Quyon Maison de la Famille: standing strong and shining brightly



Kate Aley

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.

"We are always there to help people," she wrote. "Our activities assist families and individuals in the sea of the lives. Sometimes our help is the light in the night that allows people to find their way in difficult times."

She admitted the MdlFQ has had its fair share of storms and gray clouds this year but added "2017-18 is forecasting sunny skies and a few rainbows."

Sara McCann awarding Louann Gibeault with a certificate of appreciation for her work at the MdlFQ

This year, the Maison continued many popular projects and added a few new ones. The craft workshop evening, designed to appeal to women who need to take some creative time for themselves, had 18 participants. It runs from June to October.

Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert with a bouquet of flowers for ED, Catherine Beaudet.

A Meet and Greet event hosts 15 participants every Thursday afternoon. Community members have a place to relax and socialize with others, breaking the feeling of isolation. Occasional musical guests encourage positive energy and a sense of joie de vivre.

The Collective Kitchen initiative continues to be popular. Working with the Alliance Alimentaire des Collines, participants meet and cook meals together once per month, with daycare available for those with small children.

The Maison's second hand clothing and housewares store: a bargain-seekers paradise.

Bingo continues be a highlight, less as a fundraiser and more as an entertaining outing for members of the community. The snowsuit fund aided 34 children from 19 families last year, aided by local businesses Depanneur Marcotte, Depanneur Poirier and Desjardins Masham-Luskville.

The Back to School program, offering school supplies for 25% of the usual retail cost, was offered to 43 children from 10 families in the Municipality of Pontiac and Bristol.

Fun times await at playgroup.

The pre-school childrens' playgroup (Little Grasshoppers) has expanded to include a PD daycare service, a gym day and a monthly bilingual get-together, as well as a partnership with the municipal day camp. The baby sitting course was taken by 12 children last year and the Home Alone course (helping young people feel confident  and educated about being at home without an adult) was taken by 20 youth aged eight and over.

Also new this year: The Income Tax Clinic, aiding 106 local resident s through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program; the CLIC OPEC program which helps low-income families find a refurbished desktop computer at a low cost and a vegetable market table with produce from les Jardins Educatif in Campbell's Bay.

The MdlFQ also took part in the annual Lions Club parade last year, winning best float. The Harvest Supper in October raised $1,313 for the MdlFQ.

Visit the MdlFQ: buy a second-hand book and six new old drinking glasses. Donate your used skates and DVDs. Look at the pin board, smile at your neighbours. Get involved. Lend a hand. Every person that comes through the door helps support and enrich this community. The Maison is us.


La Quyon Maison de la Famille

​1074 Clarendon St., Quyon

819 458 2808

Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday.



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.