Sun and Stanstead shine for QAHN mem­bers

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

QAHN mem­bers from all around the prov­ince were im­pressed with the town of Stanstead, last Satur­day, when about 65 mem­bers came to town for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing and Awards Cer­e­mony.

“We had a great turnout for the event. It was nice and cool in the Ma­sonic Lodge and in the Colby-Cur­tis, we had air-conditioning in La Vieille Douane, but it was a bit steamy in the Haskell,” said QAHN Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Matthew Far­fan who or­ga­nized the event that fell on the year’s first scorcher. “It’s al­ways a good sign when peo­ple stay right to the end. I got a lot of com­pli­ments from mem­bers about Stanstead. They were re­ally im­pressed with how pretty the town was and how beau­ti­ful the his­toric build­ings, par­tic­u­larly along Duf­ferin Street, were.”

The Que­bec An­glo­phone Her­itage Net­work (QAHN) nor­mally gives out two an­nual prizes at their Awards Cer­e­mony, but this year, they awarded four. Bill Young, of Hud­son, was awarded the Marion Phelps Award for his lead­ing in­volve­ment with the Green­wood Cen­tre for Liv­ing His­tory. “He was thrilled and said he had re­ceived awards be­fore for this pro­ject but was es­pe­cially hon­oured to re­ceive the Marion Phelps Award,” said the Di­rec­tor.

The Richard Evans Award was given to the Rich­mond County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety dur­ing the lun­cheon, ac­cepted by Bev Taber Smith and Muriel Duffy. “This or­ga­ni­za­tion runs a mu­seum and one of the rea­sons we hon­oured them was be­cause, dur­ing their 50th an­niver­sary in 2012, they did a re­ally in­ter­est­ing time cap­sule event.”

“One of the spe­cial prizes was given to an­other Town­ship­per who is thor­oughly de­serv­ing: Marion Green­lay. She was awarded an Out­stand­ing Town­ship­per Award, last year, but QAHN wanted to give her their own spe­cial award. She’s the kind of vol­un­teer who’s al­ways be­hind the scenes; the book­keeper rarely gets the glory but we couldn’t func­tion with­out her. She’s al­ways look­ing out for the fi­nan­cial health of QAHN and, this year, we had so many projects on the go, there was a huge amount of book­keep­ing,” com­mented Mr. Far­fan about Ms. Green­lay who also vol­un­teers as a book­keeper for the Town­ships Sun, Up­lands, LAHMS and more.

“The fi­nal spe­cial prize was given to our de­part­ing pres­i­dent, Kevin O’Don­nell, who is mov­ing to China for a few years. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony he had to suf­fer through a five page Haiku that I wrote for him.” Mr. O’Don­nell was given a bronze sculp­ture of an en­dan­gered species, the black-footed fer­ret, which was cre­ated by Way’s Mills artist, Ge­orge Foster. “It was nice to give him a lo­cally cre­ated art work mounted on lo­cal gran­ite.”

“Philippe Du­til gave a brief speech and stayed for our lun­cheon. The food at La Vieille Douane was ex­cel­lent and we had great ser­vice. It was a re­ally good event and Stanstead looked great,” con­cluded Mr. Far­fan, who is also a proud res­i­dent of the town.

Here in Stanstead af­ter the QAHN Awards Cer­e­mony were (l. to r.): Matthew Far­fan, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, QAHN; Marion

Green­lay, Vol­un­teer Book­keeper, QAHN -- Win­ner of Spe­cial QAHN Prize #1; Bill Young, Vol­un­teer and Found­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at Green­wood Cen­tre for Liv­ing His­tory, Win­ner of 2013 Marion Phelps Award; Kevin O’Don­nell, Out go­ing Pres­i­dent of QAHN --Win­ner of Spe­cial QAHN Prize #2 (a bronze sculp­ture by Stanstead East artist Ge­orge Foster); Bev Taber Smith, Pres­i­dent of Rich­mond County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety -- RCHS is the win­ner of the 2013 Richard Evans Award; Si­mon Jacobs, of Que­bec City, newly elected Pres­i­dent of QAHN; and Philippe Du­til, the Mayor of Stanstead.

Coat­i­cook’s Re­lay for Life event, held on Satur­day night, raised $105,000 for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety. Over twelve hours, 34 teams of ten peo­ple each and more than 100 can­cer sur­vivors walked all night long around a trail at the Cen­tre de la Na­ture. The sur­vivors, seen here in yel­low t-shirts, lead the pack at the start of the event.

The QAHN An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing was held at Stanstead’s Golden Rule Lodge, the old­est Ma­sonic Lodge in Que­bec.

Hu­morist and author, Ross Mur­ray, en­ter­tained QAHN mem­bers dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony at La Vieille Douane Bistro.

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