Sun and Stanstead shine for QAHN members
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.