Dreaming the Dream more than 80% of Goal in Hand
Yesterday, the leaders of the Quebec Lodge Foundation opened the ‘public phase’ of their capital campaign to secure funding for a new version of Quebec Lodge on the shores of Lake Massawippi. At a reception held at the North Hatley Community Center, leaders, donors, and friends of the camp gathered to celebrate the success to date and to launch the final push to meet the $1.5 million goal; only $200,000 more is needed.
The camp which operated for more than 60 years on the lake closed in 2005. At that time
a group of interested individuals began a negotiation with the Anglican Diocese of Quebec which culminated in an offer from the Diocese to donate nearly 70 acres of land, including 185 feet of lakefront if the Foundation could raise $1.5 million. At the reception, Campaign Co-Chairs, Ruth Sheeran and Steve Stafford announced that the campaign total had pushed past the $1.3 million level. Mrs. Sheeran commented: “While we are delighted by our success to date, we are not surprised. Quebec Lodge was a much-beloved institution and developed a following that was both enthusiastic and generous. We are most grateful to all who have worked so hard to make this dream come true and to all who have invested so generously in our project.”
One of those who has helped a lot is Nils Bodtker, who gave an inspirational speech in both languages a la Brian Mulroney. He shares the same birthplace as the former Prime Minister and the Baie Comeau kid was as colorful as Mr. Mulroney can be. He had flown in from Calgary and is headed back today to attend to his business: Great Western Containers.
The new camp will not be affiliated with the Diocese of Quebec and will be open to all young people. A significant portion of the campaign goal will be used to establish a financial assistance fund to ensure that all children have equal access regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
The new Quebec Lodge will focus on developing environmental awareness among the campers, and the facility itself will embrace environmental practices which will result in the smallest possible impact on the flora and fauna of the area. A significant portion of the donated land will become a nature preserve where the many natural wonders of the Eastern Townships may be observed and studied.
A full description of the plans for the new Quebec Lodge can be found on its website www.quebeclodge.org.
Hatley Township mayor, Pierre Levac, representing Massawippi Regional Park that he presides over, Nils Bodtker, Ruth Sheeran, Stephen Stafford and Pierre Reid, Orford MNA.
Pierre Reid’s son, Louis, listening to his father.