library.
A good breakfast is the best way to start the day. And, every day across Canada, volunteers assemble at elementary schools at 6:30 a.m. to make sure young students get that best start.
On June 6, Le Club des petits déjeuners (The Breakfast Club) volunteers from Notre Dame de la Joie in Luskville and Ste. Marie in Quyon gathered to be rewarded with a breakfast of their own. But first they served breakfast for the kids of course!
23 year-old Jacob Gendron was born and raised in Luskville and has always loved the outdoors. He took that love to the Cégep in St. Felicien near Lac St. Jean to study environment and wildlife management for three years. Now he is back to work for us.
“It was the only place with that kind of class in Quebec, in Lac St. Jean,” said Gendron. “The training was to identify plants and animals, [doing] a lot of field work. By the end you are like a biologist but at the technical level.”
Eva Baldi of Beechgrove is only 16 years-old but her eyes are already fixed on the bright stage lights of the future. The grade 10 student recently performed a major role in the Broadway musical play In the Heights at Philemon Wright High School (PWHS) in Hull. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the story is set in a Hispanic community in New York City that is facing familial change and economic challenges. Eva played the role of Camilla Rosario.
Above, Eva at home with best friend Jetty.
Be wise like These Three Kings and head to the Quyon library at 6:30 pm on Wednesday Dec. 21st for carol singing, snacks and maybe a little "cadeau". Onslow students will also present a small play. (These particular Kings are, from left, Thomas Alary, Rolly Bernier and Caden Provost in the Quyon United Church Christmas pageant, held last Sunday)
For information about the carol singing, call the library at 819 458 1227 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome!
Départ à 14 heures! Les participants du défilé se rassembleront à l'école Onslow ..... Suivez le défilé jusqu'au centre communautaire près de la rivière de l'Outaouais pour rencontrer le Père Noël!
Starts at 2 pm! Floats to gather at Onslow School..... Follow the parade down to the Beach Barn by the River to have a quick word with Santa!
On a chilly and overcast Saturday morning, what could be better than a meal of piping hot pancakes to start the day? Eating those pancakes with 150 or so of your neighbours, that's what!
Above, Onslow Home and School coordinator Stacey Johnston, [in black, center] explains the bulb planting process to eager helpers.
It takes more than mud to deter a good gardener and the afternoon of October 16 proved it. Approximately 30 students, parents, teachers and community members assembled to help plant 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs in a new bed created on the front lawn of Onslow Elementary in Quyon. The garden will bloom as part of Canada's 150th celebrations next year.
Are you an early riser? Do you like to work as a team? Do you adore milk mustaches and jam on little fingers? Then you must join us as a volunteer at the Breakfast Club at Notre Dame de la Joie school in Luskville.
It makes everyone feel good!
For more information, call Hélène Bélisle, volunteer co-ordinator, at 819 455 9416 or email email@example.com
« L'Outaouais compte un très grand nombre de gens qui arrivent de l'extérieur et ils n'ont souvent pas les clés pour bien comprendre la région. J'ai voulu les rendre accessibles. »
En publiant prochainement l'ouvrage L'autre Outaouais, Guide de découverte du patrimoine, l'historienne Manon Leroux n'offrira pas que des clés, mais bien un trousseau complet, une véritable bible du patrimoine régional de 400 pages à l'intérieur de laquelle aucun village de l'Outaouais n'aura été ignoré.
Winning a modeling contest might seem like a dream, but for one young local, the dream is now officially a reality.
14 year-old Sophie Fortin of Luskville won the overall prize at the Top Model Search Canada competition in Toronto on August 21.
From left, some of the members of the PMP and Comite 0-5 ans: Mark Bradley with Maxim Beaufort-Bradley, Myriam Pipon, Sylvie L'Heureux, Sophie Hunter and Camille Bradley with Tianna Beaufort-Bradley.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and the Parents de la Municipalite de Pontiac (PMP) are determined to create and support that village. The group, backed by a number of provincially-funded groups as well as other local community partners, held their first Annual General Meeting on August 4 at the Community Centre in Luskville.
Launched mid-June in 2015, the PMP's activities have included dancing lessons, workshops on body image and healthy eating, as well as a story-telling hour and a picnic event. PMP organizers estimate at least 40 to 50 families have been part of this years activities.
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…
Everyone understands austerity: paring back luxuries and comforts to the bare essentials in order to make it through hard financial times.
But what does it mean when essential services that help some of our most vulnerable population must endure reduced funding?
This summer, the Maison de la Famille Quyon (the Quyon Family Centre) is closing one day per week for the month of June to handle some serious funding cutbacks. The Centre will be closed on Mondays, leaving staff and patrons to manage with a four-day work week.
The construction of the extension to Notre Dame de la Joie elementary school in Luskville is coming along very nicely. The structure for the top story is complete and materials for the walls, windows and roof are being delivered. I hope there will be a grand opening. I love a good ribbon-cutting, as quite a lot of you know.