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