Sid Stevens and Earl De La Per­ralle re­ceive the Sheila and Vic­tor Gold­bloom Award

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On Oc­to­ber 26th, rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sup­port­ers of Que­bec’s English-speak­ing com­mu­nity were gath­ered at Mon­treal's pres­ti­gious Saint James Club to rec­og­nize the out­stand­ing work of in­di­vid­u­als who have made ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tions to the an­glo­phone com­mu­nity. For the 9th edi­tion of the Sheila and Vic­tor Gold­bloom Award cer­e­mony, cre­ated in 2009 by the Que­bec Com­mu­nity Groups Net­work (QCGN), the hon­ours went to busi­ness­man and for­mer politi­cian Clif­ford Lin­coln, to health and so­cial ser­vices ad­vo­cate James Carter and to Sun Youth co­founders Sid Stevens and Earl De La Per­ralle. The Young Que­be­cers Lead­ing the Way Award went to Clau­dia Do Io­rio for her ef­forts in pro­mot­ing safe driv­ing. The evening hosted by CTV Mon­treal jour­nal­ist and lead an­chor Mut­sumi Taka­hashi high­lighted the 5 nom­i­nees ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to Que­bec's an­glo­phone com­mu­nity. “In their in­di­vid­ual ways, and in far dif­fer­ent fields of en­deav­our, our Com­mu­nity Award win­ners have proven to be extraordinary lead­ers who have made ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tions to our Com­mu­nity of Com­mu­ni­ties,” QCGN Pres­i­dent James Shea said via press re­lease.“All have been vi­sion­ar­ies, ded­i­cated to their com­mu­ni­ties and their causes. They not only in­spire so­cial change—they em­body it through their ac­tions and their com­mit­ment.” When 13 year-old Sid Stevens and 9 year-old Earl De La Per­ralle cre­ated with a group of young­sters a hand­writ­ten news­pa­per called "The Clark Street Sun" in 1954, their main goal was to gen­er­ate much-needed funds to fi­nance the pur­chase of sports equip­ment. They had lit­tle idea that their small hand-writ­ten news­pa­per would give birth to one of the city's best known com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions sixty-three years later.

The evening was full of emo­tions for Sun Youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing both nom­i­nees. It was also a won­der­ful evening for all those present at this event marked by cul­tural diver­sity. In fact, all speak­ers spoke in French and English, show­ing the open­ness of the English-speak­ing com­mu­nity and its de­sire to build bridges of un­der­stand­ing be­tween Que­be­cers of dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

Sid Stevens and Earl De La Per­ralle with Mayor of Mon­treal De­nis Coderre at

the Sheila and Vic­tor Gold­bloom Awards. Photo: Ann St Ar­naud.

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