Dream­ing the Dream more than 80% of Goal in Hand

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, North Hat­ley

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.

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