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Annual QAHN Convention in QAHN in Stanbridge East!

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--May 11, 2014.

Dear friends and colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 15th Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN). This year, our event is being held on Saturday, June 7, in historic, picturesque Stanbridge East, in the heart of old Missisquoi County. Missisquoi has seen its share of history: the Loyalists; the Rebellions; the Fenian Raids; even an episode of the American Civil War. These days, though, it’s rather a tranquil place.

This being an AGM, there will be some business to attend to -- project reports, an auditor’s report and elections to QAHN’s Board of Directors. We’ll also have to ratify our new 2014-2019 Strategic Plan, which was emailed to QAHN members in January of this year, following a planning summit in Longueuil last September and months of work by our Strategic Planning Committee.

The business portion of our day will take place in the lovely Stanbridge East United Church, built in 1885 on the site of an old Methodist Chapel. Once the business has been taken care of, we’ll make our way across the street to the community hall for a delicious lunch.

Over the course of the afternoon, we’ll hear from historians Béatrice Kowaliczko and Brian Young, Professor emeritus of History at McGill University, who will speak about the “McGill-Des Rivières family of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge.”

And, as we do every year at this time, we will present our annual Marion Phelps Award, which recognizes outstanding long-term contributions by an individual volunteer to the preservation and promotion of Anglophone heritage in Quebec, and our Richard Evans Award, which recognizes the contributions of a group of volunteers.

After lunch, we’ll take a guided stroll back in time to Hodge’s General Store. Built around 1841, the store is stocked with items from the early 1900s. Then we’ll head over to the Cornell Grist Mill, home to the Missisquoi Museum since 1964. The mill, which dates to 1830, hugs up against the bank of the Pike River. Inside, there are exhibitions on several floors chronicling life in this corner of Quebec. If we’re lucky, we might even get a glimpse of the beaver that is said to inhabit the nether regions of the old mill.

After touring the museum, we’ll close the day by driving convoy-style to the tiny hamlet of Mystic, just a few minutes from Stanbridge East. Here we’ll be treated to an inside view of the newly restored Walbridge Barn. Built by the eccentric genius Alexander Walbridge in 1882 and unique in the world, this barn has twelve sides, each side originally built to accommodate a different crop. Today the Walbridge Barn houses an exhibition on the agricultural heritage of the region.

We do hope that representatives of each of QAHN’s core member-organizations (and their spouses) will attend our AGM. Affiliated groups and interested individuals are also invited to take part. Please note that only delegates from core member-organizations in good standing have the right to vote at the business meeting.

If your organization cannot find someone to represent it in Stanbridge East, then I urge you to sign the proxy vote form that is included with this letter, and return it to our office. Proxy votes support the majority vote of those present at the meeting.

So mark June 7, 2014, on your calendars, and register soon to attend this event. We look forward to seeing you!

Matthew Farfan
Executive Director

Click here for the convention poster!

Click here for the registration form!

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